Sunday morning notes
A nice little rain storm last night moved in and it’s still pretty damp in Goodyear. Workouts could be abbreviated somewhat as a result. Still not sure.
Some news came out of the reporter’s session with manager Dusty Baker. Among the highlights:
*Fifth starter candidate Mike Lincoln will start the first Cactus League game on Friday vs. the Indians.
“We want to see how he handles having time to prepare and think about it and warm up as a starter,” Baker said. “He knows how to warm up as a reliever.”
Lincoln believed his last start was in 2001 in Triple-A for the Pirates. His last big league start was in 2000 for the Twins.
“I enjoy having a routine,” Lincoln said. “Coming out of the ‘pen, you never know. You might throw one day and then throw four days in a row. A starter throws every fifth day. It would be nice.”
*Baker confirmed what seemed likely. Brandon Phillips will bat cleanup for him again this season.
“He’s the best selection I’ve got,” Baker said. “He has power and speed. Especially now that he’s learned to be an RBI man. I like Rolen in the fifth spot more than the fourth spot. He might getter pitches to hit because Brandon might steal.”
In fact, much of the lineup seems rather set. Stubbs or Dickerson will leadoff, followed by Cabrera, Votto, Phillips, Rolen and Bruce. So that’s 2-6 locked up for sure.
*Speaking of Dickerson, he was in the manager’s office for a little chat. Dickerson’s comments lately about wanting to compete for center field were addressed for sure.
“It’s OK. I handled it. No worries,” Baker said. “My whole thing is if you’ve got a beef, come to me.”
*Finally — pitcher Micah Owings was sent home sick on Saturday and isn’t back in camp on Sunday.
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