Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays

Last year Ubaldo Jimenez, who starts tonight for Cleveland, was one of only three qualified starters in all of baseball to accumulate less value than the Jays’ (now Marlins’ and Florida State League’s) Henderson Alvarez and Ricky Romero.

Going for the Jays it’s Brandon Morrow.

It’s redemption time, and I’ve got a good feeling that tonight’s crowd– the same sort of folks who are happy to leave St. Patrick’s Day and the grotesqueness that goes with it to those who don’t know any better, understanding that there are plenty of other days in which to happily imbibe like a grown-up– are in for a treat.

Scuttlebutt

Surprise, surprise: Brendan Kennedy tweets that John Gibbons says that Henry Blanco will catch Dickey’s next start. He adds that Gibbons says it’s not necessarily because of last night.

Kennedy also relays an update on Brett Lawrie, who Gibbons can’t see returning in less than two weeks.

John Lott tweets that Gibbons says he spoke to Jose Bautista about showing up umpires back in Florida. “That’s fine, I get that,” he says of the antics that are wildly overblown by people for looking for something negative to talk about.

Lott also updates us on Ricky Romero, who is just throwing on the side at this point, and will open the season taking the fourth turn in the rotation for Dunedin, which puts his first start on Sunday.

Barry Davis tweets that last night’s opener brought in 1.4-million viewers– the most-watched Jays game in Sportsnet’s history.

No changes to the lineups for either club tonight.

Scuttlebutt Update: Gold from Jose Bautista on the body language non-issue via a series of tweets from John Lott:

“I don’t see anything wrong with playing with emotion … I’m not a robot. Umpires are always going to make mistakes. That’s the nature of the game … For me, it’s harder to deal with. … I don’t want to get calls. I want the right call to be made. … I am starting to feel annoyed a little bit about the fact that everybody is trying to point the finger at me, saying I’m reacting & that’s something negative. Everybody … makes mistakes, & I do it sometimes & a lot of times they do it, too. … Sometimes I have trouble more than other players dealing with my production being affected by somebody else’s mediocrity.”

Amazing. Lott adds:

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

SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)

Brandon Morrow RHP

The Clevelands

CF Michael Bourn (L)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
2B Jason Kipnis (L)
1B Nick Swisher (S)
LF Michael Brantley (L)
C Carlos Santana (S)
DH Mark Reynolds (R)
3B Lonnie Chisenhall (L)
RF Drew Stubbs (R)

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Comments (567)

  1. Thank god!

  2. Well, Well, Well!

  3. SWEET!!!

  4. JBAU!!!

  5. yes!!!!! Finally!!! Yes!!!

  6. About goddamn time.

  7. Bautista was really close on that first pitch! Lol. And then…
    He freaking destroys the next one..

  8. You gotta love the celebration before the ball had even left the infield lol

  9. That home run was almost sweeter than hearing Tabler say “Perez dropped a duece on him”

  10. wewoowewoo

  11. Seriously. Dont under-estimate the power of the line “Perez dropped a deuce on him”

    Stoked! Fucking stoked!

  12. Now end it here boz.

  13. WELCOME BACK JOEH BATS

  14. I want to win just so swisher can go home and get punched in the face by a penis

  15. NOW the season has started!

  16. Lets finish it here…

  17. man whoever is manning the cameras LEARN TO DO YOUR JOB

  18. Chicken wing finishing move?

  19. Lind is gonna do something shitty

  20. Bautista goes BOOM !!!!

    Jays are back!

  21. That slo mo was awesome

  22. Never change, Adam.

  23. The glue factory for Lind

  24. I dont see Lind on this team come mid may

  25. Ah Lind…I’m sure JPA can…nope…can’t even type it…

  26. THANKS FOR THE HELP LIND!

  27. “That’s gorgeous.”

    Pat needs fresh undergarments.

  28. My comment was before he hit the home run lol

  29. 1 point in the books!


  30. Does this lineup every drop off in a hurry once you get passed Edwin.

  31. I wonder what would have happened if Rogers had hit for himself.

  32. Lind could deflate a monster truck tire

  33. Oh Buck, stop playin’ with us.

  34. Used to love “Stadium Love” by Metric, but it is being ruined for me in a hurry.

  35. What inning do they start the shootout?

  36. Janseen in for the 10th? But this isn’t a save opportunity!?!?!?

    Gibby earns a brownie point.

    • Not really its SOP to have your closer pitch the 9th/extras if your the home team and the scores tied.

      so you can win in the bottom half.

  37. Now that’s what I call dropping a deuce on a guy!

  38. Tabler: Edwin tries to go for the fences until he gets two strikes then he’s a different hitter.
    Buck: Last year EE hit 21 homers with two strikes on him.

    Knocks head against the nearest wall.

  39. How awesome is it that Gibby is willing to bring his closers in in non-save/high leverage situations two nights in a row?

    • well we don’t have a set closer, until Janssen returns to that role, and he didn’t pitch yesterday

      • Santos, the other high leverage bullpen guy, or, you know, the other traditional closer, sure did.

  40. We have to keep Lind for his defence – best defence of any DH in the AL

  41. Really hate swisher

  42. Fuck off Brantley, Don’t even…..

  43. even without the pinstripes I still hate Swisher

  44. Buck said the game was scoreless in the 10th??? Layoff the sauce Buck..

    Love so see Casey in the game.

  45. Fernando Rodney blown save and runner on 3rd with 1 out for the Orioles. T-Bay also teed up Pedro Strop for 3 runs…bizzaro.

  46. Alright. Let’s win it.

  47. Jays are looking a lot sharper now.

  48. don’t put a jacket on Casey – you’ll be back out there in 9 pitches.

  49. The camera just searches for the douche-baggiest of them all.

    • Thank you for writing that… I thought I was just getting old or something, the jerk store looks to be sold out tonight.

  50. Do it derosa!

  51. Derosa was on fire in spring

  52. Matt Joyce walk-off. Jays could be tied with Rays, and O’s if they can pull one off here.

  53. The names Facio, Boney Facio

  54. Rajai to pinch run (move J Bau to 3rd, rajai into outfield if they don’t score — but that’s just me)

  55. Good to see the moving fan cam showing people leaving early. #lovethisteam

  56. at least Bautista will get another chance to hit

  57. so it would be nice to have rajai pinch run here , only we have no body to play 3b if we pull derosa.

  58. Was Buck just talking about the line-up being well balanced that can strike at any time. Is he watching the game or reading the paper?

  59. Get that shit off the bottom of my screen Sportsnet shitty director guy!

  60. Nice eye by Bonifacio there.

  61. That cheerleader is money.

  62. That’s what I’m looking forward to most this year. All the shitty teams bringing their A game to Toronto

  63. Why is Garth Brooks playing third base?

  64. GG

  65. Cebia wanted that low, but that was not low.

    Was gone quickly.

    Fuck!

  66. Santos left it way up

  67. Downer.

  68. Santos is all powa

  69. Man, Reynolds hit a 95 MPH fastball neck high about 450 feet.

  70. I dislike Swisher very much

  71. Play that slo-motion replay of the player on the other team hitting the go-ahead run in extra innings….that doesn’t piss me off at all

  72. Depressing

  73. On The + side, we didn’t lose in the 9th, think of the positives

  74. Word on the street is that Olympus has fallen? Can anyone confirm this?

  75. Bautista you digging yoself a hoole

  76. I realize they aren’t going to go 0-162 this year but I would have thought that they would look a bit more inspired out of the gate

  77. pitching has been good ?

  78. It’s nice to see Grandma in the green dress in her usual seats. her husband died a few years ago. She is next to the the guy with the ‘ A HR gets you a Hug”

    As Stoeten said last year in April “It’s early”.

    the team will get better when lawrie returns.

  79. ah crap lind is up next

  80. man swisher is such a dick

  81. I’m going to take the dog for a walk and try not to think about how much I miss our great farm system

  82. Fuck me in both ears.

  83. Was fun everyone. Have a solid night, will do this again.

    Stay safe, Party on.

  84. gee, one run loss.

  85. Bautista home run….then Lind and Arencibia suck the life out of the place…..fuck them, fuck them both

  86. cya all tomorrow, if I don’t cry the bed too much tonight

  87. Well, season starting out the opposite of last year, so maybe that’s good?

  88. Goin’ to scratch my balls. Night fellas

  89. Well….WTF? This wasn’t in the plan.

  90. Fuck this fucking cocksucking shit. Fuck having to sit through another season of Adam Lind. Fuck that guy so much.

    Yes bro, I mad.

    Didn’t drown my sorrows last night, tonight I am.

  91. Love how if it’s a bad pitch call Zaun blames the pitcher but if it’s a good one then it’s the catcher who did a wonderful job.

  92. We broke 500 comments again though, and that is all that really matters. Good work people.

    • Thx for doing your part and helping out the team,Tom.
      I know you take it one game at a time and are just glad to be up with the big club.
      Today was a tough loss but tomorrow is another game.
      You gave 110% and left it all out there.
      I knew I could count on you.

      • It’s a privilege just being up here and contributing. I’d like to take time to say hi to my boy Ricky down in Florida…..’sup Ricky.

  93. Jays 5 through 9 hitters had a combined OBP of .293 last year. 1 though 4 if one of the best in the league. 5-9 one of the worst and no one seems to mention this fact.

  94. Well 0-2 time to fire Gibbons because he was a bum of a manager before and still is there is a reason why they didn’t make the playoffs when he was manager before he’s a bum fire him and let Cito Gaston manage he’s better he has coached the jays to two World Series wins and how about Gibbons 0. Also Lind and Arencibia need to go they are horrible cant hit or play defense 0-162 here we come woohoo mediocrity yay just exactly what we the fans have had to put up with for 20 years. I mean the Yankees and Red Sox are always good so why can’t the jays be good for once

  95. holy fuck, overeaction guys fuck it’s 2 games, yeah it sucks that they lost the first two but their is 160 games left. some of you guys sound worse than some of the callers that call Wilners show

    • Yeah, but you have to admit their is reason to be concerned about players like lind, arencibia, and rasmus. These players sucked last year and are integral pieces in making this lineup potent. They cant have the top 4 hitters doing damage and the bottom half basically automatic outs. Lawrie should help in this regard a little.

  96. Halladay is just finished. Hate to see him struggle like that.

  97. I came back for a minute after bautista’s home run but now I’m gone for good. Why I subject myself to this over and over is a mystery. Things were supposed to be different this year but now I know it’s just more of the same. I won’t watch another game this year, I won’t visit the site again, and I am OUT for good.

  98. Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it’s time for our viewers to crack each other’s heads open and feast on the goo inside?

  99. Spent the game watching from the new Windows porch. Great view and amazing atmosphere out there. We were getting on Bourn all night, and it really was full of life and real baseball fans. Late in the game some jackass tries to start a Go Leafs Go chant, saying Kadri’s better than us (which we pointed out is true, Kadri certainly is a better hockey player than all of us), and when we told him to shut the fuck up he called security. Leafs guy then got kicked out, but not before challenging my friend to a fight and telling us to suck his dick while security moved him away. So yeah, fun night all around even if the Jays lost. Go watch a game from the porch, it’s fantastic.

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