Morning briefing: Game 24 v. Phillies

The sun will burn this stuff off. Coffee will  help my mental fog.
The sun will burn this stuff off. As for my mental fog, that’ll require a cuppa coffee … or three.

BRADENTON, Fla. — There’s a thick layer of fog over McKechnie Field this morning. It’s appropriate, considering most everyone in the clubhouse today (including this trusty scribe) are in a bit of a mental fog due to the pre-dawn wakeup call following three straight night games. … It’s Charlie Morton‘s day to pitch, but Stolmy Pimentel will get the start against the Phightin’ Phils this afternoon. Morton will work (with a goal/limit of 100 pitches) in a minor league game today at Pirate City.

Phillies (6-14-2) @ Pirates (11-9-1), 1:05 p.m., McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla.
Radio: 1020 AM Weather: Mostly sunny, 76 degrees
Phillies: 1. Ben Revere CF, 2. Jimmy Rollins SS, 3. Marlon Byrd RF, 4. Ryan Howard 1B, 5. Carlos Ruiz C, 6. Domonic Brown DH, 7. Cesar Hernandez 2B, 8. Cesar Hernandez 2B, 9.  Tony Gwynn LF. A.J. Burnett RHP
Pirates: 1. Chris Dickerson CF, 2. Russell Martin C, 3. Travis Snider RF, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3B, 5. Andrew Lambo 1B, 6. Travis Ishikawa DH, 7. Michael Martinez 2B, 8. Jaff Decker LF, 9. Clint Barmes SS. Stolmy Pimentel RHP
Other pitchers: Tony Watson, Jason Grilli, Jared Hughes, Zack Thornton
– Rob Biertempfel