Oh, hello. Season still going huh? From Oakland, you say? Well… OK, then, I guess I’d better have some kind of a Game Threat.


Richard Griffin tweets that he thinks John Farrell today took a “backhand swipe at lineup. Asked about 1 walk by last 86 Jays batters: ‘walks are a by-product of good hitters.’ Hmm.”

Elsewhere, Barry Davis tweets that Farrell suggested today that Brett Cecil– tonight’s starter– might be more suited to a bullpen role as a lefty specialist, due to his prominent splits.

A tweet from Oak Sports Mgmt tells us that the Jays have re-acquired Frank Gailey, who you may remember from such trades as the Ben Francisco piss in the ocean.

Apparently Jose Bautista has a new Reebok commercial, and apparently Getting Blanked has it.

Lastly, since I didn’t post it earlier– and it was a real cracker of a show– here’s today’s Getting Blanked Podcast.

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
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
D. Cooper 1B
R. Davis LF
J. Mathis C
A. Gose RF

B. Cecil LHP

Oakland A’s

C. Crisp CF
J. Gomes DH
J. Reddick RF
Y. Cespedes LF
C. Carter 1B
B. Inge 3B
D. Norris C
A. Rosales SS
J. Weeks 2B

D. Straily RHP


Image via Jed Jacobsohn/Getty.

Comments (534)

  1. I told you so

  2. Well fuck me with a pixie stick!

    Mathis actually came through.

  3. a 1 run come-from-behind win over this team would be . . . . . payback/karma/funny

  4. but wait, what the chances we score another run?

  5. it’s funny that supposed non passed ball, rajai had already rounded second and was running toward third with kj there. if the catcher had just picked up the ball he could have thrown him out.

    • and he went around on the pitch too and i cant remember if that would have been strike 3 to end the game.strike 2 was showing but i dont know if that was because of foul

  6. When is the last time this team came back on anyone!!?? Seems like if we are down we are done, usually

  7. Michael Taylor, top prospect

    Turned that stiff into shitty Brett Wallace and then into potentially very good Anthony Gose.

    Not in the AA can do no wrong camp at all, but that was good.

    • And what exactly has gose done? He looks like a complete reject at the plate. He has three tools..only problem the two he doesn’t have are the only two you actually need to play baseball.

      • Impatience is what is going to kill this player development plan.

        Gose should not have a sniff of the majors until Sep 2013 at the earliest.

        Unlike hockey, baseball players need 4-7 years to develop properly.

        Don’t hate on Gose. Hate on the impatience of Jays fans pressuring the team to rush players who aren’t ready.

        The only way I will lose respect for AA is if he starts listening to the whiners.

  8. That was the 1st 3 or more run inning since last Friday vs Tiggers

  9. i dont care what the final score is tonight, the ninth was pure entertainment baby

  10. Coldby is back: since AS break (20 games, .190 BA, 2 BBs and only 4 XBH) – Gose has a better OBP than Rasmus of late, and his is only .270

    Lawrie only a .670 OPS in the same stretch,

    People shitting on Rajai Davis – he has a .852 OPS since AS break

    • It’s not really about Rajai’s offense, well, it kind of is as he doesn’t seem to come through in key situations. His defense has been suspect too, for example his missed catch last night and his bad throw to home tonight. I would have preferred Sierra play tonight as Chisolm stated that Sierra had homered off Straily last time they met yet Sierra was still kept out of the lineup. Davis just seems more like a 4th OF

    • As long as Colby keeps taking HPB’s off his jersey, I won’t complain. He’s probably performed better than Rajai the whole season.

      • I am not pitting them against each other like it is Survivor; don’t need to pick one over the other (I would always choose Colby) – just pointing out that Rajai has provided some benefit of late

    • Colby Rasmus > Josh Hamilton since July 1.

  11. Yunel has probably been the 3rd best jays hitter of late (after EE and yes, Rajai) LEEGGOOOO YUNELLLLLLLL!!

  12. Get a trim, Reddick, you scuzzy fucking bastard.

  13. Lincoln seems pretty good, gotta say.

    • That curve/slider is nasty.

    • AA addressed a need for some strikout potential.in time people will see it was awsome under the circumstances. i bet next year this team will rock and these last trades will pay off huge. just like the quiet jansen

  14. cmon buck now calling him rickie weeks. the old bob cole is sent into oblivion because of this shit and he is ancient

  15. Lincoln with a 3 pitch strikeout! It’s like he’s pitching to Travis Snider!

  16. Looked like a swing by CoCo.

  17. DP with a Lincoln Log, right here

  18. That wild pitch was very AJ Burnett too.

  19. I blame a lack of range at 2B by Kelly Johnson on Weeks’ ball in play, for this entire debacle.

  20. the ultimate question is….has farrell improved from last year?

  21. Wow.

  22. I hope rajai turns a DP

  23. The Jays giveth, yet they are not adverse to taketh awayeth as well. Fingers crossed.

  24. ok, Lincoln give em that awesome curve we heard about

  25. fuckin nasty

  26. Paints it!

  27. Dat Hook!

  28. DAMN!

    Nice pitch

  29. Fuuuuck, that was some pitch.

  30. I’d still rather have Snider

  31. sometimes baseball is so beautiful

  32. That curve is paralyzing when he spots it.

  33. Alrighty!!!

  34. Yan Jones digs it out!

  35. holy fuck, JAN GOMES – what a fucking inning WHAT A FUCKING INNING

  36. Geez Yunel why did you pick NOW to throw like that???

  37. fuck yunel you lazy bastard, you almost cost the game.

  38. whewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww and kyle z go fuck off until you get over snider is gone.if you want to hang onto something that isnt going to change you are in for a long rough life. dont make us read your hangups. time to grow up

  39. Big deal I could have done that.

  40. Jan Gomes uses his C skills to catch the WP from Yunel


  42. Snider is going to turn into a great player. I hope.
    He ran out of options, and time with the jays.
    If we trade him now we get a futre closer/stud set up man.
    If we wait two months and Snider doesn’t perform, he’s gone for nothing.

    Long term we lose the Snider trade. Under the circumstances, we couldn’t risk losing him for nothing.

    • there is no fuckin way anyone can say the jays lost that trade yet. snider might still slide into AAA oblivion or not perform for 5 years. the jays couldnt wait for him.thats it thats all

    • snider is opsing .498 vs rh, good luck to him

    • I don’t see why Snider could not have been kept for 2013. It’s not like Davis is outplaying him.

      davis just struck out again on a pitch well outside the zone.

      At the very least Snider could have been used as a 4th OF.

      I don’t see how we score any more runs tonight.

      • They wanted Lincoln, Davis wasn’t going to get the trade done.

        Do you follow how this works?

      • prozac just come out with the snider release pills format. take some. lincoln is sweet

      • Oakville69, do you really think that AA wouldn’t have traded Davis, if anyone wanted him? He wanted Lincoln, and the price was Lunchbox. Not Davis. OK?

        • I never said that AA should have offered Davis for Lincoln. I know that would not happen.

          However, it doesn’t make sense to give up on Snider when the current 4th OF is Rajai Davis.

          Snider should provide more WAR for this team than Lincoln.

  43. Nice to see Pat Neshek back in the bigs.

  44. Why does davis always look like he’s about to shit himself as he waves wildly at an outide breaking ball?

  45. I deserve a GIF, a la Jemile Weeks a couple of weeks ago, for that swing on strike 3.

  46. Lol mathis’s strike 3 swing was about a foot off the place, but I guess we deserves to be forgiven today.

  47. so does farrell show improvement this year?

  48. the phillies left a major deal on the table on deadline day.anyone think it was the jays and it gets revivieted

  49. revisited

  50. Hi guys… remember me? It’s lonely in Houston.

  51. Maybe if I close my eyes I’ll hit it hard.

  52. Looked a ball.

  53. So…Butterfield is still retarded

  54. What the motherfuck!

  55. C’on, Butter, he’s oooooooooold!

  56. That’s not on you Omar, cmon Butter – no need for that

  57. The fuck Butterfield?

  58. Jesus fuck..the guy is as old as fuck and not a great runner. They would have had him on 3rd with 1 out. Fuck!

  59. 2nd and 3rd with 1 out with your best hitter coming to the plate…or how bout take a retarded risk to try and score a run that doesnt guarantee victory. FUCKIN SMART!

  60. fuck you butter, why are you sending a 73 year old man home with edwing up

  61. Why did you send me Butterfield? Ow! Ow! My back!!!

  62. A’s come back with the walk-off here, guaranteed.

  63. going to be a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong night.

  64. Personally, I’m usually s big Butter fan, but that was an extremely bad read.

  65. 5 game losing streak and inability to hit with runners on weighing on Butterfield?

  66. I’m going to bed, that was some weak-ass horse shit right there.

  67. Well that was depressing. KJ was so good at the start of the year, him and EE kept us winning when the offence was terrible…he did really well at the top of the lineup getting walks, some home runs, and some 2 out crucial hits, maybe he just needs some confidence.

  68. EE would’ve been walked regardless so that was probably our best chance as KJ would’ve hit into a DP

  69. Oh shit.

  70. Hooray for the 8 man bullpen!

  71. Colby traded (I keed I keed)

  72. ….?????

  73. WTF, Farrell?

  74. WTF Ras is out now too??

  75. Rasmus has given up for the year and refuses to play anymore. Smart.

  76. Rasmus pulled… anybody else remember what happened that last time an OF was pulled during the game?

  77. Now Ferrell fucked up the score card and lost the DH


    • I was gonna say I’ve never seen that before. Was it intentional or just a complete fuck up?

  78. Ashby calling “groin tweak” on Colby

  79. Lincoln is pretty good. Jemile Weeks is annoying as hell.

  80. Rasmus is leading silently from the bench for duration of game.

  81. butter has been horrible this year.guaranteed gone next year

    • He’s good as a bench guy and with his defensive shifts and stuff. But he’s made the wrong call a number of times as the 3rd base coach. That being said when the ball got away and the cut off man was missed..you kinda have to take the chance.

      • I don’t remember cut off man being missed, but it all happened so fast. I think A’s broadcaster said – when ball is cut and still beat guy by 10 feet, probably shouldn’t have sent him.

  82. Coco Crisp is just plain unlikeable

  83. Despite many here being snider fanatics, you gotta give lincoln some props here.

    • You have to hope that anyone unwilling to let go of Lunchbox doesn’t cut his nose off to spite his face. Just because you love Snider doesn’t mean you have to hate Lincoln.

      • I don’t hate Lincoln. He’s a very good reliever, but it makes no sense to trade Lunchbox when you don’t have a strong OF.

        Gose needs another year in AAA. He’s not ready.

        AA making the same mistake as JP did. Now Hecheverria is up.

        He has even worse numbers than Gose.



  85. Rasmus was traded for Snider!! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease bring Snider baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! I miss his swing-and-miss swing sooooooooo much!

  86. omar is playing centre now

  87. Tip of the cap to Lincoln, but still believe AA has no plan for LF.

  88. Is anyone left on the bench?

  89. when was the last time we went 13 innings

  90. It’s kinda ridiculous the amount of times this team will pop out in a 2-0 count…I’d rather anyone not named Rasmus/Bautista/E5 be taking all the way in that count.

  91. Gomes with the UNproductive Out

  92. cmon Rajai – this team DIDN’T WANT YOU

  93. Revenge Time Rajai – like Kill Bill

  94. Oh Rajai! For shame!!!

  95. and the dum dum does it again. for lincoln eh? asshole fanatic

  96. My bad!

  97. Classic Rajai. Game changer. DFA, please.

  98. Rajai, I take it back

  99. That is a pretty dirty pickoff move though, have to say.

  100. Rajai – Are you a Double Agent?? Is Billy Bean your spymaster?? Karla??

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