Thursday morning tidbits
* Chris Duncan is out of the lineup again, though he was scheduled to take batting practice in the cage, which is a step forward.
* At most five relievers are available. Reyes, Villone and Flores are available and will be asked to do the bulk of the work. Franklin and Isringhausen are both available if needed to close out a win; I’d guess Izzy is more available than Franklin, but he did get up several times last night. Thompson may have to take one for the team if it’s going poorly.
* Today’s lineup: Schumaker LF, Miles 2B, Pujols 1B, Ankiel CF, Glaus 3B, Ludwick RF, LaRue C, Thompson P, Izturis SS.
* Colorado lineup: Spilborghs CF, Tulowitzki SS, Helton 1B, Holliday LF, Atkins 3B, Hawpe RF, Baker 2B, Iannetta C, Jimenez P.
* Right now there are a few drops of rain, but nothing serious at all. The tarp is not on the field, which is encouraging. The forecast can be found here, but in short it appears that if this thing gets delayed, it’s bad news. Looks like it should be fine early, getting worse late, so once it stops, it’s probably stopped for good.
* Opening Day in the Minors today. Starting pitchers Mike Parisi (Memphis), PJ Walters (Springfield), Tyler Herron (Palm Beach), and Shaun Garceau (Quad Cities).