Opening Day tidbits: Lohse, Freese and more

Happy Opening Day, y’all. It’s shaping up to be a pretty nice day. Looking like we’ll crack 50 degrees by first pitch, and we’ve only got a few clouds at the moment. Considering what yesterday morning looked like, that sounds awfully decent.

 

* Kyle Lohse had a rough outing yesterday in his last game of the spring, a Minor League game against the Mets’ Triple-A Buffalo affiliate. He allowed six earned runs on 11 hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. Lohse said the line was not a lie; it was a rough one for him. But between a stiff wind and the strange circumstances (all of his teammates, of course, had already left town), Lohse said he wasn’t worried about it.

 

* David Freese will likely play today and Saturday with Daniel Descalso playing Sunday, but TLR sounds more and more like that “2 out of 3″ prediction for Freese will end up being conservative.

 

* According to TLR, Matt Holliday and Brian Tallet are both unrestricted and good to go after dealing with nagging injuries.

 

* I was asked to pass this along, and it seems like a worthy cause so I am happy to: Budweiser has launched a “Here’s To The Heroes” program at MLB games this year. For every homer hit in a Major League game this year, Bud will donate $100 to Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships for children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled in the line of duty.

 

* Also from the asked to pass it along category, the Jack Buck CD from the Baseball Voices collection is now available online. If you go to the various places you can buy CDs online and search for Jack Buck, you should be able to find it.

 

And, finally, the playlist. And it’s exactly one song, on loop in my head all day. The greatest baseball song ever written:

“Talkin’ Softball” (from Maine to San Diego…)

 

-M.

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