Tim Lincecum and Josh Beckett will pitch their first Cactus League games today when the Dodgers play the Giants at Camelback Ranch. Dodger pitchers Brandon League, Kenley Jansen and J.P. Howell will also make their debuts in relief of Beckett.
The Giants are 1-1-1, having tied the Chicago White Sox 9-9 last night.
Update: Luis Cruz was a late lineup scratch with a stomach flu.
Some links for a Tuesday morning:
• A minor-league pitcher named Mark Hamburger was suspended 50 games for a positive drug test yesterday. Headline possibilities: “Hamburger caught juicing,” “Hamburger ban,” “A Taste of Justice for Farmhand Hamburger.” Suggestions?
• MLB Players’ Association director Michael Weiner can’t rule out the possibility of tougher PED suspensions: “Right now, we and the commissioner’s office are trying to get to the bottom of a whole series of issues, including whether there’s anything to get to the bottom of in Miami. And I would hope that we could work those kinds of issues out rather than have disputes over it.”
• Kudos to the Boston Globe for their piece on athletes’ charities. They range from the good (Alex Smith donates 91 percent of his foundation’s profits to educating children) to the ugly (Alex Rodriguez‘s charity hasn’t been a nonprofit since 2007 and donates 1 percent of its income). Beckett falls somewhere in the middle.
• Beach House made a sweeping, ethereal music video that will last longer than it takes you to read this blog entry: