Consider this a game day link dump for your perusing pleasure. Keep those spirits up, chumpions.

  • Mike Quade says he felt like Ryan Dempster was fine to go out for the 6th and 7th innings yesterday, and Dempster, himself, agreed. “If I have him out there for 125 pitches, I’ll put a gun to my head,” Quade said. “I thought he still was within reason, and I know he wanted to compete.”
  • Of the decision, Dempster said, ‘‘I felt good. Two quality outs [to end] the sixth. I still felt good.’’ And Dempster was more upset about the two-run homer to Andrew McCutchen than the grand slam to Neil Walker, even though the two-run bomb didn’t figure in the final tally. ‘‘The grand slam hurts, but it’s 4-2, and you’re right in it. Those add-ons hurt you every time.’’


  • If you’re looking for some positives from the crummy Opening Day loss, look no further than Starlin Castro. In addition to his at bats, Castro looked impressive in the field yesterday. Carlos Pena looked good defensively as well.



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