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.
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 Yankees still have a glimmer of hope for the wild card, even though they lost against the Red Sox they are still just 2.5 games out of the wild card. They continue to be hit by injuries, Derek Jeter is out for the season, Brett Gardner might only be able to run and A-Rod has been in and out of the lineup with various leg issues.
Meanwhile on the Jays side of the ledger, will Edwin be back with his sore wrist? Will Colby Rasmus' body be healed? Moises Sierra has been the hot hand, can he keep it going? Meanwhile the Ryan Goins for 2013 train has derailed, how many games will he start?