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The Blue Jays could go a long way towards actually inching their way up the standings with some good play this week in Tampa, as they begin a four game set that… ahh, who am I kidding, you’re totally watching the Leafs right now, aren’t you?

And you know what? With the way Mark Buehrle has been going– and this whole team has been going– I can’t say I entirely blame you.

Scuttlebutt

No J.P. Arencibia in the lineup tonight, and according to various tweetings, it’s because John Gibbons made the call to go with Henry Blanco himself, just to see if that helps Buehrle get going. No input from the pitcher, Gibbons says, and you almost want to believe him. Almost.

“Asked Arencibia if he was hurt or nursing anything,” tweeted Brendan Kennedy. “‘Ask Gibby,’ he said.”

Barry Davis adds that Gibbons said Arencibia wasn’t happy about being told he was sitting, and that he doesn’t expect him to be. Maybe JPA can smell Josh Thole getting closer to a promotion.

Shi Davidi tweets that the MRI on Josh Johnson came back clean, that he’ll resume throwing on Thursday and is expected to need a couple of rehab starts to build up to the point where he can go seven innings. So… there’s that.

Kennedy says that he asked Melky Cabrera about what John Gibbons had been calling his “sore legs,” and Melky tells him his left hamstring had been tight, but it feels fine now. He adds that Melky doesn’t believe the issue is related to the Rogers Centre turf.

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 theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

3B Brett Lawrie (R)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
C Henry Blanco (R)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

Mark Buehrle LHP

Tampa Bay Rays

CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Kelly Johnson (L)
2B Ryan Roberts (R)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
SS Sean Rodriguez (R)
DH Luke Scott (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
RF Sam Fuld (R)

Jeremy Hellickson RHP

Comments (621)

  1. Jose should have hit the shit out of that 3-1 pitch. I’m not watching the game….where did it go?

  2. Oliver getting “too old for this shit”

  3. I begged for AA to trade Buehrle for Morales. I BEGGED HIM.

  4. Are they built for speed or are they built for comfort?
    What did you do with them?
    Did you play the motorboat? You did.
    You motorboatin sonofabitch, you old sailor you.

  5. Cletus bomb. Book it.

  6. LOL how was that A STRIKE!?

  7. This ump is a complete cunt.

  8. Strike my ass!

  9. That fucker hasnt been as consistant as they keep saying

    • I know. You can tell they watch the game from their perch (depending on the park) because they never seem to see what is clear from the broadcast. Rays got the calls, and somehow the Jays still won. Awesome game.

  10. How on earth is that a strike? Robots plz

  11. that is the 4th blown walk call of the game by the ump (even though this one turned into a walk)

  12. That fourth pitch was bullshit.

  13. Surprised that wasn’t strike three.

  14. FUCK YOU UMP

    And fix your hat RODNEY

  15. Surprised that wasn’t strike 3.

  16. Jose Molina and his pitch framing skills strike again.

  17. Kitten face purring his ass to onebag

  18. This is where Emilio gets thrown out and I the last person defending him stops…

  19. HOLY SHIT

  20. lol watch him not score now (I will be pissed)

  21. YESCOBAR!

    Now a nice sac fly Cletus!

  22. Rodney looks like he would wear a gigantic clock if they let him.

  23. Sac fly, come on.

  24. I swear Rasmus closes his eyes when he swings, that pitch was off pitch tracker

  25. Fuck Cletus, that was two feet outside!

  26. Bad swing by Rasmus but knowing this ump, it could have been a pitch in the dirt and it would’ve been called a strike.

  27. Mr. I Swing at Everything!

  28. Are you fucking kidding me Rasmus???

  29. I NEED AN ADULT

  30. Molina is fucking up on some of these strikes

  31. Does Rasmus decide, “I’m going to just close my eyes and swing?”

    Fuckin’ brutal.

  32. Molina has clanged two strikes. That’s the Benji I remember.

  33. Perfect Izturis. This team will do nothing but crush all our souls, it seems.

  34. They do their very best to hand us back this game, and we can’t accept a gift from an ex-Jay.

  35. This is a tough loss to swallow, but hey it was 10x more exciting and 10x more hitting than your average Jays game.

  36. Runner on third… 0 out. Can’t cash that runner in… impossible.

  37. JPA
    bat far away
    here comes the k
    no more game to play.

  38. the other team can’t even give us a win….

  39. Here comes the k….

  40. JPA!!!!

  41. FUCK YEEEEAAHHHHHHH!

  42. HOLY FUCK!!!

  43. WHAT THE MOTHERFUCKING FUCK?!!??!

  44. Holy fuckballs!

  45. Can NOT FUCKIN believe it!

  46. Sweet Jesus!!!

  47. FUCK YES!! UP YOURS FLAVA FLAV!

  48. WOW!!!!

  49. Thank you based ESCOBAR!

  50. JP YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  51. WHAT IS THIS FEELING I DON’T EVEN OH MY JESUS

  52. Oh thank the gods!

  53. Holy Shitballs!!!!!

  54. JP will be with us for the next decade now.

  55. Jays Player of the Game: Yunel Escobar

  56. FUCK YES!

  57. WOW

  58. OMG JPA

  59. JPPPP!!! Gonna win 2 in a row!!!!!!

  60. someone get casey up!!

  61. C’YEAAAAAAH

  62. Get loose Casey!!!!!!

  63. Bring in JANSSEN!

  64. I had a big Jays insult half typed…… backspace…..backspace….backspace

  65. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  66. And now I get why all the ladies are wet for JPA

  67. TB bullpen is burnt. Rodney is almost at 40 pitches. Rest of the series might look good.

  68. JPA to Buehrle: “You’re welcome, motherfucker.”

  69. All righty, It’s time to deplete this bullpen.

  70. Absurdity

  71. And to think I had my finger on the remote control.

  72. Wow! Can’t believe I actually watched that shit at ACC instead of a 8 run comeback tonight.

  73. THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL A TURNING POINT IN A MOTHERFUCKING BASEBALL SEASON.

  74. Oh my God they actually took the lead! I’ve been keeping an eye on the game via MLB play by play because I didn’t want to jinx it by watching.

  75. wow. Just fucking wow.

    If we can hold this off……huge on so many levels.

    1) starts a winning streak
    2) Gives us a great chance to win the series.
    3) Huge emotional comeback win
    4) Exorcising some Tropicana demons in a huge way
    5) Really dug into TB bullpen, including making their close throw 38 pitches.

  76. I havent looked but I absolutely KNOW for a fucking FACT that Longoria is due up in the bottom of the inning.

  77. 6th pitcher in already, bodes well for the series.

  78. Say what you say about JP, he follows the line of clutch blue jay catchers. I remember in the 80′s, my mom use to take me to Jays games for my birthday, and almost every year Ernie Whitt would hit a home run… with the game on the line. Jp is clutch. Big homerun.

  79. Here we go….

    Lets shut er down, Jansen.

  80. come’on casey.. 8/8

  81. JPA got pissed at Lawrie for smacking him on the helmet so hard.

  82. I’m gonna puke.

  83. Casey time! I said knock on wood baseball gods.

  84. no bluejays talk? wtf.. there’s finally something to talk about…

  85. Best. Game. Of. The. Year!

    what a comeback!

  86. I was looking at Lawrie’s comparisons on baseball-reference and noticed “Joe Inglett” on the list.
    But then I noticed Scott Rolen at the top (through age 22).
    Thank goodness.

  87. The strike zone is certainly helping.

  88. Nice painting!

  89. piece of cake Casey!!

  90. holy jesus fuk longoria’s giving me heartattack..

  91. YES SIR!!!!!!!

  92. YES!

    Fuck you Rays magics!

  93. Epic fucking win

  94. Casey is a fucking monster

  95. HOLY FUK… this feels real nice

  96. Well done Casey. Go Jays.

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