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The tarp's on

That must mean something official's going to happen here, right? Nine blissful innings of intrasquad games at Space Coast Stadium tomorrow at 11 a.m. If we're lucky (and who's kidding, if YOU'RE lucky) I'll be able to maybe post some cool intrasquad lineups for you tomorrow before the first pitch out of the hand of Joel Hanrahan or Matt Chico.

A word of caution from El Manager, Senor Acta: "Don't be reading anything into who's going to start. We're just working them according to their bullpen sessions and stuff. And things might flip-flop on the second time around. With the first five guys you see starting, don't think that that's the leading candidate."

I told him I had taken those first five guys and written them in indelible ink into my scorebook for the season. "Good for you," he said. He smiled. He's like that. Even when people say stupid things, he smiled. He's happy like that.

(Speaking of the rotation, I guess it's possible that a group of media folks assigned to cover this team's ins and outs not only in spring training but during the entire season could get together and form a pool selecting the five pitchers who would start the first five games of the season (essentially, the rotation one time through) and have a competition to see who got the most right and have the tie-breaker be the order in which they pitch from first to last and it would be a pool that I suppose could involve small amounts of money but would actually be much more for bragging rights. I suppose that could happen. But I'm sure it never would. Nah.)

Also, I went back and looked at some of the story ideas posted by readers at the end of last week. There are several good ones there, and I'm sure I'll get to a few. Keep 'em coming.

But for now, everybody's primary objective here is to get to Friday so we can actually see some real, live games. "We need them to start now," GM Jim Bowden said by the batting cage today. He didn't mean that for the pitchers, who are on a strict throwing schedule, or even for the hitters. But it always gets to this point in the spring when the evaluators want to evaluate, the pitchers and hitters want to compete, and each minute seems to pass slowly for these guys because they're itching itching itching. Insanity is about to set in.

And then, of course, three weeks after that, they'll be going crazy playing Grapefruit League games and will be ready for the season to start. It's cyclical like that.

Talk to you in the morning.

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 26, 2007; 5:46 PM ET
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The blog has been great. Thanks. What's up with Kory Casto? (LF, 3B, majors/minors, other?)

Missed the morning presser today. Any chance someone else could hold a video camera and do a little editing?

Enjoy the sun!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Where would someone like, I don't know, a hypothetical blog reader who's familiar with all these hypothetical beat writers get to see such hypothetical lists? Would such a fan need to wait until a hypothetical online chat sometime in April?

Posted by: hypothetical fan | February 26, 2007 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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