Morning briefing: Game 9 v. Blue Jays

The tarp is coming off the field at McKechnie, but probably not for very long.
The tarp came off at McKechnie for a few minutes, then they dragged it back on again.

BRADENTON, Fla. — If today’s game is rained out (a 50-50 proposition at this point), the players and pitchers could make up for lost work tomorrow, when there’s a “B” game against the Twins at 10 a.m. at Pirate City. At the moment, Stolmy Pimentel is scheduled to start that B game and the lineup os written in pencil at this point: Alen Hanson ss, Chase d’Arnaud 2b, Gregory Polanco cf, Brent Morel 1b, Nevin Ashley c, Matt Hague 3b, tba dh, minor leaguer tba lf, minor leaguer tba rf.

>> I’ve heard Russell Martin‘s camp would be open to discussing a contract extension, if such an offer would materialize. So far, the Pirates have not approached him about a new deal.

>> What a bummer if this one is cancelled. The Jays were bringing a decent lineup and their traveling squad included pitching prospect Marcus Stroman.

>> Update 10:32 a.m.: The Blue Jays bus is en route, and decision on the status of this game is expected until at least noon. The Rays-Orioles game today in Sarasota (about 20 minutes from here) already is washed out.

>> Update 12:16 p.m. The game is cancelled. It will not be made up. Pitching adjustments are available here.

Blue Jays (4-4) @ Pirates (6-1-1), 1:05 p.m., McKechnie Field
Webcast: Weather: Thunderstorms, 73 degrees
Pirates: 1. Starling Marte LF, 2. Jordy Mercer SS, 3. Andrew McCutchen CF, 4. Gaby Sanchez DH, 5. Brent Morel 1B, 6. Neil Walker 2B, 7. Jose Tabata RF, 8. Chris Stewart C, 9. Clint Barmes 3B. Gerrit Cole RHP
Blue Jays: 1. Jose Reyes SS, 2, Melky Cabrera LF, 3. Jose Bautista RF. 4. Edwin Encarnacion DH, 5. Adam Lind 1B, 6. Brett Lawrie 3B, 7. Dioner Navarro C, 8. Anthony Gose CF, 9. Ryan Goins 2B. Mark Buehrle LHP
Today’s backups: Pedro Alvarez, Chris McGuiness, Andrew Lambo, Jaff Decker, Gregory Polanco, Travis Snider, Chris Dickerson, Josh Harrison, Robert Andino, Matt Hague, Russell Martin, Tony Sanchez, Nevin Ashley, Carlos Paulino, Omir Santos, Alen Hanson, Michael Martinez.
Today’s other pitchers: Scheduled: Jason Grilli, Jameson Taillon, Bryan Morris and Casey Sadler.
– Rob Biertempfel