The Jays and the Tigers look like they might actually be able to play baseball today, which, of course, is terrible news, because the Jays are an awful, horrible baseball team and we might have to suffer through hour upon rain-delayed hour of it.

In other news, people are idiots.

Mark Buehrle takes the hill for the Jays today, facing Rick Porcello. Buehrle kept coughing up leads in his last time out– though, in a weird way, I didn’t think he looked that terrible doing it– and the Jays managed to pick up their first win of the season, 10-8 over Cleveland. Here’s hoping he can help bring about a win again today, though maybe not in the same fashion. Not because the Jays need it– they’ll be fine– but because fans need to fucking relax and stop listening to commentators filling air with invented nonsense about momentum and chemistry. There’s talent on this team. Sooner or later it’s going to line up where the pitching and hitting are actually working well at the same time. Cliche alert: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. And if the heavily right-handed Tigers beat up on Buehrle today, don’t take it as some kind of further harbinger of doom, for fuck sakes.

Weather Watch

John Lott tweets that, as of 12:40 PM ET, it’s raining, and the start of today’s game has been pushed back until at least 1:30. I’ll add weather updates as they happen here in this space.

UPDATE (2:07 PM): Shi Davidi tweets that the revised hope is that they’ll start at 3 PM. They really want to get this one in.

Also, for those who have missed it, the Jays have claimed right-hitting outfielder Casper Wells from the Mariners– perhaps ending the insufferable eight-man bullpen– per Peter Gammons. Dave Cameron likens him to a free Cody Ross. Sure, we’ll take it.

UPDATE: (3:02 PM): The tarp is off the field, and Wilner says on the radio that first pitch is now scheduled for 3:35 PM.


Shi Davidi tweets that in his game report from yesterday he included potential make-up date scenarios for today’s and tomorrow’s games, as the weather is expected to worsen as the week goes on.

Lott tells us that Alex Anthopoulos says that Brett Lawrie might be ready for the April 19-21 series against the Yankees, or the following one against Baltimore. None too soon.

Barry Davis says he spoke to R.A. Dickey regarding his cracked fingernail (which A.A. noted last night on the radio), and the pitcher tells him it’s not a worry and has happened many times.

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 all of this week’s action.

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

Mark Buehrle LHP

Detroit Tigers

CF Austin Jackson (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
3B Miguel Cabrera (R)
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Victor Martinez (R)
LF Matt Tuiasosopo (R)
SS Jhonny Peralta (R)
C Alex Avila (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)

Rick Porcello RHP

Comments (606)

  1. first good inning of the season! I can’t wait for more of these

  2. Hay!….you fellers jes watch….i feel a dinger comin on…..

  3. Shut up Buck. There’s no such thing as a productive out when you only get 27 of them.

  4. Was that DeRosa indifference?

  5. yaye gibby, love you

  6. Small ball????

  7. just dont K Colby

  8. Beauty slide by Derosa


  10. C’mon Cletus!

  11. Lawrie had those. I did that correctly.

  12. Lets see one of your Alabamaslams Cletus

  13. pretty well just make contact

  14. ooooooooh cletus

  15. unfortunately now, if the jays lose this game “pundits” will say that the bullpen is the problem to the slow start


  17. its ok, still only the 6th, at least they are back in it

  18. take 2 balls let boney hit!

  19. Time for redemption Bonifacio.

  20. CLAP CLAP clap clap clap clap clap.

  21. if there ever was a time to make up for some tremendously shitty defense at 2B….

  22. Darwin Down’s ERA could still go down this inning

  23. Yankees and Redsox are better than the Jays the Jays suck

  24. Lets go, Estevez

  25. I like the anti-gibber in Leyland. Brings in a lefty specialist to pitch mostly to right handers.

  26. Have the jays laid down a clean bunt this season? I’ve seen plenty of attempts

  27. fuck off bone face.

  28. Fuck you Boner Face.

  29. haha wtf was that. at least strike out on a good pitch

  30. Blue “K”s

  31. more like BonFiasco

    boom, roasted!

  32. nice move bonehead.

  33. fuck that was an important run left on base

  34. Bonifacio has to be the one who goes down when/if Lawrie returns. I hope he has options.

  35. 3 runs in an inning without a HR, lets hope this is the start of something good, 8 hitters in this inning guys, can’t complain about that.

  36. Shit. But isn’t that what KJ would have done anyway?

  37. I love the sound of “LOOOOUUUP” at an away game.

    • I actually like the sound at any game, because the kid’s been pretty consistently solid. And now I knock on wood.

  38. i like loup and everything, but the top of this order murders LHP, why gibby? but i still heart you

  39. Damn we never get those bang bang plays

  40. Is Gibby the father of Kimmy Gibbler? Cause that would be awesome.

  41. Boneface comes through again!

  42. That looked like a pop-up the crowd got me scared

  43. how many parks is that a two run shot?

  44. Walks are bad. no need for walks. Throw strikes. Please


  46. Bone is waaaay too deep on this wet infield. Terrible defense on his part.

  47. That is the 2nd ground out Fields has beat out!

  48. Wow! Prince legs one out.

  49. Bonifacio is worse than Lind in some spots

  50. Can Bonifacio do anything good intentionally?

  51. That could be the ball game if we cant get the out here

  52. Boner-face-io is playing some terrible second base,

  53. boni will never ever ever ever ever win a gold glove, ever ever ever, maybe he can play first base if lind shits the bed put ee at DH

  54. with the way things are going frank thomas is going to come in as a pinch runner and steal home

  55. Fielder infield single to second!? WTF.

  56. How high is Bonifacio? Like, fucks sake he looks bombed out there

  57. Need a new second baseman! Lawries return can’t come soon enough so we can at least get izturis back there

  58. Prince Fielder gives it a hundred miles an hour every time.

  59. It’s rare to see someone with an arm so poor that its a liability even at second base but Bonifacio has managed it. I assume when he plays outfield he has to roll the ball back in.

  60. My god our pitchers can’t throw strikes today

  61. Is Chuck Knoblauch available?

  62. jesus scaring me

  63. yunel + reyes at 2b would be a pretty damn good looking infield right now.

  64. thank fuck for fly balls

  65. Yup just about pooped my pants after that one…drink

  66. I don’t know why everyone is so hard on Wilner, I think he’s a pretty damn solid radio personality.

    • Wilner, stop posting between innings under a fake name, we all know its u

    • Wilner’s much, much better than he was.
      And his job just got a lot harder.
      His previous rep still hangs over him so the change is slow to take effect.
      His play by play has improved but still needs work.

  67. We need to hire Chuck Swirsky for the tv broadcast.

  68. Joey bats time pleeeeeeeese!

  69. Melkman is working those hard liners nicely.

  70. Reyes and Melky doing their thang this season, time for the rest do it now

  71. I think we need some younger broadcasters, I would take zaun if only for the lulz

  72. 33 ERA lets do this!

  73. Hey on the bright side the tigers have no closer

    that could be a bright side

    i guess

  74. I am getting hungry for chicken wings!

  75. As long as we stay out of the double play I am happy

  76. ah crap Derosa is up next

  77. Please!

  78. Bases loaded 1 out for derosa!

  79. ohhhh hhh hhhhhhhhhhhhh im scared and talking to myself

  80. Man, would it ever be a huge lift if we could come back and win this one. You gotta feel like it would act as a springboard for

  81. Id take the walk!

  82. oh crap full count!

  83. Every once in a while, doing nothing pays off.


  85. LOL at walking DeRosa even though he was about 20 minutes behind the fastball

  86. i love

  87. Sweet!



  90. JP: I love you!

  91. That J.P. He’s so hot right now.

  92. Fucking awesome JP. Fuck yeah.


  94. Aaron Cibia for MV fucking P!!!

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