Ricky Romero just hasn’t been himself so far this year– his strikeouts are down, walks are up, he’s giving up more line drives and inducing fewer swinging strikes– and he certainly hopes to start turning things around this afternoon against Tampa, as he heads straight into Joe Maddon’s head games. Noticing the reverse split thing he’s got going on, and trying to neutralize the changeup Romero uses to get right-handers out, Maddon will once again buck conventional wisdom and send a pile of lefties to the plate against the Jays’ left-handed ace.

Five of the Rays starters today hit left handed, and two more are switch hitters who will face Romero on his left side, hoping to take advantage of the splits. This tactic, as you may recall, does not sit very well with Romero, who told reporters back in April, “I really don’t care what he has to say or what his mindset is against me. If he has nine lefties against me, I’ll find a way to win. That’s just the bottom line.”

Romero gave up eight hits and three runs– all earned– in six innings, striking out four and walking three en route to a 7-3 Jays win on April 17th, against a similarly left-heavy lineup, though quite a different one in the overall (Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria, Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac all played that day, and aren’t in the lineup today).

Drew Sutton, who was traded in a matter of days after having started the week at Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett team, will bat cleanup for Tampa. Adam Lind, eat your heart out.

Live Blogging Richard Griffin’s Live Blog!

Screw the scuttlebutt– I’ll post a bunch of links later in the afternoon. Instead, let’s have some fun with this section of the Game Threat, as it’s come to my attention that Richard Griffin is live blogging this afternoon’s game over at the Toronto Star, so I’m thinking… why not live blog what’s going on in Griff’s little corner of teh interwebs myself? If it goes well, next time it might even get its own post! Watch below for updates!!!

 

- 5:09 PM: Aaaaaand, that’s it. The Jays lose. Should I wrap this up, or… nah, I’m done.

- 5:00 PM: Is Griff still Griffing? Is this game still on? I think I just fell asleep– and before you bitch, I’ll have you know I was just following the lead of the Jays hitters. Ugh. Let’s see if the traditional lead-off walk to Tampa continues…

- 4:52 PM: Darren Oliver is apparently not getting too old for this shit. Also, someone in the GriffChat is worried about Drew Hutchison needing more seasoning, and really wants Dustin McGowan back. You just can’t make this stuff up! “Dustin is not even advanced enough in his comeback for the organization to make a reasonable guess at a time frame,” Griff explains. Even still, I’m probably taking Hutchison.

- 4:41 PM: And a non-baseball fan fights back, suggesting that you’ll look like a lame-o if the wave comes through your section and you stay seated. Uh… you got it backwards my friend. You’ll look like someone who actually gives a shit about the thing they bought tickets for.

- 4:38 PM: The anti-wave view gains some traction! BAN IT! BAN IT!!!!!!!! Surely Rogers employs enough fucking Fun Police to crack down.

- 4:32 PM: OK, that was a fun inning of baseball that was inches away from being fucking devastating. Let’s check back in with Griff, who points out that Casey Janssen absolutely froze on the mound, forcing Omar Vizquel to come home with a throw to end the inning as JP Arencibia tagged out Carlos Pena. Happy that’s over. Fuck!

- 4:21 PM: Game’s getting a little tense here.

- 4:15 PM: About that Vlad thing: in the paper today, Griff bets June 25th as the day we might see him.

- 4:13 PM: Griff figures the Jays have high hopes Vlad– and honestly, I know he was terrible in Baltimore last year, but… I dunno, maybe the Jays don’t want to eliminate the possibility that such a situation would suck the goddamn life out of anyone. Also: Johnson takes himself out of the game after what appears to be a hamstring issue while running into second on his double. Vizquel at second now.

- 4:03 PM: Colby Rasmus is still amazing to watch in centre. Really shows you how far Vernon Wells coasted on his reputation as his skills deteriorated. He may have been Rasmus-like at one point, but we haven’t seen CF like this for years. This game is still going on. So is Griff’s live blog, I think.

- 3:55 PM: We’re also wondering what the fuck was up with the Jays bullpen not moving a muscle when Eric Thames wound up lying in front of them hurt after a dive. Seriously, amiright? Griff is probably going to comment about Luke Scott beating the shift by hitting a ball that hit off Kelly Johnson’s glove, and took Brett Lawrie out of the play. Tie game, by the way. Cordero in– and not doing horribly, but holy fuck that’s going to be second-guessed if this goes south.

- 3:53 PM: An E5 dinger turns the discussion to what the hell his next contract is going to look like, at least around here– Willingham-like, perhaps? Who the fuck is comparable? Meanwhile, Griff is… following the game? I don’t know.

- 3:40 PM: It kinda defeats the purpose of the exercise to straight-up quote Griff, but he provides a nifty explanation what’s going on with the Lind/waiver business: “The belief is he has cleared waivers and there is no reason for the Jays to change their policy about keeping waiver moves confidential. I would say that AA is actively trying to find out what fellow executives in MLB are leaking waiver information to the media. But if clear, Lind can be brought back to the majors any time without having to go through any waiver or other exercise.”

- 3:38 PM: Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve just been lost in thought as to why Darren Oliver wasn’t brought into the game instead of Luis Perez. Though, a little mound visit– presumably to tell Perez to throw some damn strikes– seemed to work, and the Jays get out unscathed… somehow. Meanwhile, Griff keeps talkin’ about whatever his readers are askin’. Nothing major, for good or ill, in a while now– unless you want to count how Griff figures Escobar will keep hold of short even when Hechavarria is ready. Seniority and whatnot.

- 3:20 PM: Griff assures a reader AA was just doing his due diligence by asking about Hamels and Victorino. In the office, we all agree that the Jays might go hard after Zach Greinke, should he become available– either in-season or next winter. Other Griff stuff: cracking wise’ on Jeter’s gift bags, and– hang on– the Rays only have two hits today?!!!???!? MOTHERFUCK!

- 3:16 PM: Oh man, that’s amazing, Colby Rassssssmus

- 3:01 PM: Finally, the city’s odd Thames-bubble appears to be bursting, as Griffin tells a guy who mostly listens to games that he’s “ hitting a soft .254 and playing a soft left field.” Indeed. (Looks like Thames just knocked the wind out of himself on a dive, to boot– though, maybe it’s his hand…). Also, nugget time! “At the moment Farrell listed Bautista as his third 1B on his depth chart.”

- 2:58 PM: Reader Darren suggests that Brett Lawrie has a similar skill-set as Rickey Henderson. Brett Lawrie. Has a similar skill-set. As Rickey Henderson. Rickey Henderson. Who, from 1980 to 1998, averaged 7 wins a season!!?!?! Brett Lawrie’s a nice player, people, but Jesus Christ on a horse cock, some perspective, please.

- 2:48 PM: Non-Griff-related: Gregg Zaun, everybody! (Also: Dustin Parkes, everybody!)

- 2:41 PM: Griff returns! Via Twitter! So his DJF-approved avatar is now showing up in the chat!!!! This is, just perhaps, the proudest moment of my life.

- 2:38 PM: Hey! The Jays got a run back, and Colby Rasmus and his swagger sleeve stole a base, then snapped his imaginary tin of chaw, or something. Still not a whole lot going on here. Some ALDS speculation that… it… um… let’s just damn well get there and be happy about it, rather than worrying about what might happen if the Jays won the Wild Card, won the Play-In, and then wound up having to face the Rays, eh?

- 2:27 PM: Not a whole fuck of a lot going on here, as Griff’s still AWOL, and the fans are getting restless, hating on the Rays, bitching about Romero and Thames. I guess that’s what one loss and a fifth-inning deficit will do to you, coming off five wins in six games… y’know, if you’re an emotional wreck of a goddamn moron.

- 2:13 PM: Or don’t stop, I don’t even fucking care anymore. Getting close to a Frappucino break here. Griff is nowhere to be found. Apparently internet is internet-mittent (see what I just did there?) in Tampa. Surprising. Beautiful facility.

- 2:08 PM: STOP SUCKING, RICKY! JESUS!!!

- 2:05 PM: “I’m not too crazy about it,” comes the official answer. Meh.

- 2:02 PM: Griff is asked, in absentia, how he feels about people live blogging his live blog. I’m gonna suggest he probably doesn’t mind whatever extra pageviews my little exercise sends his way.

- 2:00 PM: Technical difficulties at the Griff Chat! He’s offline and the moderator is taking over, or something. Address your question to me and if it gets through over there I’ll answer it! Hahahahahaha.

- 1:58 PM: Non-chat-related: FUCK ME, ESCOBAR. SERIOUSLY???

- 1:57 PM: Readers are getting restless, as Griff apparently hasn’t said enough about Ricky Romero’s lack of command. “And Romero comments are not being aired? Is it not relevant to the game to talk starting pitching?” says Brent. Thing is, what’s to say, really? Romero is struggling with command, and if someone sees an obvious fix, send your resume to the Jays. He’ll get through it, but part of it is also that he really outpitched his peripherals last year, so he was always likely to not quite look as good as 2011. Seems to me like he’s had to regroup on the mound and get back into his proper delivery more often this year than I recall in years past. Seems like he usually does it, though, and gets relatively on track. But that’s all anecdotal gut-feeling bullshit, so, what the fuck do I know?

- 1:50 PM: Griff channels me– y’know, the more polite, real life me– saying “That is just plain dumb. Sorry,” to a fan who suggests the Jays go after Robinson Cano. WHY DON’T THEY REPLACE THE GROUNDS CREW WITH UNICORNS, WHILE THEY’RE AT IT!!!??!??!??!?!?!!?

- 1:46 PM: A fan is concerned about that umpires are getting a bad reputation, and insists MLB needs to deal with this consumer confidence issue. I wonder what possible fucking nonsense this stems from. Which isn’t to say that umpires shouldn’t get scrutiny when they make bad calls, or that there shouldn’t be more accountability, it’s just… y’know… welcome to EVERY SINGLE OTHER FUCKING YEAR EVER. Jays fans are just noticing now because the Golden Boy is involved– you know, the guy who Sportsnet gets on camera every possible second of the broadcast that they can? Like, after Bautista hits a home run? We get a shot of Lawrie waving a towel on the bench? Seriously, Sportsnet?

- 1:42 PM: Rich tells readers that this week’s Griff Bag should drop tomorrow, and the moderator chimes in “Good to hear.” Some ribbing going on there, or what? My mind is racing with the possibilities.

- 1:36 PM: Griffin just crushing softballs now: Jose is now better than Edwin, the O’s might not sustain their pitching success, Rasmus not likely a 25-90 guy. Jesus… how about, why are your readers still using RBIs????

- 1:33 PM: Nugget time: John Farrell was asked who’d start a one-off Wild Card game for his club if everyone was rested. He noted that Brandon Morrow has pitched really well in the first five weeks, but he also noted that it’s still way early. Translation: Morrow. Unless Ricky Romero gets his shit together– which, um…. it ain’t happening at the moment, no thanks to Eric Thames. Ugh. How’s Snider’s wrist doing???

- 1:28 PM: “Grego” asks where he can listen to the game on the internet– is this a veiled question for me? Because I’m not telling, even if I did know. There is this thing called “Google,” though. Also, as an MLB.com employee, I might disguise my name a bit better when asking such questions to Griff. *COUGH*

- 1:25 PM: Griff suggests it’s not confirmed that the Rays switch hitters today will definitely hit left against Romero, so my confidence in that notion may yet have to stand corrected. Also, non-Griff-related: Jose Bautista, motherfuck yes!!!

- 1:19 PM: Sorry, doing some tweetin’s and some eatin’s. Griff acknowledges he sometimes dabbles in DJF! (Well, I mean, obviously. Have you seen his Twitter avatar?) He also suggests that the damage to Brett Lawrie’s reputation among umps is a “day-to-day thing.” This too shall pass…

- 1:05 PM: Griff’s here! And he’s pointing out the Jays astonishingly fucking abysmal record in their last 20 series against the Rays (1-1-18). Holy shit! I mean, if there are reasons to want the Jays to take this game, that’s probably one of them.

- 12:56 PM: Not a whole hell of a lot going on. Still waiting for the Griffmeister.

 

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
J. Bautista RF
E. Encarnacion DH
J. Arencibia C
E. Thames LF
B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
Y. Gomes 1B

R. Romero LHP

Tampa Bay Rays

C. Pena 1B
B. Upton CF
M. Joyce RF
D. Sutton 3B
L. Scott DH
E. Johnson SS
W. Rhymes 2B
C. Gimenez C
R. Thompson LF

J. Shields RHP

 

Image via Abelimages/Getty.

Comments (257)

  1. hey stoetes.

    you guys planning to do live streams this year, at all? Or has that idea been squashed now that we have the vodcasts, podcasts, etc.

  2. yayyyyyyyyyyyy finally on tv.now win

  3. polished wood jose

  4. Game of inches they say.

  5. Jose’s homer was a fucking bomb.

  6. Hey Stoetes,
    What do you make of the Rays domination over the Jays in recent years? Actually, this goes back a while, even when they were awful, doesnt it?
    Thoughts?

  7. Looks like Ricky “Kyle Drabek” Romero again tonight.

    This is gonna be fun.

  8. The Rays beat us on a regular basis even when they were the worst team in baseball by miles. I never understood it.

    In other news, looks like Jose has his mojo back.

  9. that was a good pitch

  10. Rajai woulda caught it….

  11. How the fuck does everything Joe Maddon shit out turn to gold. Drew Sutton. Are you kidding me? On any other team in baseball, he’s basically Mike McCoy, isn’t he?

  12. I seems like the strike zone is down to the centre square in pitch traker.

  13. Rays scored two as soon as I turned on the TV. I’m outta here!

  14. Time to put Ricky on the DL so he can figure his shit out. Pitchers don’t just lose the ability to throw strikes like that. He’s hurt.

  15. Is Ricky Romero now the Jays 4th starter?

    What happened to your command dude?

  16. Come on Ricky let them hit it to me

  17. Thames must have more 3-4 pitch K’s than anyone in the league.

  18. Did you notice how he dove AFTER the ball was past him? That was so comedic. Love his physical comedy. Now if only it were intentional.

  19. The jays in tampa = typical prison bitch. Time to man up boys and start pitching instead of being the catcher all the time.

  20. Rasmus may be heating up, thankfully. It’s been a long time coming.

  21. Eric Shames forgot to wear his cape for that dive I think.

  22. So I’m just going to play the part of the idiot fan thinking WAY too far out of proportion for a second: Would AA ever make a run at Carlos Gonzalez if COL tanks this year, or would it take another year of Rockies’ suckitude on top of that to try and get him? And even then, is the contract too much?

  23. FFS Ricky you get more swagger from throwing strikes

  24. Holy balls. Ricky managed to not walk a guy or strike him out.

  25. Quick question for anyone with Rogers on Demand —- I forgot to tape the game and am at work, do they put the games to channel 100 ROD after they’re done??

  26. Jesus

  27. lol u go jays way to keep your head in the game

  28. Bad karma in tampa much jays?

  29. Yunel gets nervous every time he gets this close to Cuba.

  30. Both pitchers appear to be getting a small strikezone. Of course, Shields only has one walk and no HBP.

  31. I like the plunk on Pena. Get the walk out of the way and do it in 1/4th the pitches. Very economical. And it hurts the enemy. Thumbs up.

  32. Another Jays classic attempt at taking a series from the Rays.

  33. Ricky looks worse than Drabek did last year today. He’s throwing and hoping it goes to the strike zone. Just terrible. How he’s into the third is beyond me. Some terrible hacks have given him a few Ks.

  34. Wake me when the daily ass raping is over fail thjays fail. This is starting to look like the summer beatings the sox put on the jays jo-jo reyes anyone?

  35. Jose now on pace for 43 HR, 104 RBI, 90 BB. Remember when people were worried about him?

  36. Ricky hits the DL in 5….4….3….2…..

    • It wont surprise me if he hits DL. You just don’t lose strike zone like that. I hope they shut him down before his injury gets elevated.

  37. way to make them earn their runs their ricky. Fucking 4 runs on two hits..and neither of their hits was a homer.

    number one starter my ass.

  38. I hereby dub Ricky Romero: “Walky Wamero.” Here’s hoping it sticks.

    Kyle Drabek’s new moniker will take some more thought.

  39. he has never been a number 1 and hes heaped praise because he is a lefty.always a 2 at best

  40. I am sorry i didnt realize Dunedin took Toronto’s place today, my bad.

  41. Hey Toronto, next time we play you we are going to purchase Russ Adams and he’ll have a huge game because hes shitty AND hes a lefty.

    • Russ Adams is retired. Though I don’t doubt that the Rays could plot him in the 3 spot and make something of him.

  42. Jays playing like they can hear the bus running. I expect the driver to honk any second.

  43. People wonder what’s going on with Romero? His ERA is only resembling his FIP of last season.

    • It’s the walks we’re worried about.

      • Well there’s that too. What I honestly don’t get is how he can magically lose all knowledge of being a pitcher for one complete inning.

    • Yes, but his FIP is worse this year, likely due to his higher BB rate, and the highest of any season in his career.

    • Using FIP to say that Ricky is only doing what he was predicted to do, does not in any way answer the current issues that are plaguing Ricky. All his peripherals are worse this year, so its not that luck has caught up to him its that he simply is not pitching as well as last year.

  44. Question: At what point does this poor base running and fielding become a reflection on the manager? Farrell has gotten a pass thus far on the poor bullpen management (see Crawford/CoCo) and lineups (see Lind in the four hole three days before he was optioned). If we can’t even play fundamentally sound baseball, what value is he adding? In this division you need a manager that adds wins. If managers had a WAR, Farrell would be negative five over the past two seasons at a minimum.

    • The fielding has been quite good, its part of the reason we’re surviving with a cadre of groundball pitchers.

      I don’t see how he’s gotten a pass on bullpen management, hardly a game goes by where he isn’t criticized for it.

  45. Just a fine ab, Yunel.

  46. We’re down to only two ways to score runs: solo homers and opposition misplays.

  47. Has Ol’ Grif given you the slip?

  48. What you’re witnessing today is the ‘space cadet’ Escobar that got chased out of Atlanta. Easy to see why his teammates would hate that style of play. Hopefully his latino buddies will get his head straight. But it should be noted he’s been a different player since re-signing.

  49. A promising frame goes to Johnson and Escobar to die. I like Tabs and his “Johnson’s not picking up that pitch” commentary. You think, Tabs?

  50. Facing one of the best pitchers in the AL, and probably the 2nd best team in all of MLB and you guys are acting like its a travesty that we’re not blowing them out game after game.

    • If you aren’t watching the game it would give you a different impression than if you were. There has been a stark contrast between Shields dummying hitter after hitter and Romero’s first few innings where he was clueless.

      Romero has shown a lot of veteran savvy to settle in here and has looked better since the 3rd. But the Jays are extremely fortunate to be in this game. Their second run was a gift from TB defense.

      But hey- they’re right in it despite RiRo starting terribly. Anyone’s game right now.

    • Confido, your life of mediocrity must be extremely satisfying. Not having to worry about continually getting worked over by TB. Hey, “TB has some of the best pitchers in the AL, and is probably the 2nd best team in all of MLB”. You’re right man, we should be happy just to keep this game close. Why would I even consider improving our record against TB? Even with our number one pitcher on the mound I should simply consider this series over and move on. Thanks for setting me straight man. I’ll look ahead to the next sub 500 team we face……in mid-June.

  51. Was looking for something in the DJF archives from a few years back when I found this gem from Griffin: “Gaston should be Jays GM” (June 24, 2008) – http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/447725

    Could you imagine?

  52. Country Joe is a true contrarian. Good for him.

  53. Christ, I will deal with Vlad playing LF just to get Thames out of this fucking line up.

  54. Another very efficient strike out by Thames. No messing around. Grab a bat and then grab some pine. Stop wasting everyone’s time. Nice job.

  55. Can we please get Thames sent down for god’s sake?? He’s just plain awful

    • They’d have to identify someone they wanted to bring up. Who would that be, Mike McCoy? Snider isn’t coming up this season. I think they’re just going to wait for Vlad.

      In the meantime, they should leave Thames on the roster but bench him for Davis. Can’t believe I’m saying that, but Rajai looks like our best option at this point.

      • My guess is that they would call up either McDade or Cooper to play first, go with a Davis/Francisco platoon in LF and Gomes would be a super utility fill in guy playing all over the place.

        • Watch Sutton hit a grand slam and the internet pundits go into an orgasmic frenzy about how brilliant Maddon is.

        • the problem with that platoon is that they both hit from the same side of the plate

  56. Gomes seems more sound at 1st than his reputation would suggest. (And yes, early days, SSS, etc.)

  57. Shit. look at the water. I wish I was in Florida right now.

  58. Another Lawrie ground out quelle surprise

  59. Cletus fooled Upton.

  60. I like mopey triples hitting Rasmus better than mopey ground out hitting Rasmus.

  61. Today is one of those days that Kelly can’t even make contact with the ball.

  62. Golden sombrero for Johnson as Shields pisses all over him once again.

  63. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

  64. Ricky fucking Romero equal opportunity pitcher. Walks have to equal K’s or it’s just not fair.

  65. Good news for Morrow. He’s now officially our #1 pitcher!

  66. Why was Romero out to start the 7th? So we could hand them more free baserunners? Is Farrell unaware of the off day tomorrow?

    • Farrell was also unaware of the off day yesterday when he used the 7th man out of the pen for 2 innings in a 2 run game against a division rival.

      • Agreed a couple of those moves with the pitchers this series have been head scratchers for sure. Crawford is still the worst considering he’s had a bad back.

        • Yesterday Wilner said that you shouldn’t bring your good relief pitcher into the game in the fifth (or sixth for that matter) inning. And to prove his point he said “you just can’t “

  67. Romero had another successful fundraiser on May 23 for the 2012 Toronto Walk-A-Thon.

  68. So Jays outfield depth looking kind of shaky these days. Thames proving he needs to be sent back down, Fransisco hurting, Snider on the DL, Davis just meh unless he’s on base and the rest of the youngsters not exactly proving they’re ready for a shot at the big leagues quite yet.

    I am starting to think that Vladdy is going to see some serious time in the field when he gets here if Snider is still struggling with his wrist.

  69. For all the pessimism in this discussion….

    we’re tied.

  70. Yeah!! EE!

  71. EDDIEEEEEEEEEE!

  72. In EE we trust.

  73. what’s with EE and his the turkey gesture when he hits home runs?

  74. Massive!

  75. Peralta muttering to himself: fuck I suck fuck I suck fuck I suck fuck I suck fuck I suck.

  76. Oh yes, EE!!

  77. Thames…just got a hit.
    Every so often he does that. It’s always a surprise.

  78. He better have a short leash…

  79. Lawrie ground ball? Go on, you kidder!

  80. Fuck. Cordero.

    Sayonara Jays…

  81. KJ should have had that. Not the quickest reaction there.

  82. At least Coco can’t blow the save today lol

  83. I’m not exactly sure why Maddon would give up an out against Cordero. Makes no sense.

  84. Paging Darren Oliver…..

  85. Since getting kicked the fuck out of the closer spot, Coco has been pretty good.

    • You’re one of the first to admit it. Most of us are too frightened to risk changing the narrative.

  86. He is a dang gud centr fieldur

  87. merry rasmus! in your spectacled face, joe maddon.

  88. Colby is dreamy

  89. I love me some Cleatus.

  90. That sums up Rasmus’ offensive season so far.

  91. Fuck off Fernando Rodney.

  92. Would have been nice for one of the Jays to take Rodney deep and shove that game ending move right up his ass.

  93. Kelly Johnson narrowly avoids the 5 K night!

  94. Is the turf at Tropicana wet or something? It looks like shit for one thing — all patchy and gross. But every time a ball hits the surface it looks like there’s a little splash.

    I’ve always pictured it as being just gross-as-shit wet Florida swamp water or something.

    • They fill it with sand and shit to make it soft. There is a Zaun 101 on the sportsnet web site about it.

    • It’s still wet from all the spitting Garza used to do.

      • - 4:41 PM: And a non-baseball fan fights back, suggesting that you’ll look like a lame-o if the wave comes through your section and you stay seated. Uh… you got it backwards my friend. You’ll look like someone who actually gives a shit about the thing they bought tickets for.

        during the late innings of the mets game sunday, iheard this gem ” the wave is awesome, it keeps people entertained when there’s nothing going on”

        this was during either the eighth or ninth inning of a game the jays came pretty damn close to coming back from four runs down.

  95. That explains why he didn’t come up with that grounder.

  96. Sutton to win the game for Rays. Interwebs tout Maddon as total genius.

  97. OUT AT HOME PLATE?!?! WHERE WAS THE GUY AT FIRST???

  98. Way to go old man!

  99. Nicely done, Janssen. You too Omar.

  100. mascot does it again!

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