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(Is that gonna get you back?) It's right on track, is that gonna get you back?

Casey Janssen had more close calls than Dr. Richard Kimble but he wiggled his way through seven innings to lead the Jays to a 6-3 win over Boston Friday night at Rogers Centre.

If there was ever a time for Janssen to earn his first victory as a starter since 2006, this was the night to do it as the Jays put an end to an ugly nine game losing streak.  The 27 year-old righty knew he was going to be in for a struggle when he got into a bases loaded jam in the first.  However, he had enough raspberry to keep the ball in the park as David Ortiz's blast to center died at the warning track and into the glove of Vernon Wells to end the inning.  Alas, the Jays were jammed themselves in the bottom of the first when Adam Lind hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases drunk. 

The Red Sox got on the board in the second when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled home a run but Julio Lugo was left stranded on third.  In the home half of the second, Lyle Overbay and Kevin Millar drew one-out walks and moved to third on a passed ball but the Jays would not score.  Janssen gave up a leadoff single in the third but his defence bailed him out as the hit was erased on a 6-4-3 double play and then Overbay made a nice snare of a Big Papi liner to end the frame. 

Toronto tied the game when they strung together a trio of two-out hits, capped out by a Scott Rolen double to score Wells.  However, Lind was left at third when Millar struck out.  The tie was short-lived in the fourth when Ellsbury knocked home his second run of the game with a single to score a double by Scarborough's George Kottaras.  However, another 6-4-3 double play got Janssen out of another jam.  The Fugitive also navigated his way through the fifth by stranding a two-out two-bagger by Jason Bay

Then the Jays offence got the bats going as they strung together a big two-out rally.  Back to back RBI doubles by Rolen and Overbay put Toronto ahead 3-2 and Rod Barajas followed with a two-run single.  In A Wide World of Sports moment (cue music here), Barajas rumbled 270 feet around the bases to score on a Marco Scutaro double to make it 6-2.  Hopefully, Barajas will have caught his breath by the time you read this.  After that, Tim Wakefield was pulled from the game and replaced by fireballer Daniel Bard.

Janssen did not have a clean inning all night but the only other run he gave up was a seventh inning solo blast by J.D. Drew to cut the Toronto lead to three runs.  However, the bullpen was perfect as Brandon League and Scott Downs retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth respectively to preserve the "W" for Janssen.  Janssen was able to effectively scatter 11 hits and two walks in seven frames and struck out a pair.  The only downside for the 32,000-plus in attendance was no pizza as League had the other Jays strikeout. Janssen also got 10 ground ball outs to go along with nine fly outs. 

The Toronto offence collected 10 hits and five walks and got two-hit nights from Rolen, Barajas and Scutaro.  Wells was on base three times with a hit and two walks and Millar also earned two bases on balls.  They were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on.

This afternoon, lefty Brian Tallet goes to the hill for Toronto and Brad Penny will do the same for Boston in a 1:07 p.m. first pitch at the Concrete Cave.  This was supposed to be Scott Richmond's start but the Canadian righty will be in the pen instead this weekend.  Roy Halladay will pitch Tuesday in their series opener against the Angels and he'll be followed by Janssen Wednesday.


In other TDIB notes....

*  The Matt Wieters era begins in Baltimore with a 7-2 win over the Tigers.

*  The Jim Tracy era begins in Colorado with a 3-0 win over the Rockies.

*  Yankees upend the Tribe 3-1 and set a record in the process.

*  The Rangers take two from the A's.

*  The Brewers Braden Looper gets a win under trying circumstances.

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Mike Green - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#200681) #
Poetry demands that the Jays run off a long winning streak after defeating Wakefield to redeem the long losing streak begun with a loss to Wakefield.  Sometimes the knuckler spins one way, sometimes the other.

Will Jessica Biel be renamed "Halladay" for Box purposes, so we get more cheesecake shots?  Do the women (or gay men) of da Box have a request for a guy shot when Brian Tallet  or Scott Richmond wins?

rtcaino - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#200683) #
I was very pleased to be at the game last night. 40-50 people from my work went as a group, and were exposed to a side of me that they would not see in the office - the "I've had a couple beers, hate the Red Sox and love the Blue Jays" side of me.

So wonderful to be able to chirp the Boston faithful, as for a while it looked like the game was getting away from us. Nothing worse than being out-cheered by Boston or Yankees fans in out own building. The Bosox fans were getting pretty loud at points, but Casey kept them from getting too up, and the lack of knuckling quieted them.

As Mike said, very fitting for the Jays to get the monkey off their backs against the same pitcher whom initially attached it. Hopefully we can take this series!
Jdog - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 03:53 PM EDT (#200684) #
Looks like the good Brandon League has returned. That splitter is looking nasty.
China fan - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 04:09 PM EDT (#200685) #
Wow, that was such an encouraging game, in so many ways.  Jays now tied with the Red Sox in the standings, guaranteed a series win, and a chance at a sweep tomorrow (which would be a pretty strong reply to the nay-sayers).  Rios and Lind are BACK -- a combined 6 hits and 4 RBIs in 7 at-bats.  Scutaro on fire, his average now on the north side of .300.   Tallet recovers from poor start, holds Sox to three hits, shows again the depth of Jays rotation.  League and Downs slam the door shut in 8th and 9th innings.  Not all is lost in Jays land, even after the recent 9 games that shall not be mentioned
rtcaino - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 04:44 PM EDT (#200688) #
Youk simply looked over matched against League today - that was awesome. League bringing it like that regularly this season (and in his career going forward) would be a boon for this team.

Though I sense that the smart money would anticipate some inconsistancies to persist.
greenfrog - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 06:40 PM EDT (#200690) #
Texas is off to a nice start, defying the predictions of many in these parts. And how about Andruw Jones, hitting 303/443/605? That came out of left field. In any case, nice to see some fresh competition in the AL West.
CeeBee - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 07:56 PM EDT (#200691) #
League sure can be quite the tease. His splitter today was downright nasty!. Oh for a splash of consistency to go with the nasty stuff. :)
John Northey - Saturday, May 30 2009 @ 09:52 PM EDT (#200693) #
Wow, Jones is up to that now?  He sure recovered from being written off in the winter.  Most felt putting him in AAA was a waste of time let alone in the majors.  Of course, it is only 97 PA and anything could still happen but the Rangers look to have scored a bargain while the Dodgers lost a useful (if extremely overpriced) part.  Go figure.
zeppelinkm - Sunday, May 31 2009 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#200694) #

All this talk about Andruw... what about Adam Jones? How furious are the Mariners? He's 23 and through 44 games he's .350/.401/.617 with 11 HR, 40 runs scored and 37 RBI. Clearly hitting over his head, but even if you subtract 60 points of BA and OBP and .110 points of slg that you could reasonably expect to lose if your BA dropped by .60 he's still at .290/.340/.500 with top notch defence in CF. Outstanding trade. Sherrill was a nice little throw in too.


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