It is not often in spring training when a certain game can be spotlighted. That is not the case for Tuesday's contest in Dunedin, FL when the Toronto Blue Jays host Team Canada.
The starting pitcher for Canada is scheduled to be Scott Richmond. Yes, the same Scott Richmond who is one of the favorites to start the season in the Blue Jays' rotation.
The right-hander, who started his professional career at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada before the Cracker-Cats left the Northern League for the Golden League and could be the No. 1 story for Independent Baseball in the new year, is considered by many the ace of Team Canada.
Guess what? His day to pitch is Tuesday in the exhibition which helps Canada get ready for the World Baseball Classic.
Richmond, with only five previous major league appearances, did not hurt his chances of being the No. 4 or 5 starter for Toronto in his spring training debut. He threw two hitless innings at the World Champion Phillies Thursday, including a strikeout of hulking Ryan Howard.
Richmond doesn't lack for confidence, either. "I feel like I still haven't peaked," he told MLB.com.