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First and foremost, the mighty Roy Halladay. Even if he hasn't quite rounded into full Doc mode yet.
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After Thursday afternoon's game, the Blue Jays optioned two of the three Brians (Burres and Bullington) back to AAA Las Vegas.
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In four short years
I've gone from rags to riches

That's my boyScott "Big and" Richmond went seven solid innings as the Jays trumped the Royals 8-1 Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.  Mad props and big ups to the former Edmonton Cracker-Cat as he improves to 3-0 on the season!

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Sometimes you're the ball.  Guess which one the Jays were Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field?   As our John Northey put it in yesterday's TDIB thread, "Sometimes you are the monster and sometimes the monster eats you."
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It was a senseless slaughter at the Cell as the Jays socked the Pale Hose by two touchdowns Friday night.  No wonder Chicago traded for Jay Cutler!!
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When I play a dope melody - Anything less than the best is a felony........
If there was a problem - Yo, I'll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it - Ice Ice Baby
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Like the tune he once used for striding to the plate with the Orioles, Kevin Millar came through under pressure by rapping one to the left-center field gap to drive in the winning run.  That helped the Jays break a come from ahead 7-7 tie for an 8-7 victory over the Texas Rangers in 11 innings at Rogers Centre Wednesday night.  Word to your Texas mothers!  (but in a nice way for our Texas readers!).

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So I'm contemplating the Jays bullpen and a strange thought came to me. A Thought I do not remember ever experiencing before.

I think I trust Jason Frasor.
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"if you're going to come out here and play, you might as well win."
-- Cito Gaston, yesterday

Today the Blue Jays enjoy their first off day, and it's safe to say that even those of us who were starry-eyed optimists about this year's team  (I think that's WillRain and myself) weren't expecting a 10-4 start.
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The Twins should be thankful they managed to take one out of four.  Roy Halladay and the offence were nails as the Jays creamed the Twinkies 9-2 Thursday night at the Metrodome.
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Wearing number 42 to honour Jackie Robinson really agreed with the Jays yesterday as they thumped the Twins 12-2 Wednesday night in their penultimate regular season game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  There's no truth to the rumour that every Jay will wear number 122 for tonight's game.  Besides, they got number 32 on the hill tonight and speaking of Hill, number 2 did more than alright in last night's ball game. 
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What's surprising you so far this year? That the Orioles, Mariners and Padres are all 6-2? The Mets are 3-4? AL pre-season darlings Cleveland and Boston are 1-7 and 2-6, (not so) respectively?

On an individual level, did you really think Nick Swisher would be hitting .458? Or that he'd be lagging behind Emilio Bonifacio (who?) at .485  or the greatness of Cristian Guzman at .515? Is that really Toronto's Adam Lind leading the major leagues with 12 RBI?

So exactly what -- teams, players, individual feats -- is surprising you so far this 2009 season? Who will keep it up? Who is destined for a spectacular fall?

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Poaching a headline off Braden, or Ned as I like to call him, the Jays could not use the brooms in Cleveland, falling 8-4 to the Tribe Sunday afternoon. 
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Okay, who had Jason Frasor getting the Jays first save of the season?  The reliever with one foot always seemingly out the door got the final out in the nervous ninth to preserve a 5-4 victory over Cleveland Saturday afternoon in the state of Ohio.
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The Jays are off to their best start in eight years after ruining the Indians home opener with a 13-7 win Friday night at Progressive Energy Field.
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In a first time showdown of two first round picks making their major league debut on the mound, "Rockin' " Ricky Romero bested Rick Porcello in Thursday afternoon's 6-2 victory at the stadium formerly known as SkyDome.

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