Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the moment immediately before the moment we've all been waiting for.
At 9:10 tonight, the Brewers take the field for the last time in the 2009 exhibition season. In a way, it's kind of like the Brewers' bachelor party: It's one last night for the Brewers to go out and do whatever they want in a consequence free environment. As long as the Brewers don't vomit on a stripper, tonight's game won't matter at all on Tuesday.
For the Brewers, the bullpen will carry the load tonight. Todd Coffey is expected to start, and Dave Bush will also pitch an inning at some point. It's Manny Parra's day to pitch, but he stayed behind in Arizona and pitched in a minor league game today. For the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw is expected to start, closing out a spring that has seen him post a 5.11 ERA in 24.2 innings.
The television broadcast is another example of the wonders of the MLB blackout policy. The game is on MLB Network, but local blackouts apply. FS Wisconsin is carrying the Bucks game tonight, carrying on the illusion that someone, somewhere could potentially care about the Bucks. So a television broadcast of tonight's Brewer game may or may not be available, which is a fantastic way to build excitement for the regular season. The game is on WTMJ.
Saturday's game thread is now open.