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It's time the Jays started another streak, after winning three and then losing three in their last six games. Roy Halladay is always a pleasure to watch and once again he's matched up against a quality pitcher. Mark Buehrle falls into the "crafy lefthander" category. These days any lefty seems to spell trouble for the Jays.

Someone once told me that Buehrle and Mark Hendrickson have basically the same stuff. I agree. It's what you do with your stuff that counts.

Please welcome Batter's Box reader Dyl as he suggests a new 5x5 format for fantasy ball.
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Detroit Tigers (and Toledo Mud Hens) hurler Fernando Rodney is scheduled to have season-ending elbow surgery tomorrow. What does that have to do with anything on Da Box? Well ... nothing, really. Except ... that's right, kids, it's time for another exciting installment of Baseball's Hall of Names! Woohoo!

It's simple, really ... what's the best possible team of players who had two first names? No, not of the John Henry Johnson ilk. Rather, those players like Frank Thomas -- and Fernando Rodney -- whose last name is also a first name.
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The Florida State League is one of the toughest circuits for hitters in the minor-league chain. So it makes complete sense that Toronto’s FSL affiliate scored a dozen runs last night while their colleagues elsewhere in the system struggled to plate 4 in 3 games, right? Read on to find out why everything’s dandy in Dunedin.
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I'd sure look like a fool dead in a ditch somewhere
With a mind full of chemicals
Like some cheese-eating high school boy
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Esteban Loaiza will be a tough nut to crack tonight. Pat Hentgen has been throwing the ball better of late, but will have to locate his pitches exceptionally well to keep the White Sox in check.
It's off to the Windy City for the Jays and their shell-shocked bullpen. After falling victim to some late-inning heroics in Minneapolis, Toronto now faces an opponent for whom come-from-behind rallies have become standard operating procedure. Despite trailing 8-2 in the sixth and 8-4 in the ninth last night, Ozzie Guillen's ChiSox still managed to pull out a 9-8 victory over Cleveland.

The Pale Hose can go yard with anybody, and with Juan Uribe swinging a hot bat, the heart of the order has become that much more dangerous. On the pitching side of the ledger, the starting staff has been vulnerable, while the bullpen has been steadier (though not failsafe by any means.) This week's Scout includes a rookie manager, a struggling slugger and some brewing bad blood between the Sox and their richer National League neighbours on the North Side.

Hopefully, some of our Chicago-area Bauxites like Mathesond and Dr. Zarco can give us some first-hand accounts from the four-game set. Judging from their comments over the last few days, Chicago will indeed be the Windy City -- and very possibly the Rainy City as well this weekend.

On to the Advance Scout!

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The 2004 MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7th is rich in college pitching. It’s expected that Jered Weaver of Long Beach State and Justin Verlander of Old Dominion will go to San Diego and Detroit with the top 2 picks of the draft. The rest of the first round is expected to be dominated by pitching as well.

YOUR Toronto Blue Jays have the 16th selection in the first round. With an exceptionally weak hitting class it’d be no surprise to see the Jays look toward selecting a pitcher or two at the top of the draft.

In addition to their normal picks the Jays also picked up 2 additional draft choices for Escobar signing with the Angels. One is a sandwich pick between round 1 and 2, and the 2nd pick is the Angels' 3rd round pick.
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So deeply involved in
The very existence
I planned on avoiding?
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Will Dustin McGowan ever start another game in Double-A?
Will the Charleston Alley Cats ever lose again?

The answer to both of those questions could be, "NO"!
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Will Dustin McGowan ever start another game in Double-A?
Will the Charleston Alley Cats ever lose again?

The answer to both of those questions could be, "NO"!
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After a strong start in Syracuse, Justin Miller takes the hill tonight in the Metrodome. Kyle Lohse gets the start for the Twins. Lohse has given up 19 runs in 21 and 2/3rds innings this season in his 4 starts to begin the season. Combine that with the wakening Jays bats and there's a possibility of lots of runs tonight.
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In this thread I will discredit every excuse that you use to not come out to the SkyDome to see your Toronto Blue Jays, especially now that the team seems to have found its wheels. Hit me with your best shots!
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Catcher Greg Myers has been placed on the 15-day DL after badly spraining his left ankle pulling up at third base in last night's contest with the Twins. Replacing him on the Major League roster will be journeyman catcher Gregg Zaun, called up from AAA Syracuse.
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Syracuse was rained out in Scranton, but the other three minor-league teams swept all before them, bouncing back from a couple of weak days. Come-from-behind victories were the order of the day.
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