Clouds, Rain, Sickness, Lineups (Con't)
Weather update, first:
Right now - 3:55 p.m. - the tarp has just come off the field. An on-schedule start is looking unlikely, but maybe there's a chance. The rain looks, per Steinberg (sitting next to me), "steady." AP writer Joseph White just scanned the hour-by-hour forecast and said, half-muttering, "Rain. Rain. Rain."
But - there's a good window from about 5:15 to 8:30 where we might have some luck. Can two games be played tonight? Not sure. But let's cross our fingers for at least one.
A little health update...
Sunday night, just hours after hitting his eighth home run in 24 games, outfielder Josh Willingham started to feel sick. By the next day, he felt sicker than ever before. His muscles ached. He felt no strength. Willingham even felt a little scared. "You bang your knee up in a baseball game as an athlete you can kind of take that," the outfielder said. "But you have something that you're not really familiar with and don't know what it is and have a hard time figuring out what it is, it's hard to take."
Only today did Willingham reveal the extent of his sickness -- a viral infection that still has him out of the lineup for the scheduled doubleheader. Though Willingham said his condition has improved today, he still doesn't know when he'll be able to play again. He described weakness and muscle soreness as the primary symptoms.
"It's a case where we're just waiting for him to get his strength back," Manager Manny Acta said.
Willingham's sickness comes at a difficult time, interrupting his playing time at just the time when it was coming regularly. Since May 7, he has batted .311 with eight homers in 74 at bats.
And why was he able to overcome such a rough start? (He batted .143 in April.)
"Repetition," he said. "Playing all the time. And when you play all the time, you've got a chance to get in there and get a rhythm."
San Fran's lineup for Game 1
Rowand - 8
Renteria - 6
Winn - 9
Molina - 2
Lewis - 7
Ishikawa - 3
Uribe - 5
Burriss - 4
Johnson - 1
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