Homer Bailey will make his debut today against the Rays at 1:05. I’m still trying to find out if it will be broadcast anywhere (doesn’t look like MLB.tv is carrying it).

Meanwhile, Dusty Baker had some comments about Homer:

“I think he’s in better position because his mechanics are better, allowing him to throw better strikes,” Baker said. “From what I hear, he was all arms and legs last year.”

There were whispers last year that Bailey wasn’t very coachable. Baker hasn’t seen that.

“Sometimes you need to fail to really listen,” Baker said. “He’s been all ears basically, which you like in a young player. But sometimes they have to fail before they listen.”

And apparently, it’s working.

“Dick Pole told me his side (sessions) were very good,” Baker said. “It’s getting better each side. I talked to him and he feels he’s improving, getting better, which is what you want to see.”

Following Bailey on the mound will be Edinson Volquez, so it should be an interesting afternoon in Sarasota.

UPDATE: Looks like WLW won’t be covering the game today, but the next two days — with Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo pitching — will be broadcast.