Less than 24 hours until opening day

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Less than 24 hours away from opening day for the Cardinals.  Should be interesting to say the least.  It is good to see a reported nice guy like Rico Washington finally get his shot.

On the Dodger front, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Blake Dewitt will be the starting third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  But not so fast, Dodgers.com has this to say:

“Injuries to third basemen Nomar Garciaparra, Andy LaRoche and Tony Abreu have left the club uncomfortable with rookie Blake DeWitt the likely starter when the season opens on Monday against the Giants. In addition, Jeff Kent’s durability is questionable coming off a right hamstring injury.

Colletti said a trade in the next 24 hours was doubtful, but he wanted the wiggle room if one happened or if a third baseman good enough to start for the Dodgers was released. Philadelphia’s Wes Helms (owed $2.9 million) is the most likely candidate.

If neither happens by Monday, Colletti said the club would scout available players over the next two weeks while watching how the 22-year-old DeWitt fares against Major League pitching. DeWitt has never played higher than Double-A.

“[A trade] is still viable, but as usual, what they are asking us to give up is a little strong because of the predicament we’re in,” said Colletti, who only wants a stop-gap solution until Garciaparra or LaRoche return in a matter of weeks. “We’ll take time to see if the price comes down and see what those players look like in the next week to 10 days. Spring Training is tough to judge.” ”

I guess we will see but I say the odds are now stacked in Blake’s favor.  If you haven’t seen it yet, get over to MLB.com archive to watch Dewitt hit a 2-run shot off of Jonathan Papelbon on Saturday night.  In front of 115,000 fans no less.

 Mizzou dropped its first series of the season to Texas Tech.  Aaron Crow was his usual dominating self.  Man it would be nice if by some act of God he dropped to the Cardinals at Number 13.  Yeah, it would take an act of God. 

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