Manager Dave Trembley had calmed down considerably by the time he held his pregame news briefing today. He indicated there would be no carryover from last night's run-in with umpire Angel Hernandez.
"It's over, done with,'' Trembley said. "You just don't carry anything from game to game. You really have to be professional. Once the game's over, you turn the page. You can't carry a grudge in this business."
Guess we'll find out soon enough if the weather holds.
Melvin Mora is not in the starting lineup, but not for any reason other than the fact that Trembley already had planned to sit him today before the Toronto series. The morning rain just cemented the decision.
"I wasn't going to play him anyway,'' he said. "We're going to Toronto and have a night game, day game, day game. I just thought it would be best not to start him today."
Gregg Zaun continues to struggle at the plate, but Trembley was complimentary of his effort and approach. Hitting coach Terry Crowley called him "Mr. Lucky,'' which is a sarcastic reference to all the line drives he has hit at people lately.
"I thought last night was going to break the ice for him," Trembley said. "He hit that line drive and (Juan) Rivera made a great catch...He's doing a very nice job behind the plate. Offensively, I know he wants to give us more at the plate and he needs to."
Zaun's struggles also raised questions about the likelihood of Matt Wieters being called up from Triple-A Norfolk. Trembley said the two issues are not connected.
"I think the Wieters thing is a separate entity all to itself,'' Trembley said. "I don't think the decision on Wieters has anything to do with what Zaun does or doesn't do."