The Jays got a big win last night to stop the streaking Red Sox, and as much as I chose the image above for this post specifically to revel in it for just that little bit longer, all those good feelings don’t stand much of a chance of lasting through the night if the Jays revert back to their turd-laying ways– especially with a Leafs playoff game (note: weird thing to write) taking place at the same time, ready to overshadow… everything.
And perhaps the Leafs game will make tonight’s Rogers Centre crowd virtually nonexistent. I’ll be there, so… that’s at least one person.
Let’s just hope the good Mark Buehrle shows up, too. Or, y’know, enough defence behind him to get his strand rate back up 10% to something closer to his career mark.
Should be an adventure! But… let’s hope it isn’t. In a good way for once, for fuck sakes.
John Lott informs us that Jays management have discussed the possibility of promoting Ricky Romero, if a starter needs to go on the DL. However, he adds, they’d like Ricky to make at least one more start in the minors.
Romero starts in Dunedin tomorrow, according to a tweet from Mike Wilner.
Not sure Ricky will need to be rushed, as Shi Davidi tweets that R.A. Dickey’s MRI came back clean, with the exception of some inflammation in his wonky back/neck. He’ll start Saturday.
Barry Davis adds that he spoke to Josh Johnson today, who says his arm is much better than it was when the club determined he needed to miss a start over the weekend, and that he expects to start against the Mariners on Friday.
Davis also tells us that, while reports earlier about the Dome being open were accurate, they were simply testing it, in anticipation of having it available to be open later in the week. It will not be open tonight, both because it hasn’t been fully tested yet, and because the club expects it to get colder.
Reporting from the field earlier today, Lott tweeted that “For some reason, Luis Rivera is working with Kawasaki, Izturis and Bonifacio on turning double plays.” *COUGH*
Speaking of coaching stuff, Wilner tweets a picture of John Gibbons on the mound, helping Melky, Adam Lind and Kawasaki take some extra batting practice. Davidi adds that Gibbons says he sees some balances issues with Melky.
Wilner tells us that the Jays say that they have now abandoned the idea of moving Brett Lawrie to second base and Jose Bautista to third. No official word, but I suspect Jose’s back flaring up not long after making the switch probably had something to do with that.
Chris Toman tweets that there’s proof that Jarrod Saltalamacchia did indeed hit the umpire’s mask on his errant snap throw to first last night. The Jays caught an umpire-influenced break, believe it or not.
Lastly, just because it’s still kinda too awesome, why not mute the audio on your TV tonight, and call the game yourself using Scott Johnson’s amazing Buck Martinez Soundboard!
Toronto Blue Jays
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
DH Melky Cabrera (S)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)
Mark Buehrle LHP
Boston Red Sox
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
LF Jonny Gomes (R)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
RF Daniel Nava (S)
3B Will Middlebrooks (R)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
C David Ross (R)
Clay Buchholz RHP