One, Showalter said that if Chris Tillman was unable to make his next start, which was originally scheduled for tonight, the club was prepared to hold back Triple-A Norfolk's starter on Friday night and promote him to the big leagues in Tillman's place. It's a moot point now because the rainout allowed the club to skip Tillman, who has been dealing with groin soreness, and push back his next start to next weekend. But of course, we noted anyway that the Tides' starter last night was left-hander Mike Ballard. I mean absolutely no disrespect to Ballard, who had some nice outings this spring, but he is a 27-year-old who last year went 6-8 with a 5.09 ERA in 29 appearances for Oklahoma City, the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate. He technically didn't get a big league invite to spring training, though he spent most of his time at Twin Lakes Park. In three starts for Norfolk, including one last night, Ballard has a 4.85 ERA and has allowed 15 hits and seven walks in 13 innings. Batters are also hitting .300 against him. And one more thing: he would have been making his big league debut against the Yankees on Saturday if Tillman couldn't go.