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The 2011 Toronto Blue Jays concluded their season with a 3-2 defeat of the Chicago White Sox this afternoon and finished the year at .500 on the nose. The White Sox held a 2-1 lead entering the ninth, but Chris Sale was unable to find the strike zone, allowing Mark Teahen and Adam Loewen to both draw walks with the bases loaded. Shawn Camp earned the win, as Brandon Morrow struggled with his control. Frank Francisco notched his 17th save, while Jose Bautista was held hitless, but drew his 132nd walk of the year.
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The battle for the post-season is just about settled. The Rays, by taking 3 of 4 from Boston, have prolonged matters. But they've got 10 games left, and 7 of them are with the Yankees. The Red Sox also have 10 games left, and 7 of them are with the Orioles.

Big, big advantage to the Red Sox.
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Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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No one takes Catcher ERA seriously. This is wise.

I'm going to talk about it anyway.
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Kansas City's in town. I don't want to jinx it, but what are the odds the Jays don't sweep? Oops, I just jinxed it.
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The largest variable determining how many runs a team will score is how many times they get their leadoff man on.
 - Bill James, 1988 Baseball Abstract

While there's only one leadoff hitter in the starting lineup, in the course of the game lots of players get a chance. Here's how the Jays' hitters have done (through Saturday's games) when leading off the inning:
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Brandon Morrow gets the start today in the rubber match.  This will be his first start back in Safeco since he was traded, hopefully the mound is to his liking.  Morrow looks to pitch better than Brad Mills last night.  The Jays comeback in that game helped obscure Mills inability to hold a six run lead.
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Yeah, its been awhile so here is a thread for all things going on in the majors. From Brett Lawrie's first game in Canada, to Uggla reaching 30 for his hitting streak.
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No news? I guess that's good news.
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There's a lot of symmetry going around.
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Itís Hall of Fame Induction weekend and today will see Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick gain induction to Cooperstown. Dave Van Horne received the Ford C. Frick award yesterday.
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The Jays are in texas for three games in the Texas heat before coming home to face Baltimore and Texas.  It's also hall of fame weekend for Canadian connected Robbie Alomar, Pat Gillick and Dave Van Horne.

All games are 8pm eastern starts.

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Casey Janssen is back, and Luis Perez has been sent to Las Vegas.
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Hey, it's the details that I love...
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Okay, how does the Home Run Derby play out tonight? Tell us who's going to win, and if you're feeling frisky, rank the entrants from 1-8, like I have done here.

For the record, the "voting" about who will win being done on MLB.com has the Jays' own Jose Bautista running second to ... wait for it ... Robinson Cano. (But it's very close -- go vote if you have a moment!)

I personally think the final standings will look approximately like this ...

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