Covering baseball can warp one's perspective. For instance, I'm much more interested in watching Ryan Vogelsong and Antonio Bastardo today than I was before Roy Halladay's debut yesterday. In fact, today's pitching line-up at Dunedin is an intriguing one, featuring lefthander Cole Hamels in his first start of the spring, followed by righthander J.C. Ramirez, one of the Cliff Lee kids, and Vogelsong and Bastardo.
Here at Bright House Field, a B-Game featuring Jamie Moyer is just underway. Lost in the shuffle of spring training has been the remarkable recovery made by Moyer, who pitching coach Rich Dubee says is exactly where he would be physically in any other year. This, after an offseason in which he underwent two surgeries and was hospitalized twice for complications.
If Kyle Kendrick's two scoreless innings yesterday are any indication, the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation will be a good one, although I hesitate to call it a competition, since Kendrick is also battling the fact that he has minor league options.
Anyway, top prospect Domonic Brown, who has two hits in his first two games, is getting the start today in left field, which is something else to keep your eye on.