This week is AL east week for the Jays, Baltimore for three followed by the Red Sox. The Jays and Orioles take up from where they left off nine days ago when the Jays won the series 2-1. In that series Dustin McGowan and Mark Buehrle got the wins while Todd Redmond took the loss in a game started by Drew Hutchison. Two of the three starters in that series for both teams will start again this week.
"All this energy calling me, back where it comes from..."
The Jays are visiting Minnesota for 3 games. Sadly, since it is weekdays I cannot get down there (5-6 hour drive). Sigh.
The Jays have played ten games under the roof to start the season, that ends tonight with a trip into Baltimore. The Jays face Chris Tillman, Bud Norris and Ubaldo Jimenez. That is one tough match-up and two more favourable ones. Tillman was the O's opening day starter and pitched well last time out. Noriis and Jimenez have not pitched as well and Ubaldo has not lived up to his contract, yet.
The Jays counter with Dustin McGowan, Drew Hutchison and Mark Buehrle. Both McGowan and Hutchison are coming off poor starts and looking to right the ship before Happy Happ shows up.
Itís major league baseball time in Toronto, once again.
Dustin McGowan gets the honour of starting the home opener against the New York Yankees. He faces off against Masahiro Tananka, who will be making his major league debut. Blue Jay legend Roy Halladay will throw the opening pitch.
This is your thread for the Tampa series. We get a nice surprise to start with, the lineup is not full of lefties.
We're now down to eight teams battling it out for the coveted prize: a golden trophy with lots of flags and stuff...
Oh, seriously. You're going to make mistakes. You're young.
Round two of the first meaningful SkyDome finale since 1996. Maybe it would be a bit more exciting if the Jays were playing for something more than pride themselves, but high-stakes baseball sure beats exhibition games. And I doubt many Toronto fans have compunctions about spoiling the Rays' season just for the hell of it.
Mark Buehrle finishes his 2013 season as does Miguel Gonzalez in another means nothing game.
Newly signed Ryan Langerhans is in the Blue Jay lineup, Adam Lind is not. Moises Sierra is back in there, Rajai Davis is missing, his wife was due to give birth today. The Toronto Star had a feature today on all the new babies for the Blue Jay players. Davis, Neil Wagner, Aaron Loup and Adam Lind ( a while ago). I think that was it.
The Orioles were eliminated from playoff contention last night so today and tomorrow's games "don't matter". The Jays are still in the running for a top ten draft pick and they are one win short of their win total in 2012.
Esmil Rogers will pitch against Bud Norris tonight.
The final stop on the final road trip takes us to scenic Camden Yards, just in time for the Orioles to be eliminated from post-season contention.
Today's game thread is a makeup thread featuring a one game series in Chicago. JA Happ faces off against Jose Quintana before the Jays fly to Baltimore for their last road series of the season.
John Farrell's Red Sox are the first AL team to clinch a spot in the post-season, so this could be a relaxing weekend for all concerned.
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