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The Yankees strike early, but the Jays hit back harder and go on to a 10 Ė 5 win.

Star of the Game: 2 homers, a double, 3 RBIs? The name is Troy Glaus, he wears #25, and he looks real good in a Toronto uni.

Unsung Hero: Al Rios smacks a homer and a double hisself, good for 4 ribs. How much more of this before we start celebrating the failed attempt to sign Brian Giles?

For the Yankees: The Fabulous Derek Jeter collects a triple, single, and walk.

Defensive Play of the Game: Reed Johnson throws out the Captain trying to go first-to-third on a Sheffield single in the top of the 5th. Karma got an assist, as the ump had generously given Jeter a ball on a 2-2 count during his plate appearance which eventually saw him walk to first.

Honourable Mention to Johnny Damon for twice robbing his counterpart in centre field.

Put It In A Box: OK.


Pitching: Kyle Davies holds the mighty Mets to 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in a complete game.

>> Space inserted to give due respect to Daviesí performance, far and away the best of the night. <<

Derek Lowe (7 innings) and Carlos Zambrano (6 innings) duel it out, allowing 1 run each (LA wins it in the bottom of the ninth). Jason Johnson holds the Orioles to 1 run over 7. Jon Garland remembers some of what he had last year by keeping KC to 1 run over 6-1/3. Josh Fogg tosses 6-1/3 innings of 1-run ball in Coors. Kelvim Escobar strikes out 10 Twins while surrendering 2 runs over 6-2/3. Tony Armas picks up a win by limiting Philly to 3 runs over 6. Okay, so thatís not so impressive. But itís Tony Armas! Is there a more awesome name anywhere?

Hitting: Washington (10), Pittsburgh (12), Florida (12), Milwaukee (12), Houston (13), and Cleveland (15) join the Jays in double-digit scoring. Six thousand points and a cuttlefish to anyone who can tell us what the record is for this.

Shelton: A single in four trips. Did you know this man slugged .510 last year? Some talk of him as if heís a colossal fluke. They werenít paying attention.

So You Wanna Be A GM: Head on over to The Hardball Times! Craig Burley is always glad to help.


Theodore Roosevelt Lilly takes on Mike Mussina in a 12:37 matinee. 980 KRUZ is your friend, cubicle dwellers of the world. In the past week with seen the Jays tong on Boomer and light up the Big Unit. Mashing Moose would make a very nice trifecta.

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DepecheJay - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 08:42 AM EDT (#145437) #
Al Rios might just be the worst nickname anyone's come up for Alexis.  He sounds like he should be the neighbor in Roseanne.
Dr. Zarco - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#145440) #
Jon Garland remembers some of what he had last year

I was at that game last night and Garland looked far from good. The Royals hit a lot of shots right at people, a few to the warning track, and the Sox flashed their defense again with some sparkling plays. Affeldt badly outpitched Garland, but in typical White Sox fashion, they took advantage of an error by Berroa on a routine play that should have ended an inning to knock him for 3 runs.

It was nice to watch the big scoreboard update the Jays/Yanks, as I was at the game with my brother, a Yankee fan. Quite satisfying.

Bruce Wrigley - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:04 AM EDT (#145441) #

Theodore Roosevelt Lilly takes on Mike Mussina

Bull Moose versus Regular Moose?

Named For Hank - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:19 AM EDT (#145445) #
Al Rios might just be the worst nickname anyone's come up for Alexis.

If he'd be my bodyguard, I could be his long lost pal.
Pistol - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:26 AM EDT (#145449) #

How much more of this before we start celebrating the failed attempt to sign Brian Giles?

Well, Giles could have been the LF with Rios in RF.  Of course the Johnson/Cat platoon is doing quite nicely.  Plus if the Jays got Giles it's likely they wouldn't have Glaus   And Giles would have cost a 4th rounder, which last year was Ryan Patterson (other 4th rounders haven't worked out too well).  So I guess it is working out.

After it was 4-0 after the top of the first I was a little discouraged and thought it'd be a long night.  It was, but for the other team.  It would have been even better if my MLB.TV connection was better than 'really choppy'.

zeppelinkm - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:28 AM EDT (#145450) #
I think from this day forward, Troy Glaus should be known as He-Man.

TexMex - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:35 AM EDT (#145452) #
How about Rios Grande.  I think he's earned another start or two.
Flex - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#145455) #
Al Rios might just be the worst nickname anyone's come up for Alexis.

If he keeps hitting bombs, we can call him "Adios"
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#145456) #

Alex Rios is certifiably hot. This is how he started out in 2003 in New Haven. He cooled off that year at the end of April, and then went on another run in late July, if I remember correctly. I wonder if he will be in the lineup today.

Brian Giles' usefulness here would have depended not on Rios' development, but on how well Giles hits. So far, he's off to a rough start. Giles would be perfectly fine as a left-fielder/DH, splitting time with Catalanotto.

Mike Green - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#145464) #
Speaking of certifiably hot, old friend Gabe Gross hit another pinch-hit homer last night, this time off Roy Oswalt.  Obviously, his career line is closer to his true ability than his seasonal line, but there is every reason to believe that he could hit .260-.270 given 400-450 PAs in a season. With his power, plate discipline and defensive ability, that would make him a valuable player of the Jim Eisenreich type.  Whether he'll get those PAs this season will depend on the health of Lee, Clark and Jenkins, but he has probably established himself as the 4th ouftfielder in Milwaukee now. 
Geoff - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#145465) #
Someone else who is certifiably red-hot is Gabe Gross.

He hit his third pinch-hit home run of the season last night.

The Gabe is hitting like it's Spring Training. But will he get to put up more numbers this year than Rios?
90ft_turnleft - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 11:17 AM EDT (#145473) #

In the Jays 7th last night with 2 on and no out,Molina at 2nd,was I the only one yelling at my tv screen for Gibby to pinch run for Molina?Me thinks not.

Once again with a relatively big lead in the later innings Gibby refuses to either send in a defensive or offensive replacement(read Reed Johnson for Cat in fenway)against another explosive offensive line-up.

What gives here?Am I missing some underlying baseball nuance?Surely Gibbons wasn't saving Molina to specifically catch B J in the ninth.

If not for an extremely deep fly Molina would still have been on 2nd with now one out.He makes it to 3rd though and once again I am left wondering aloud(to put it mildly)why he is even still in the game at this point.He was not going to make it home on anything but another very deep fly or a single.Why take a chance in not getting that run in.

Shouldn't Gibbons be trying and managing as hard as he can and as smart as he can in every instance to give his team the very best chance at winning.Last night he did not.A misplay in Boston as well,or nonplay if you will.

Last nights game specifically against the Yankees with their offense should we not try and get as many runs as we can.Sure Molina came home on a horrible wild pitch but that was more of good fortune than good planning.

A - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#145474) #

It's a beautiful day for baseball and the roof is open for the first time this season!

Thanks to this pseudonym I feel safe saying that I'll be taking a long lunch this afternoon *grins*.

Mike D - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 11:43 AM EDT (#145476) #
90ft, my sense is that Gibbons views Molina as a better defensive catcher than Zaun.  Just like Cat will seldom if ever pinch-hit for Reed Johnson, Zaun will seldom be inserted for Molina unless it's a very high-leverage situation.  Gibbons has a clear preference to have his best defensive nine on the field from about the seventh inning on.
Geoff - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 11:48 AM EDT (#145477) #
Uh oh, A, your comment's been featured. That means any non-registered visitor (snoopy employer) will be able to see what you wrote. Obviously, some folks at Batter's Box want to see you caught.
CaramonLS - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#145478) #
Rios needs to prove himself vs. RHP this season.  He hasn't gotten enough ABs yet to show us whether or not he is destined for career platoondom or stardom.

You can tee off on LHP all you want, but until you start hitting righties at a solid clip, you'll be useless in 75% of your ABs.

Still, I love Alex Rios and he is in the Lineup today vs. Moose.

Jonny German - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#145482) #

Overbay DHing and Hillenbrand over Hinske at 1B? I was skeptical until I looked up their career numbers facing Moose:

Hinske: .138 / .286 / .138 in 29 AB

Hilly: .350 / .366 / .675 in 40 AB

L'Overbay: Nada.

binnister - Wednesday, April 19 2006 @ 05:04 PM EDT (#145490) #

Well, I think Rios established himself vrs. Right handers today.

Rios *stung* the ball 2 times that just happend to be right at 3rd and 2nd.  In spite of that, he still ended up with a double for the game.

The platoon is dead!  Viva la Rios-lution!   (ok, that's bad...sorry)

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