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There are 26 weeks in the baseball season, and 20 of them have been played. Which means - natch - that there are six weeks remaining.

Five AL teams are going to the post-season, and it's pretty clear that Baltimore, Oakland, and Los Angeles are taking three of those spots. The Orioles will win the AL East; either the A's or the Angels will win the AL West, with the second place team settling for a Wild Card.
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There are two major league ballparks in the city of Chicago...


...but only one that carries a significant place in Baseball history...


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The Jays affiliates were 3-3 today, with the wins coming from Buffalo, New Hampshire and Dunedin.  The losses came from the lower affiliates in Lansing, Vancouver, and Bluefield.  Daniel Norris had a fantastic outing for New Hampshire, Jon Berti had a bunch of hits while adding to his stolen base total, and Sean Nolin was solid for Buffalo.
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The Batter's Box Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Month honours for June go to Franklin Barreto and Daniel Norris.

Franklin Barreto received two first-place selections and one third-place vote in June for 11 points - sneaking by the trio of Adron Chambers, K.C. Hobson and Matt Newman by a single point. Daniel Norris earned three first-place votes and one second-place selection to give him 18 points - five ahead of fellow lefty Matt Boyd.
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The White Sox and fearsome Cuban slugger Jose Abreu visit Toronto.
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This isn't going to be easy for me...
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Some more fireworks in New Hampshire and Kyle Drabek shined in relief as the affiliates went 4-3 tonight.
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Not much winning on the farm tonight although the Dunedin squad clinch a playoff spot as the FSL North’s first half champion. The affiliates went 2-4.
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So you think you're pretty hot, eh? You think there's nothing that can knock you off your hill?
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Don Zimmer was around the game just about as long as a man can be.
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Marcus Stroman is 69 inches tall. Is this a problem?
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"Better teach this Vaughn kid some control before he kills somebody..."
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The affiliates were 1-3 on the night. Ben White was dynamite while Aaron Sanchez had a not so great start against a rival top prospect and DJ Davis continues to struggle.
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Hey, these guys lost 111 games last year! This will be a piece of cake! Right?

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Last Friday, just in time for the home opener, Ken Rosenthal broke the story that several Jays players were willing to defer salary so that the jays could sign Ubaldo Jimenez. AA and paul Beeston basically confirmed that in interviews. I wondered what impact that freeze had on the off-season. What transactions that we thought the Jays were in on, were they in fact no-where near? I assume AA became aware of his budget shortly after the season ended. As the season was coming to a close he was talking about adding starting pitching. By the winter meetings he was focused internally. But he never made that public, and all winter the fans thought that the Jays were all-in, and could add to the payroll for a playoff push. All off-season the Jays were thought to be waiting on Jimenez and Santana. Were they?

Remember that Rogers appointed a new CEO last year, one who has the reputation of a cost cutter. His arrival could easily have come with a directive, all budgets are frozen until I get to review the operations. I don't remember the exact date but the CEO did not meet with the Jays until early this year.

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