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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 (620)

  1. Eat shit Maddon!

  2. Best game ever.

  3. That was one of the most insane games I’ve seen in a long time. I am literally DRENCHED in sweat. And various other bodily fluids.

  4. Great fucking win.

  5. Drop the ropes, lower the ladders.

    Climb aboard.

  6. Wow…. What a game!?!

  7. Sweep!

  8. Yeah…I’m feeling better about the season now. That win was HUGE!!!

  9. Fuck, nice win. Making it hard to hate the shit out of JPA but Im sure I’ll see him catch again

  10. Wooooohoooooo!!! Suh-weeeeeeeet!!!

  11. is spring training over yet?

    wooooooooooooffffff!

  12. I still think JPA is a shit hitter. Hey, a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. But solid win for the team, likely the best one of the year. They still got a loooooonnngg way back to respectability. 10 Games back of the massholes in the loss column. Jesus fucking christ.

    • Attaboy. Stay positive. Go cheer for the Yankees ya fucking pessimist.

      • Just realistic, bud. I dont let these kinds of wins fool me into thinking this team is making a comeback. Ive been heartbroken many times by this team before.

    • he is not a shit hitter as far as catchers are concerned. problem is he is not a very good catcher.

      • He is a shit hitter in general. You just need to look at his obp. That speaks for itself. Other catchers are far more effective at getting on base but have less power. Thats what this team needs more of. More obp.

    • Chippin’ away…Little by little…Day by day.

      This was a “toughen up” win both for the boys and the fans. There’s no such thing as momentum in baseball though. Gotta start all over again tomorrow.

    • His defense is lacking.

      As far as a “good” hitter… meh. Last year he sported an 89wRC+ and .304wOBA. Hardly lighting the world on fire.

      He is what he is… someone who is never going to walk, provides lacklustre defense, but sports 25+ HR power.

      • Pretty much. JPA isn’t much of a player but he’ll give you the odd HR. Hopefully they come in big moments like today.

        It would be easier to take if he wasn’t backed up by a shitbag like Blanco. Being able to pinch-hit for JPA against tough righties would be a nice option to have.

  13. Game of the year!

  14. Nice to feel all warm and fuzzy again!

  15. I just puked.

  16. Huge win.

    Awesome that Tampa had to use so much of their bullpen.

    Can we fucking dump Blanco already? That joke is not funny anymore.

    • +1

      Been saying this for weeks. He provides absolutely nothing to the team. Thole is a major league catcher, one who might actually get on base once in awhile too.

  17. How great was that? They gave up 7 runs in 1 inning and didn’t roll over and die!

  18. “Suzanne sucks pussy!” just gave up a tying home run in Boston.

  19. I would like to see tomorrow’s morning after graph with actual quotes from the comment section.

    Man that was an awesome win.

    FUCK YEAH.

  20. Casey is grand

    • You’re having some fun now, aren’t you Dabble.
      Thanks for the positive vibes and comments lately.
      Much appreciated.
      See you tomorrow.

  21. Wow.

  22. Check on the score around the 4th inning, see its 7-0, go “Oh, god, not again” and go back to work. Go to see how the game ended and the Jays are up by in the 9th. Holy Shiiiiiit! Go to the live stream and watch Jaannsseenn lock down the 9th.

    • Unfortunately you missed a great fucking ride…But you stayed with it as much as you could, so good on ya.

      • I still remember sitting in the car listening to that comeback against KC quite a few years back maybe 10 ago? It’s an amazing feeling whether you are playing or just following when you are so invested in the team.

        • I remembered that game, too, from 2003. I did some digging. Jays were 9-16 before that game, and 77-60 after it. Not enough for a playoff run, but a reminder of what can happen.

  23. Well. If THAT isn’t going to be a turnaround game, then nothing is.

  24. By the way, Hanrahan’s era right now is 9.82.

    • That was my score from the Russian judge, if he wasn’t on the take I would have won the Gold in Vancouver.

    • Farrell’s Cordero. There is one in every team.

      • Good one! Bailey has already reach last year’s appearances and is being held out. Could it be the Farrell factor. Can’t wait to see what happens with that staff. No glisten on Clay’s arm tonight… and he gave up 4 runs.

  25. @Famous Amazing

    Never get out of the boat. Fuck yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  26. IM just waking up from a dream about the jays coming back from a 7-0 deficit… this is 2013 right?
    if they can come back from 7-0 can they overcome this terrible start and make the playoffs?

    • @Bruce.

      The jays made a very impessive comeback in a place where they usually fail.

      Jays record at the Trop since end of 2007 10-35, now 11-35.

      it is an amazing comeback.

      Mark DFA Derosa comes through with another 2 run HR to the RF porch which is opposite field for him.

      I found it fascinating that Gibby started Blanco which was shocking & JPA becomes the pinch hit Hero along with Derosa.

      Is Gibby going to bench Butista & play Davis & then let Bautista pinch hit in the 7th inning?

      Baseball is a funny sport.

      • I can’t believe you call yourself a fan. And after Bautista pinch hits, being taken out of the the game, we’ll let Mottola hit, cause fuck the 25 man roster… and the rules… he was a BLUE CHIP prospect…. 15 years ago… get a grip, man.

  27. Two in a row!

  28. JP believes in God.
    We’re fucked.

  29. I remember Junior Felix hitting an inside the park grand slam against the Red Sox to come back from a 10 run deficit. If that shit is possible and in todays game the Jays can come back from down 0-7 then I think a wild card is still a possibility.

    • Breathe….

      Walk before you run Smasher…..

      Ok, I think winning this series is a very plausible possibility.

    • Junior Felix’s inside the park home run was two days before the 10 run come from behind game. Junior hit a home run that game, as well, but it was not the same one.

  30. What nobody said “fire Gibby”?

    Although the vote for player of the game for the Jays was Yunel Escobar.

    • Fair’s fair, I say.

      • I have absolutely NOTHING against winning that way. We all know up til now how the breaks have gone.

        • Amen. The baseball gods showed some guilt of how unfair they have been to us early in the season. Lets just hope they feel fit to give us the benefit of the doubt here on out.

    • @RADAR.

      The key to JPA’s success is he shows up early for BP & eats cotton candy.

      JPA has a history of clutch HR’s

  31. What a rollercoaster. From despair to hope to frustration to elation. It’s just one game, but damn that felt good.

    Colby fucked up pretty bad in the 9th, but he hit a big homer to get the Jays back in the game right after Buerhle’s turd inning.

    Aaron Cibia WPA: 76.5%

  32. It seems Bostons pen is taking a shit kicking lately they have Dempster in there warming up right now.

    • I truly believe the Jays will be chasing a few teams down for the wild card until the final days but I think the Sox will not be one of them. They are playing way above their heads.
      No way the 40 year old Ortiz keeps this up, or Buchlube can keep up his season.

      • Ortiz has bee injured often in the last few years. Wouldn’t surprise me if/when he goes down again.

      • Watch it with that, Smasher. The exact same thing was said about Tampa a few years ago and Baltimore last year. Don’t tempt the Gods of Baseball.

  33. Contented sigh.

  34. Well, I watched the game until Buehrle lobbed that meatball that got dinged for the grand slam…turned it right off, but checked the game nonetheless from the safe confines of the Internet. And lo and behold, the Jays mount an improbable comeback. This isn’t the first time it’s happened, maybe I got somehow jinxed and find myself turning slowly into that OCD guy from Silver Linings, Jesus. Anyways, should check out that Boston game they’ve got going there.

  35. OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it’s called “two in a row”. And if we win again tomorrow, it’s called a “winning streak”… It has happened before!

    Brilliant.

  36. just keep scoring 8 runs a game and we are golden.

  37. So i gave up and went to go play some dodgeball. (Real thing, so fucking fun)

    And I come back to see that Abraham Cibia fucking Rays’d the Rays? Andy and Drew (Andryrew, hilarious) should shit all over him in the podcast every day!

    • Did you beat Globo Gym?

      • I play for a team called the Slingin’ Sea Men and we beat a team called the Incrediballs. This is rookie shit. Globo Gym is the bigtime.

        • Fuck, that sounds so ridiculous that it’s probably awesome.
          And undoubtedly Dodgeball would have the best innuendo teams names.
          Why doesn’t ESPN “The Ocho” cover this shit?

  38. I dont’ know if i can watch any more games.
    When games on may 6th feel like must win and your tearing your hair out over the jays not getting to the shit baller that was hellickson and screaming at the umps zone in the 2nd it’s tough on the ticker

    • I’ll send you a bottle of my nitro spray.

      Besides “don’t get out of the boat”

    • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
      Just ask RADAR.
      He’s come back from beyond the pale many times (and yes, I did mean Oshawa.)

      • The north end of the “Shwa”is rather nice. Even downtown is better since they closed down the Coffee Time.
        Just ask karen.

      • Hey you leave the Shwa alone. I mean… at least we’re not a bunch of Scarborough-touchers like Pickering.

        And don’t you ever refer to it as “coffee time”. That was Crack Time and you damn well know it.

        Timely Hitting – Sometimes I show up for the Jays ™

        Oshawa – “Prepare to be amazed”

  39. for the last time stay in the boat. please.

  40. I think we need to see a morning .gif of JP giving Lawrie the death stare for banging his lid after homerun.

    Great fucking game…so many quality at bats.

  41. And if Boston lose (please please please) they will have lost four in a row.

  42. Imagine the Rays played this game under protest (the KJ “single”), it was reviewed, the Rays win the protest and are given the game on the basis of Fuck Toronto. I wish these thoughts didn’t enter my head but goddamn this year so far…

  43. Damn! Boston walks off.

  44. Dammit they won. But their pen must be fried.

  45. I hope the whole Boston bullpen (and their manager) dies of gonorrhea and rots in hell!

    I have to admit I started cringing after Joey Bats ran home when he obviously should have stay put, “Here we go again…” rolled through my cranium but damn was it nice to get all the way back, take the lead and have Casey lock it down.

  46. Raise your hand if you thought they had a chance after the longo granny?

    anyone who raised there hand.

    YOU FUCKING LIAR.

    • I’d like to raise my hand but one’s on my rum and the other is on my Kelly Johnson.

    • Send Buehrle to fucking Dunedin.

    • *hand raised
      Hellickson looked like ass.

    • I may not have sensed much of a chance, but I didn’t stop watching because baseball’s a funny game and you just never know.

      It’s looks like there’s a motto emerging for this season: “Never get out of the boat”. I’m also partial to Joanna’s (from Hum and Chuck) “Toughen up” because baseball can be agonizing with all its twists and turns, but if you hang in there, sometimes the impossible happens.

  47. Spud, you ever get to the bottom of June-Gate?

    • Nice choice of words, Smasher.

      The short answer is ‘no’, or perhaps ‘not yet.’
      I’ve never been stalked before.
      I’ve been leaving trails of birdseed everywhere I go, but no luck as yet.
      True love travels on a gravel road.

  48. god damn it’s nice to have a reason to watch the game on mlb.tv when i get home from an afternoon shift.

  49. probably been said already but, if making JP mad gets him to actually play better than Gibby needs to do whatever it takes to piss him off every day.

  50. Nice to see a win like that. It wouldn have been nicer if Buerhle didn’t suck in the first place, but a nice win nonetheless.

  51. My rule of thumb has always been, ‘if they’re within ten or so games (behind the leader) rounding into the end of August, there’s still plenty reason to watch’.

    There must’ve been a season that a team I was watching came back from around then and there to the playoffs. Don’t remember the Jays or the Spos doing that (though they might’ve …?), could’ve been the Mets or someone else, doesn’t matter that much. Knowing it can be done is always enough for me.

    It’s May 7 and we’re only back nine and a half.

    The season’s just getting started.

    • 10 back at end of August is too much.
      A realistic goal is to be 500 at the all star break.

      how could you make up 10 games in 1 month? you would have to go on an unbelievable run and the team in front would have to have a collapse of monumental proportions , not only the leading team but the second and third place teams would have to fail as well.

      • Don’t forget 4th

      • The point simply is, if it can be done – and it can – and it has happened — and it has — come mid/end of August and ten or so games back, *I* still have reason to keep an eye on things. For my money, right then, there’s still plenty reason to watch. Cuz baseball’s a funny game and you just never know. No matter how much you might think you do.

        • Well there is a chance i will win the lottery too because some people have, but its not like i will be watching the draw on Saturday night because there is a chance I will win.

          If you like baseball and enjoy watching the game in August when they are 10 back thats great. But dont watch at end of August if they are 10 games back because you think they have a shot at playoffs because you would be wasting your time.

          • Well, that’s how I watch and win-or-lose, it’s never felt like a waste of time to me. Having seen some good runs a few times in different sports, and a couple or so incredibly unlikely stretches ending in championships or close to it, I think I’ll let my ‘cut-off moment’ stay further down the road than yours might be.

            That aside, the point (simply, once again) was, today, it’s May 7th. And while we’re nine and a half back, there’s a whole lot of baseball yet to play. Hope we all enjoy it. Cheers.

  52. good to see Hellickson at about 90 pitches in the 4th.

  53. Loved the homer by Arencibia, but why does he need to be a little bitch all the time?

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