"It's a breather, a mental break," Counsell said of the regulars getting a day off. "I think when you circle it on the calendar and you know it's a little break, it's great that it's here. It's the first day [off] in 3 1/2 weeks for some guys."
• He said it: "I think we are making a mountain out of a molehill, because there are five starters, and if we are lucky enough to have them stay in the rotation all year, they make the same number of starts. My point is that we all get excited about this, but every game actually counts the same. I think sometimes when we talk about how exciting the Opening Day starter is, we have to remember that when you build a rotation, the five spots count the same. There's a game every day." -- Counsell, on naming an Opening Day starter
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