Welcome back, Manny
No Clemens today. Shocking, huh? But I forgot to mention earlier that the Nationals will face Roy Oswalt today. Keep in mind: Shawn Hill could be one of the Nationals' best pitchers this season, but you could see a lot of Hill-Oswalt matchups, or the like. The deck is indeed stacked.
Craig Biggio -- 2B
Mark Loretta -- SS
Lance Berkman -- 1B
Carlos Lee -- DH
Morgan Ensberg -- 3B
Luke Scott -- RF
Richard Hidalgo -- LF
Chris Burke -- CF
Brad Ausmus -- C
RHP Roy Oswalt
So Manny Acta lives like five or 10 minutes from the Astros' complex here in Kissimmee, in a town called St. Cloud. Why? He spent 16 years in the Astros' organization. They signed him from the Dominican. They made him a coach. They gave him a shot as a minor league manager. And then when he had a chance to become a big league coach with the Expos in 2002, they let him go and wished him well. "I owe to them everything," he said.
So when he walked into Osceola County Stadium (or, as the PA guy just sayd, "Beautiful Osceola County Stadium" (BOCS)) he was immediately greeted by people he knew. And he has spent most of batting practice and pregame hugging each and every grounds crew member, etc. This guy knows everyone here, and it's not just the GMs and managers he's interacting with. I think he might've even spent some time back with the concessionaires. (Kidding, but not by much.)
News: Cristian Guzman played in the field for the first time over in the "B" game in Viera this morning. Three innings at shortstop. Apparently no problems. He'll be re-evaluated, and if he's ready to go he could see action in the field during a major league game sometime later this week.
Also: John Patterson will work in the "B" game tomorrow so that the club can get more looks at Jason Simontacchi and Jason Bergmann in the major league game. Bergmann's pitched well so far. We'll see how he does tomorrow. Acta is determined to have the list of potential starters whittled to eight or so contenders by March 15 -- which, pray tell, is only a week away.
And yes, I'll get to Guess The Rotation in a bit. Hang in there. I'll be back.
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