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ARE YOU READY TO LOSE YOUR MINDS?

I SAID, ARE YOU READY TO LOSE YOUR MINDS!?!??!

Well, just contemplate for a second what Jays fans will be like to deal with if the club loses the series they begin tonight with the Baltimore Orioles. But there’s reason for optimism! J.A. Happ starts tonight for the Jays, and if they manage to pull through behind him tonight, they’ve got two great chances at taking the series, with R.A. Dickey set to go tomorrow night, and Brandon Morrow on Wednesday afternoon.

But OK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. One game at a time and all that. Aaaand the Jays have Emilio Bonifacio in the lineup and playing second base tonight, which is sure to give anyone who saw Prince Fielder legging out infield hits back in Detroit the shivers. But the defence sure feels sturdier now than it has at any point in the season, with Munenori Kawasaki seemingly entrenched at short, Brett Lawrie back at third, and Jose Bautista in right field. Yeah, the sloppy plays are annoying, but at least they’re generally getting to the balls they’re supposed to, right? Mostly.

Fingers crossed!

Scuttlebutt

Shi Davidi tweets that R.A. Dickey will pitch tomorrow, and that his sore neck feels better today than it did on the day before his previous start.

John Lott adds that Dickey missed his bullpen session yesterday, however.

TV: Sportsnet (One/Ontario/Pacific)

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 Muenenori Kawasaki (L)
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 Brett Lawrie (R)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)

J.A. Happ LHP

Baltimore Orioles

RF Nick Markakis (L)
3B Manny Machado (R)
CF Adam Jones (R)
C Matt Wieters (S)
1B Chris Davis (L)
SS J.J. Hardy (R)
DH Steve Pearce (R)
LF Nolan Reimold (R)
2B Alexi Casilla (S)

Chris Tillman RHP

Comments (506)

  1. Tillman, cy young!

  2. Oh look it Edwin 0-2 what might happen here?

  3. Note to jays, please start looking for the get me over first pitch curveball by this guy

  4. You can always count on JPA for a critical defensive mistake.

  5. I’m working, and just following a live boxscore. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say Bautista didn’t like the called third strike. Just a guess though. (He’s got a bit of Vince Carter in him….)

  6. Nice piece of garbage hitting Edwin

  7. Comm’on you impudent piece of snot hit the ball

  8. Keep the bat on the shoulder Lind.

  9. 2 srtrikes again – sit down

  10. Fuckin Lind – pussy

  11. The old one-strike strikeout. This ump is all over the map.

  12. Whose our next pansy

  13. JPA – pretty to watch that one eh

  14. Common pretty boy!

  15. Great hit that – really powerful

  16. please rasmus
    please

  17. I am not feeling positive about this Kobe at bat

  18. Common Colby girl

  19. Rasmus missed a total meat ball right there

  20. Bout fucking time

  21. Colby! Clutch hit!

  22. Razzmatazz yet again.

  23. See what happens when you roll balls in play? sometimes they sneak through!

  24. See if you can score 2 runs ya bunch of pansies

  25. Ugly hit, but we won’t give it back.

  26. CLEATUS! YOU BEAUTIFUL BASTARD!

  27. CLEATUS!!!!!!

  28. colby comes through!!!!

    OK, is this the new Jays plan to come back in every game in late innings???

  29. Fuck yea Colby. Eat shit and die Tillman.

  30. FLOW

  31. “Laurie takes a wide one”

  32. so…. do you ring Happ back in the 8th? It’s been a long half inning

  33. Break it Lawrie! Just break it please!

  34. You’d think this would be important for the Jays. This is where winners step up

  35. Lawrie with the no-swing walk, excellent.

  36. Prances down to first

  37. Emiliooooooo

  38. All very nice but 1 run

  39. so the ump called the same pitch a ball three times and a strike once. same exact spot

  40. C’mon Lawrie, you gotta run full-speed to first base after a walk.

  41. Hit the Freaking ball!

  42. Haha if that was called strike Lawrie kills

  43. not a strike. jeesus.

  44. what the fuck how could he hit that? below his knees outside

  45. Brutal call

  46. Boneface come on!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Should be 3-1 poop

  48. Is it me or are Buck and Tabby just alot more annoying tonight.

    I have a feeling that we are going to hear about Colby’s hit off Boone Logan this whole road trip.

    • They are the 2 most annoying people on television, they have no idea what is going on and have no idea what they are saying.

      • I don’t like it when teams get players on base, as it clogs up the bases. Swing for the fences, and strikeout a lot. Those are the three keys to victory.

  49. Get your gloves girls, don’t get your dresses dirty. Pathetic bunch

  50. Bases loaded! Woooo

    Due up next: Bonifacio and Kawasaki. Shit.

  51. Balls

  52. Well, at least he worked the count..

  53. Someone gif me that ball called strike so i can weep

  54. Fuckin bonerface piece of shit

  55. mmm Cotton Candy

  56. Bonifacio is just missing everything up there. Top of the order in the 8th, things are looking alright.

  57. Robbie Cano..whadda ya’ know.

    PED user

    “wellness clinic” abuser

  58. Jeff Blair is a full on troll and I will never buy his book.

  59. Although I prefer happ vs our relievers, can’t be walking terrible people

  60. You cant blame Happ for pitching carefully to Steve pierce.

    I mean its steve pierce.

  61. Uhhh, shouldn’t Happ be out of this game?

  62. Good job gibbons. Let happ start the 7th. Argh

  63. No pinch hitter for anythingbutBoni? Is Itzuris hurt?

    Man Gibby don’t make the journey back to .500 any more of a challenge than our boys already are.

    • Boneface is better than Izturis, but really they all bad. I guess you could have had Rajai pinch hit but he is a righty

    • Tough call. There’s really no one much better than Bonifacio on the roster in that spot. I would’ve left him in too and hope he can actually do his job at even a half-decent level. I guess not.

  64. Oh right, gotta walk the first guy and THEN you go to the bullpen. You don’t want to make it too easy on them.

  65. Why does the Jays keep making below average pitchers look like Cy Young candidates?

    • I believe I explained that earlier. They are trying to become a charitable organization ahead of April 30th for tax purposes.

  66. Why is Gibbons pulling him? If i were manager, I’d let him try to get the doubleyuh and pitch a complete game. Is it any wonder this team can’t win a game.

  67. http://www.tsn.ca/nba/story/?id=421452 shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiet

  68. Fucking awesome. #LOVETHISBULLPEN

  69. Bonifacio almost blew that tailer made DP

  70. Edwin deserves some love for those stretches at 1st tonight.

  71. Don’t walk the number 9 again……

  72. Edwin’s been great at fist today, some of those throws to first have just been brutal

  73. Mr. Delabar, hats off to you and your bionic arm.

  74. EE looking pretty acrobatic/gymnastic over on 1st. Hope he’s been working on his fitness.

  75. I have a feeling we put up a crooked number this inning. And as i predicted earlier in this thread, it will come down to darren oday vs jose

  76. Wouldn’t mind a piece of that cotton candy

  77. I’ve noticed Kawasaki ninja takes a lot of pitches right down the middle

  78. Is lawrie in love with annoying lind?

  79. Why is everyone booing? that ball was 2 feet outside

  80. Idiots to whoever said Edwin back to third

  81. HIs defense is a given, but Kawasaki does at least one positive thing each game while at the plate, which is more than I can say for alot of these guys.

  82. Kawasaki lead off walk, come on boyyyss let’s bring him home

  83. Why does anyone swing at the shit O’day throws, 75% of his pitches are easily balls. Just fucking lay off.

  84. Is it easier to steal a base off a submariner?

  85. On the plus side if Bautista strikes out, he won`t ground into a DP

    • Lead off walk, our 2-3-4 hitters up to bat and can’t get it done. Doesn’t feel like we are gonna win this game

  86. “Are you saying O’Day or Jose?”

    “I was saying Jose…”

  87. That MLB the show is prety damn realistic. only three dingers for EE

  88. Baltimore was good last year because they won close games, this is a close game, aka. fml

  89. We have a kawasaki

    we have a ninja (AA)

    does that mean the jays are like a motorcycle?

  90. I know eh, I don’t understand why they do a simulation for each game. Like fuck, anything can happen in one game of baseball.

  91. Need Lawrie to get on base next inning and steal 3 bases for the win.

  92. Tabler “day like today stiffens it up”

  93. This gun slow or someting? Delabar is usally 95 plus

  94. Delabar getting squeezed there, after a huge strike zone all day.

  95. When will the Jays pitchers learn that if you throw a strike a lot of the time you will get an out?

  96. Someone call Oscar Goldman. the bionic arm needs an adjustment.

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