FORT MYERS, Fla. In addition to a nasty stomach bug, reliever Evan Meek is fighting bronchitis. There’s no indication yet when he’ll be able to get back on the mound and whether this will impact his chances of making the 25-man roster.
• Third baseman Andy LaRoche also has a queasy stomach and did not make the trip here today for the game against the Twins.
• I spent a few minutes last night chatting with Bart Given, a former assistant GM in Toronto. Given has started a blog called Inside the Majors which has a wealth of inside-the-game poop. You’d do well to check it out and bookmark it.
• Another invaluable baseball resource for beat writers and fans alike is Baseball Prospectus. Well worth the annual subscription.
• Lineups for today’s game:
PIRATES 1. Nyjer Morgan lf, 2. Freddy Sanchez 2b, 3. Nate McLouth, 4. Eric Hinske dh, 5. Adam LaRoche 1b, 6. Brandon Moss rf, 7. Ramon Vazquez 3b, 8. Jack Wilson ss, 9. Jason Jaramilo c. Jeff Karstens will pitch.
TWINS 1. Denard Span cf, 2. Matt Tolbert ss, 3. Brendan Harris 2b, 4. Jason Kubel lf, 5. Brian Buscher 3b, 6. Mike Redmond c, 7. Matt Moses dh, 8. Brock Peterson 1b, 9. Chris Parmalee rf. Nick Blackburn will pitch. First baseman Justin Morneau was a late scratch.