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That must be what it feels like to be rooting for the opposition when Doc pitches.
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Even the awesomeness of Huston Street couldn't make that game any better. Good thing I missed most of it.
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John McDonald was a 12th round pick out of Providence in 1996, so making the big leagues was a long shot for him from the get-go. On the strength of his excellent defence, he beat the odds and got his first taste of the Show in 1999 with Cleveland. Since then hes been up and down between the minors and the majors, been a backup infielder, been non-tendered, been traded for himself. With over 5 years of Major League service time, hes earning relative chump change half a million dollars. And last night, he did something hes probably dreamed of since Little League: he hit a grand slam.
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Once again, here's Alex Obal to tell us about This Day In Baseball:

On paper, Ted Lilly against Chien-Ming Wang looked like the most intriguing pitching matchup of the weekend, and it didnt disappoint.
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Great win for the good guys - coming back from a 3-0 deficit and then winning in extra innings after a blown save 5-4.  Perhaps after the Hillenbrand incident and last night's game the Jays have some momentum and can get on an extended roll.

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A key misdecision helps the Jays snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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Jays cruise past Rangers.
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Lyle Overbay and Bengie Molina come through for the Jays in extra innings as Scott Downs gets the win. The Jays generated lots of news yesterday with the installation of a new infield, the recall of Vinnie Chulk and another staph infection on the team. With acknowledgements to all who have done this before me, here are ten things I think about the Jays.
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How bad were the Jays going into last night's game? Well, someone on the Royals -- the Royals -- said they expect to win. If I may steal a line from Deadspin (and speak on behalf of Jays fans everywhere):

Suddenly, we can taste food again.
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Ty Taubenheim struggled last night. The resurgent Royals' bats boomed, while Jays fans performed unspeakable rituals in the hopes of resurrecting the bats of their heroes. But, there is good news...
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The good doctor shuts down the Rangers for 7-2/3. B.J. Ryan has a rare brush with human-ness, but gets it done for the Blue Jay win.
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The Jays are 5-18 in Arlington over the last four years.

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The Jays were 9-9 in interleague play. The rest of the AL did much better.
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This return to Toronto by a former starter whose name begins with C and now pitches for an NL team that wears red went a lot better for the home side than the last one did.
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So this is what good starting pitching is like.
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