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Pictures of my TV on your computer

What can I say, I get excited when I see Revolution alumni on TV pitching in Major League Spring Training games. Last week, I leapt off the couch to grab shots of Scott Rice (’11) with the Mets and Shawn Hill (’12) with the Tigers.  Hill, who is likely ticketed for a starting rotation spot with the World Famous Toledo Mud Hens in Triple-A, tossed 2.2 innings against the Yankees on Saturday, and struck out Ichiro and Travis Hafner.  Not too shabby.  He did allow one run on an RBI single to Robinson Cano.  As you probably remember, last year Hill became the first former Rev to earn a winning decision in an MLB game when the Blue Jays defeated Andy Pettitte and the Yankees in Toronto in September.  Scott Rice worked 1.2 innings against the Nationals on Thursday, and did not allow a run, also striking out two.  With Rice being a reliever in an organization without much depth, he has a serious chance to make the Mets big league roster out of camp after being the last guy left off the Dodgers last spring.  He instead spent the entire season with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, and did not receive a much awaited call-up to L.A.  (Rice’s numbers on the image refer to his Spring Training appearances with the Dodgers last year.) Hopefully this is the year.  Spots in the Tigers starting rotation are at a premium, but perhaps Hill could be of use to them as a reliever in the big leagues.  Either way, should he do well in Toledo he’s just one call from the Majors for an injury, suspension, food poisoning, whatever.  Other Revolution pitching alumni that have made an appearance in Major League camps this year, Ryan Feierabend (’12) with the Rangers and Mike DeMark (’11) with the Diamondbacks.  I’m still hunting for their screengrabs…

-Paul Braverman

Scott Rice

Shawn Hill

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