Gameday Open Thread/Dbacks @ Cubs & Opening Day Starter News

Carlos Zambrano gets his first start of the spring, the Diamondbacks send Dan Haren out to begin the game.

Muskat says Lou is deciding between Zambrano or Dempster for the Opening Day start versus the Houston Astros. 

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http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ti-cabrerasi...

A's sign Orlando Cabrera $4M x1. WSux get draft choice but if I recall correctly the A's 1st rounder is protected so a 2nd round plus sandwich pick. Please correct me if that's not right, but I think it's similar to the Juan Cruz draft implications.

A's have the 13th pick, so it's protected.

That is correct. Pick between rounds 1/2 "sandwich" and A's 2nd rounder. Should be picks between 40 and 60

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_03_0...

lineup per mlb boxscore:

Soriano, Miles, DLee, Hoffpauir (RF), ARam, Fontenot, KHill, Gathright, Z

ugh,

That lineup sux

Starting the year off right!

lineup cloud: RSRLRLRLS

Alright, I'll knock it off, but you have to admit, it's less annoying than talking politics.

That's the easiest word cloud to read I've ever seen. They all need to be more like that.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090302&c...

Hawkins replacing Joe Nathan on Team USA...

Just trying to imagine in what situation the U.S. will actively attempt to blow a save. Drawing a blank.

Hawkins couldn't even convert a save pitching against Team Gaza Strip.

And he thought the Wrigley crowd was tough?

La-T-Roy? Really? This just proves that the USA contingent doesn't want to win the WBC, if the "good" squads don't even set up to win, then what the hell? Hopefully La-T-Roy only sees time when we're up by 5 in the last 1-2 innings.

What about Lidge? Isn't he American?

a U.S American

lol {removed}

I ain't going there again.

Lidge has been dealing with shoulder stiffness during Phillies camp, per Rotoworld the other day.

Z 1-2-3 inning, two K's

Go Z

Also, Scott Eyre has fallen on some financial "Hard Times"

Beaten Dead Horse - meet The Dr. Aaron "3/44" B

I think I missed the beginning of this meme. Just kinda started happening, didn't it?

Nope. For about a week running! lol

First!

Is it possible that Bobby Scales will emerge as the 25th man? I know the dude ain't no spring chicken (31), but his career minor league numbers are:

3227 ABs, 285/376/430 (806)

And the last two seasons at Iowa (combined):

819 ABs, 306/386/485 (871), with a BB/K ratio of 109/184.

Plus he can play 2B, 3B, and OF.

Makes as much sense as Luis Rivas and (in my opinion) Joey Gathright.

1 IP, 5 ER including a 3-R blast to Chris Snyder...

he also hit 2 batters and gave up a double to Tony Clark.

No mustard and stale Slyders = the new Atkins diet

Clever. A+

Guzman gives up 3 ER in an 1 IP

From the box score...

WP: Kadokura 2.

Really? Bleh.

Something tells me Kadokura doesn't throw the Terminator.

Ha, yea, I just wanted a link with the song for effect.

dental plan.

Lisa needs braces.

dental plan.

What...

the fuck?

Watching MLB tonight on MLB TV...2 things.

1- When they go onto the "field" in the studio the hosts Harold Reynolds and Joe Migrane put on sweat suits to show plays or baseball practice. They look like Heaven's Gates members. Or possibly garbagemen from the future, like in 30 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven's_Gate_(cult)

2- Joe Migrane is the living form of Col Bud Manstrong from the Venture Brothers, voice and look. Eeerie.

http://stars.ign.com/objects/922/922116.html

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