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The weather in Detroit, like most everything else there (sorry), looks a little fucking bleak for today– and the rest of this week’s trio of afternoon games between the Jays and Tigers, for that matter– but according to the forecast at noon from The Weather Network (for whatever that’s worth), which you can see above, downtown and Comerica look like they’re going to come away unscathed (the image is the 1:20 PM forecast, and the rain stays north of the park from there).

[Note: The animated radar forecast now has downtown Detroit looking rainy until 2 o'clock.]

So… we’re probably going to have baseball today, and we’re definitely going to have Jose Bautista, as the Jays slugger is back in the lineup, at DH, having missed what were apparently the three most important games in the history of the damn universe, with a twisted ankle.

Brandon Morrow takes the hill against Anibal Sanchez, looking to build off a terrific start last Wednesday against the Clevelands, while Sanchez hopes to help his club rebound from the drubbing they took against the Yankees on Sunday, as that afternoon their ace, Justin Verlander, performed as badly as pretty much every ace in the league. (Though, of course, the only poor performance among aces that mattered was R.A. Dickey’s, because it demonstrated clearly that he’s finished, eh asshole????)


Mike Wilner tweets that it’s officially raining at Comerica as of 12:32 PM, and that fans are rushing out of their seats. Forecast still looking OK as far as I can tell, but what am I? A weatherman?

Barry Davis points out that Adam Lind is the odd man out today, with Jose Bautista being limited to DH action. What, no Encarnacion in the outfield experiment this year?

I’d heard last week that Ricky Romero was going to get into a game in Dunedin on Sunday, but it didn’t happen– and apparently wherever that information came from, it was bad. Wilner tells us that John Gibbons spoke to Romero, who says he’s feeling better, though there are no plans to get him into a game yet.

John Lott adds that pitching coach Pete Walker says Romero’s attitude is good and that he’s anxious to get into some game action.

Wilner informs us that Edgar Gonzalez, who was claimed from the Astros over the weekend and added to the roster after Dave Bush was D’d FA following Sunday’s disaster, is with the club and wearing number 35. He’ll be the long man, if needed. (Note: please don’t be needed.)

Davis tells us that the Jays won’t have to worry about Victor Martinez, as the Tigers DH has eight fresh stitches in his thumb– meaning, if you’ll allow me to speculate, we may not see him at all this week. Wilner adds that there are “whispers” of a “metal bat rack issue.”

If you’re looking for a place to drink and watch the game in the west end of downtown Toronto, I’m told Opera Bobs at Dundas and Ossington is open for it.

 sn1logosmallTV: 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

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

Brandon Morrow RHP

Detroit Tigers

CF Austin Jackson (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
3B Miguel Cabrera (R)
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Andy Dirks (L)
C Alex Avila (R)
SS Jhonny Peralta (R)
LF Don Kelly (R)
2B Omar Infante (R)

Anibal Sanchez RHP

Comments (310)

  1. Hope they don’t use this lineup too often. Davis makes a hell of a more useful bench piece then Lind does.

    • No other options with bats at dh. Unless you want EE or Lind in the outfield. Which I think we all agree would not be the best idea. Hopefully bats wheel heals quickly.

  2. Any idea when Lawrie comes back? By putting him at third and Maicer back at second, it sure as hell firms up the infield defense and gets rid of one of the many lineup black holes

  3. My work blocks MLB.com .. Any other recommendations on how I can hear the game on the radio (I live to far away to get it through the traditional method of turning on a radio)

  4. The Detroit Tigers are just the model for the united states as a country.
    Half of them are fat, 5% of the team make all of the money, and less and less of them can speak english every year

  5. I think it’s safe to say at this point that the AA experiment has failed. This team needs major changes and the sooner the better.

  6. I still can’t believe that they Jays got Morrow for Brandon fucking League. That should go down in one of those all time lop sided trades.

  7. “who says he’s feeling better”

    I can’t pretend to be following Romero that closely anymore, but since when is he hurt again?

  8. Fuck you Prince

  9. On the bright side, only 18 pitches for Morrow in the 1st. If I’m not mistaken, it’s the first time one of our starters has thrown less than 20 in the 1st inning this season.

  10. Ouch…. JP robbed.

  11. whoever just made that catch can fuck right off.

  12. #2013season

  13. Thinking of going to game on Thursday but looks like that might not work. I saw a tweet saying the Jays & Tigers have two mutual off-days – anyone know what they are? Too lazy to spend the time to look


    those commercials ruin my day.

  15. lol man.. this just isnt our day it seems… again!

  16. Christ, you don’t need a quadrophonic Blaupunkt! What you need is a curveball! In the show, everyone can hit heat.

  17. oooooooooooooooooh poop, and sports net one can suck a fuck!

  18. For those of you curious, Ricky Romero, has yet to pitch a game in minor league ball.
    I think that is a sign in and of itself. that after 4 games he still isn’t ready to pich.

  19. anyone else get a little bit terrified watch Rajai Davis track a pop fly in the outfield?

  20. anyone know where to listen online?

  21. Nice check swing. Jackass

  22. I always feel sorry for Izturis, he looks sad and lost. And Im talking generally not bezbol related


  24. bonifide

  25. PHEW, i was sure it was gonna be caught


  27. Dominican can!

  28. nice hustle by Reyes going 1st to 3rd there

  29. that boy can run.

  30. This is good running. I likey

  31. Bautista you bum…booooo boooo boooooooooo

  32. Not a bad inning, Bautista gets solid contact every time!

  33. Everyone said before the season, just wait, you’re gonna love Reyes. And everyone was right, everyone were right? Fuck. Reyes da best.

  34. Beuaty throw there. never thought I’d say that.

  35. hell yes, dont EVER test the arm of Rajai Davis!

  36. Sheeeeeeeit, nice throw.

  37. Wow great throw by rajai! Didn’t think I’d be saying that this year…

  38. Nice tag by AARON!!! morrow is getting lit up !!!

  39. nice throw

  40. IS Miguel Cabrera jesus?

  41. should’ve gotten drunk for lunch

  42. Ok I’ve been watching a lot of balls sail over Colby’s head lately and have 2 observations.
    1/ Who is setting the defences? Has Colby always played this shallow?
    2/ Does anyone else think that Colby could possibly be catching these flyballs
    if he wasnt holding up and waiting for the rebound off the wall?

    • If he didn’t catch the Hunter ball it was a triple or worse. He played it correctly.

      • Yeah but thats up to the RF or LF who should be covering. I just think he’s doing it a LOT more lately and some of them look catchable…and safe.

        • Maybe, but he’s also made some good ones. Also I think he was right on that one.

          I trust Colby….in the field at least.

    • he could roll the dice and run into the wall, risk injury, and risk missing a really tough play and turning a double into a triple, if it was a make or break play he might not pull up

  43. As much as it pains me to say this… that was a great play by JP. Forced Hunter around and even though Hunter beat the throw they still nailed him

  44. Colby’s hair looking extra flutffy out there today

  45. 50 pitches….ugh

  46. This Tigers’ lineup is much improved I gotta say.

  47. totally almost thought Ronnie Belliard was the tigers first base coach for a minute.

  48. On a side note, I like the Detroit announcers.

  49. 3 straight balls bounced in wtf MOOROOW

  50. Morrow has lost his head today

  51. This looks hauntingly like 2010/2011 Morrow

  52. 0-2 this is for all the marbles

  53. thank goodness.

  54. If I were the Tigers, I’d actually pitch around JPA coming up here.

  55. Prince fielder runs like children.

  56. Steal steal steal!

  57. Colby Rasmusson …. Nice AB for a Swede.

  58. Jered Weaver to DL for Angels, likely out four weeks (non-throwing elbow fracture)

  59. so many strikeouts…

  60. there is always next inning!

  61. It’s time for wine.

  62. Our Pitchers really need to learn how to pitch 0-2

  63. looks like Morrow aint gonna last the inning at this rate.

  64. This team looks pathetic right now.

  65. Sounds like it’s just one of those days for Morrow. Still, he’s only allowed 2 runs so far. So…yeah!

  66. jesus maaarrroww!!

  67. blah.

  68. fuck my LIFE!

  69. More upset that Morrow is letting my fantasy team down atm

  70. I know Morrow’s sucking, but jeezus fuckin Cabrera…

  71. It is funny because so far this season, our hitters are making the other teams pitchers look like cy young, and our pitchers are making the other batters look like babe ruth.

  72. Brutal sauce.

  73. ………………….. Fucking fucks fuck fuck. Being a blue jays fan it feels very strange to see the middle of the order produce instead of just flying/striking out

  74. Everybody start your rain dances.

  75. Now it will rain and we will lose 5-1 in 5 innings

  76. Bummer. Maybe I should have stayed in bed…

  77. lol did prince just try to get hit by that pitch

  78. The Happster’s our ace so far! Guaranteed win on Thursday I guess.

  79. Can someone explain what Jack Morris’ role is on the broadcast?

    I was thinking with him, there’d be less Wilner……..

  80. course we could do with a few breaks…their balls find the holes and ours hit people… and their high throws somehow get caught…
    Their HR’s go out by a foot and ours get pulled back in…
    I guess it evens out

  81. Can someone tell what happened with Morrow, 2 walks and no strike outs, I’m at work so I can’t watch the game.

  82. steal?

  83. On the bright side the Tigers pen isn’t real good. So we still got a chance here

  84. Ok Melky…lets get some more…good call on the steal!

  85. Dominican Can again can!

  86. JB isnt looking very sharp today

  87. Joey Bats seen 3 pitches today….chilll man chillllllllll

  88. Every time you hit a single that scores a run a kitten or puppy is born. Amen.

  89. Bautista you bum!! Booooo booooo booooooooooo!!

  90. mmmm… I see they have a new celebration in the outfield now when a ball is caught…

  91. on the plus side, i would guess the jays scored the 2 runs so far on plays that wouldn’t be normal type plays in years passed, speed, man, we will get this together, speed, power, pitching, we really do have it all

  92. Do people never call for the ball?

  93. member when cecil wasn’t a sure thing to make the team…..

  94. It’s edwin’s turn to show us he can hit a single!

  95. welcome back outfield miscommunication, old friend

  96. I wonder if Brett Cecil would ever be called back into the rotation if we hit injuries, maybe even before Romero.

  97. This is the JP we all know and or love.

  98. That was not a pretty inning, all of our hits have come from our 9-1-2

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