The Tigers come to town, and the Jays look to continue the getting-back-on-track that started yesterday, and catch a break in that rain didn’t wash out last night’s Justin Verlander start in Cleveland, meaning that they’ll miss him in this series.

Staff Ace Carlos Villanueva (TM) takes the hill, with a defence that once again doesn’t include Yunel Escobar (or Jose Bautista, or JP Arencibia) behind him. And hey! Three lefties in a row in the middle of the order! Except… MAYBE NOT!!!

Dun dun dun…

UPDATE: Shi Davidi tweets: “Before speculation gets out of hand (too late), I’m told Adam Lind almost certainly scratched for physical reasons. No specific details yet.” (Italics mine, because… dun dun dunnnn!!!!)

UPDATE THE SECOND: It’s back tightness for Lind as well. Is “back tightness” the new… um… “back injury”? I’m going to go ahead and say no, even though the conspiracy theorist in me thinks it’s possibly more than a little coincidental that two of the club’s most tradeable position players have come down with this affliction– and so soon after being originally included in today’s lineup. But we’d drive ourselves nuts if we open the door to believing these are lies, and for what? To have an inkling of something for a few fleeting hours– if that– before we’re told about it officially anyway? Forget that, these two are just hurting.

Scuttlebutt

All sorts of stuff swirling at the moment, as Yunel Escobar was a late scratch from the lineup– with back tightness, as a club spokesman made sure to let the press corps. know, according to a Gregor Chisholm tweet– and now, according to a tweet from Shi Davidi, Adam Lind has been an even later scratch from the lineup as well! Hmmm…

“No reason given for that one,” Gregor tweets.

Earlier Gregor relayed these words from John Farrell…

Davidi tweeted earlier about some progress being made on the injury front: Jose Bautista isn’t ready to hold a bat just yet, and the club is hoping that early next week he’ll be able to get in some “dry swings.” Brandon Morrow threw a bullpen session today and is on schedule to make a rehab start at Single-A Dunedin on Sunday. And “Drew Hutchison made 30 throws at 45 feet on first day of throwing program. Will be two days on, one day off for time being.”

TV: Sportsnet One

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

B. Lawrie 3B
O. Vizquel SS
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion 1B
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Gomes DH
T. Snider LF
J. Mathis C
A. Gose RF

C. Villanueva RHP

Detroit Tigers

A. Jackson CF
Q. Berry LF
M. Cabrera 3B
P. Fielder 1B
D. Young DH
B. Boesch RF
J. Peralta SS
A. Avila C
O. Infante 2B

R. Porcello RHP

 

Image via Jared Wickerham/Getty.

Comments (233)

  1. Crowing about O’s on MLB network. Come on, gents, 5 games over .500. Yawn.

  2. Almost 34k there tonight

  3. This team really has been amazing with all they’ve dealt with. You think they’re done, go on a losing slide, a couple bounce back games, and they’re STILL just 2 out of the wild card. They really deserve a lot of props.

  4. 6 straight A’s reach safely against Baltimore. Oakland loves to string hits together, holy moly.

    • i was watching that game. there was maybe one hard hit ball in the inning. it was bad luck grounder after bad luck grounder….then after it got tied up..A’s started hitting it hard.

      Just dont like closers who dont strike out at least 1 per inning. Johnson is one of those pitch to contract closers and he had a good run..but the regression has begun as he has blown his third save in recent games.

  5. Wow Cole Hamels signed his new contract and turned into Ricky Romero and walked 6.

  6. Jays could pass the Rays tomorrow and maybe the O’s by Sunday night – 2nd place???

  7. Good game to watch even though SN fucked it over by missing the first 3 innings for the opening fucking ceremony. Gotta love the PVR though.

    I see one comment above but did anyone else notice the exchange Vizquel and Cabrera? Not that I can read lips but it sure looked like Miguel asking V. WTF fuck up is with the maple boner acting like he cleared the bases with his triple. He didn’t look all that happy and sort of gestured/stared into the dugout.

    • Brett Lawrie is the kind of guy you hate if he’s not on your team.

      Fortunately, he’s OUR barely-literate, Red Bull-fuelled madman.

    • I’m sure Jim Leyland is relieved something besides booze, beans and rice can get Cabrera fired up.

    • To be honest Cabrera looked like he was having a laugh, not a perturbed moment

      • TM; I don’t know…I watched it 5-6 times over and Omar makes a gesture like don’t worry about about he didn’t mean nottin.

  8. I don’t want to be traded away from my buddies so I’m going to fake a back injury. Simples.

  9. Hey! As of today, the Jays have the highest scoring offense in baseball! That’s alright, no?

  10. Also, Snider’s got as many HR in seven games this year as he hit in 49 games last year. I can’t help but wonder if his power outage last year had to do with all of the weight he lost. Those kinds of body transformations can take awhile to adjust to. Maybe Snider’s power is in his love handles?

    • “Maybe Snider’s power is in his love handles?”

      Pretty sure that’s what your mom told me last night.

  11. And again: Snider has doubled his career HR total against lefties in the last 7 games. He only had three for his career going into this year.

  12. Great game. I got some sweet tickets (2nd row, along 1st base line) on short notice from a friend and I’m really glad I went.

  13. Snider is not only in Pete’s mom, he’s in the 5 hole behind the chicken wing King.

    Davis leading off, Gose hitting ninth in CF, Rasmus DH

  14. Have to say that an outfield of Bautista Rasmussen and snider is looking mighty exciting defensively and offensively.

    And a offense lineup that includes snider Bautista Rasmussen encarnacion lawrie and eventually d’arnaud is starting to look pretty dangerous.

    Just get us 2 real starters for effs sake

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