Brewers at San Francisco

Game one of the 2010 Spring Training season is finally here.  The Brewers head to Scottsdale Stadium to face the San Francisco Giants today and everyone is excited to get on the field.  First pitch is at 2 p.m. CT and the game can be heard on Newsradio 620 WTMJ-AM and the Statewide Brewers Radio Network as Hall of Fame announcer Bob Ucker will be joined in the booth by Cory Provus for the call.  It is a beautiful morning in Phoenix today and the beautiful weather will hold on throughout the day. 

Here are today’s Brewers gamenotes brought to you by Mike Vassallo, Media Relations Director for your Milwaukee Brewers: March 4 at San Francisco.pdf

Another piece of news out of Brewers Camp this morning, The contract of Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo was renewed today.  With that transaction, the contracts of all Brewers have been signed for 2010.

For those of you who have never been to Spring Training before, I thought I would explain how “road” games like today’s work.  The team is scheduled to stretch at 9:30 a.m. Phoenix time, as usual.  Then, they will have a light workout here at Maryvale Baseball Park including batting practice.  The team will come back in the clubhouse, get ready for the game, have a little lunch and then board a bus for Scottsdale Stadium around 11:15 a.m.  The team boards the bus in uniform, ready for the game.  Maryvale to Scottsdale Stadium is about a 20-25 minute drive so the team will get there, take a little infield practice and loosen up before the 1 p.m. game. 

The day before every road game, the coaching staff posts a travel roster.  The travel roster has a list of every player in camp and if your name is circled, you are scheduled to travel to the game.  Those who do not travel, stay back at Maryvale and get some extra conditioning work in.  Later in Spring, Manager Ken Macha will often give players who aren’t circled a full day off to unwind and tell them not to even report to the park.

 

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Here is today’s travel roster.  The team is bringing ten pitchers, three catchers, ten infielders and six outfielders to face the Giants.  It doesn’t look like any coaches are circled so I guess they have the day off!

Following the game, the team will get back on the bus, in uniform and head back to Maryvale where they will get any postgame treatment, shower and leave for the day.

That is the routine for pretty much every Spring Training “road” game with the exception of trips to Tucson.  With an hour and a half drive to Tucson, the team will dress and take batting practice there and normally leave Maryvale around 8 a.m.  Maryvale is pretty centrally located in the Valley, so there really aren’t any bus rides to game that are longer than 30-35 minutes.

The lineups for today’s game are posted below and I will have some pictures of the day’s activities following the game.

LINE UP CHANGE AT 9:45 AM PHOENIX TIME – MCGEHEE REPLACES GAMEL STRAIGHT UP

Brewers Lineup

Rickie Weeks 2B

Carlos Gomez CF

Corey Hart RF

Prince Fielder 1B

Casey McGehee 3B

Gregg Zaun C

Craig Counsell SS

Jody Gerut LF

Jeff Suppan RHP

  

Giants Lineup

Andres Torres CF

Edgar Renteria SS

Pablo Sandoval 3B

Juan Uribe 2B

Fred Lewis LF

Brett Pill 1B

Eugenio Velez RF

Eli Whiteside C

Barry Zito LHP 

 

–John

 

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

1 Comment

Such an exciting time of the season! I appreciate the behind the scenes scoop.

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