Hell of a game to cap a hell of a day yesterday, wasn’t it? And as much as I’d like to talk about Henderson Alvarez– whose as-advertised high-90s fastball with great movement showed why the Jays have been so eager to get him to the Majors, even if it kinda seemed that the ball sometimes would go right back out twice as hard as it came in– it was Brett Lawrie, his grand slam, and his good goddamn thing there wasn’t a woman in sight or he might have started savaging her right there in the dugout celebration that stole the show.
Speaking of Lawrie and women, I give you the genius of @GourmetSpud, on learning that him and JP Arencibia are roomies: “Wait, Lawrie and Arencibia SHARE an APARTMENT? That place is going to turn over Toronto women like it’s lunchtime at Fresh.”
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In order to increase his positional flexibility, the Jays are having Edwin Encarnacion shag some flies in left field. Hey, if Manny can do it, and a broken-down Barry Bonds can do it, anybody can. Not that Edwin’s bat is quite so valuable as those guys, but… I’m all for it: if it works, and he stays, and they want him to play a lot, it means they can still go looking for a DH-only bat and not have to worry about finding him a place in the infield– since we can all imagine how well that’d go.
John Lott of the National Post does some tweeting about Travis Snider, who was 6-for-10 with no walks in his first two games back in Vegas, but went 1-for-2 with three walks last night– perhaps a sign that they’ve given him the Lawrie directive?
“If you have stolen signs, you have a dumb catcher,” says White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen [Note: fuckin' eh!], as quoted by Bruce Arthur of the National Post in his column on the sign stealing flap.
TV: Sportsnet One
Ever notice how we haven’t pissed and moaned nearly as much about baseball being exiled to Sportsnet One due to Rogers Cup tennis as we do every year when it happens because of some young boys hockey tournament? I guess that’s because we’re unpatriotic fuckheads, huh?
And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com…
Toronto Blue Jays
Y. Escobar SS
E. Thames LF
J. Bautista RF
A. Lind DH
E. Encarnacion 1B
C. Rasmus CF
A. Hill 2B
J. Arencibia C
B. Lawrie 3B
B. Mills LHP
Oakland Athletics of
Philadelphia Kansas City Oakland
S. Sizemore 3B
C. Pennington SS
H. Matsui DH
J. Willingham LF
C. Jackson 1B
D. DeJesus RF
K. Suzuki C
R. Sweeney CF
A. Rosales 2B
G. Moscoso RHP
Image via @Powder_Blue, Casey Janssen being awesome.