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Lidge earns a save, Utley back in the lineup, UPDATED RE: CAIRO

Wow, whole lotta lefties on the dance floor for game two. Phils Rollins SS Utley 2b Ibanez LF Howard 1B Stairs RF Victorino CF Dobbs 3b Ruiz C Carpenter RHP Gnashionals Guzman SS Johnson 1b I don’t believe in Zimmerman 3b Dunn RF Willingham LF Harris CF Belliard 2b Nieves C Cabrera RHP I’ve seen Daniel Cabrera face the Yankees many times as an Oriole. He was always a guy who had tremendous stuff and potential, but absolutely no control. The O’s finally gave up on him, and he’s currently 0-4 with a 4.98 ERA for the Nats. I asked Rich Dubee this morning what to look for from Andrew Carpenter, and he said, “Don’t know. Haven’t seen him much.” I watched Carpenter twice in Clearwater before he was sent down, but he was working on a changeup more than seeking to retire hitters. So this game is what you’d call unpredictable. Also, it’s supposed to rain. Argh, they’re pulling the tarp out right now. *** The day after President Obama noted the decline of African-Americans in MLB, all players on both teams will wear the number 42 tonight, in honor of Jackie Robinson. The April 15 rainout was Jackie Robinson day, so we’re all turning back the mental calendar. *** Brad Lidge looked pretty good in the ninth inning today, as questions swirled about his recent performance. As you know if you’ve been reading, Lidge swears that he’s healthy and confident. He allowed only one hit, got lucky by snaring a liner back to the mound, and pumped his fist after recording the third out. Manuel wouldn’t commit to whether Lidge is available for game two. *** It’s not yet totally clear what the Phils are doing about Miguel Cairo or his roster spot, but I’m working on finding out for you. Check back for updates on that. UPDATE, 6:29pm: A good horse race gives me goosebumps. Good for the lady horse. Anyhoo, just spoke with Phillies exec Scott Proefrock about the Cairo situation, which remains fluid. Cairo has the right to refuse a minor league assignment and has not yet decided what to do. If he clears waivers and accepts the assignment, he’ll report to Lehigh Valley. He will be required by MLB rules to remain there for a minimum of 10 days. Proefrock said that the team has not yet decided to do with the 25th roster spot, and might not decide until after Monday’s off-day. As to the possibility of bringing up a minor leaguer, he said: “You’re not going to want someone who would be better off playing in the minor leagues.” He also reiterated the team’s stance since before spring training: “We’ll still be looking for an upgrade with the righthanded bat off the bench." If Cairo goes to Lehigh and does well for 10 days, he could be back. Basically, the situation has yet to be resolved.

Lidge earns a save, Utley back in the lineup, UPDATED RE: CAIRO

Wow, whole lotta lefties on the dance floor for game two. 

Phils
Rollins SS
Utley 2b
Ibanez LF
Howard 1B
Stairs RF
Victorino CF
Dobbs 3b
Ruiz C
Carpenter RHP
 
Gnashionals
Guzman SS
Johnson 1b
I don’t believe in Zimmerman 3b
Dunn RF
Willingham LF
Harris CF
Belliard 2b
Nieves C
Cabrera RHP
 
I’ve seen Daniel Cabrera face the Yankees many times as an Oriole. He was always a guy who had tremendous stuff and potential, but absolutely no control.    The O’s finally gave up on him, and he’s currently 0-4 with a 4.98 ERA for the Nats. 
 
I asked Rich Dubee this morning what to look for from Andrew Carpenter, and he said, “Don’t know. Haven’t seen him much.”  I watched Carpenter twice in Clearwater before he was sent down, but he was working on a changeup more than seeking to retire hitters.
 
So this game is what you’d call unpredictable. Also, it’s supposed to rain. Argh, they’re pulling the tarp out right now.
 
***
 
The day after President Obama noted the decline of African-Americans in MLB, all players on both teams will wear the number 42 tonight, in honor of Jackie Robinson. The
April 15 rainout was Jackie Robinson day, so we’re all turning back the mental calendar. 
 
***
Brad Lidge looked pretty good in the ninth inning today, as questions swirled about his recent performance. As you know if you’ve been reading, Lidge swears that he’s healthy and confident. He allowed only one hit, got lucky by snaring a liner back to the mound, and pumped his fist after recording the third out. Manuel wouldn’t commit to whether Lidge is available for game two.
 
***
It’s not yet totally clear what the Phils are doing about Miguel Cairo or his roster spot, but I’m working on finding out for you. Check back for updates on that.
 
UPDATE, 6:29pm: A good horse race gives me goosebumps. Good for the lady horse. Anyhoo, just spoke with Phillies exec Scott Proefrock about the Cairo situation, which remains fluid. Cairo has the right to refuse a minor league assignment and has not yet decided what to do. If he clears waivers and accepts the assignment, he’ll report to Lehigh Valley. He will be required by MLB rules to remain there for a minimum of 10 days. 
 
Proefrock said that the team has not yet decided to do with the 25th roster spot, and might not decide until after Monday’s off-day. As to the possibility of bringing up a minor leaguer, he said: “You’re not going to want someone who would be better off playing in the minor leagues.”
 
He also reiterated the team’s stance since before spring training: “We’ll still be looking for an upgrade with the righthanded bat off the bench."
 
If Cairo goes to Lehigh and does well for 10 days, he could be back. Basically, the situation has yet to be resolved.
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