Tampa Bay Rays v Kansas City Royals

Stick to your day job, buying old storage units at fake TV auctions, Barry.

The Jays are one win away from guaranteeing at least a draw in this series in Tampa, which in previous years was practically an impossibility. This year, at this point, it’s pretty much a necessity. At the very least.

Hey, small victories, y’know?

Oh! And how about Joe Maddon, failing to sufficiently to inspire his team to be better so far this year? He’s not threading the fucking decisions-needle on the first try every night, and has generally just not been pushing the right buttons, en route to a dismal 14-17 start that could be made even worse tonight at the hands of the red hot *COUGH* Toronto Blue Jays (or… y’know… mostly his starter, Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez.)

That worthless lump, Maddon, should probably totally be fired, eh? Or… I dunno, maybe they can be nice and find a way to just reassign him.

Scuttlebutt

Sergio Santos, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison and Luis Perez came up from Dunedin to visit the Jays in St. Pete today, and Shi Davidi notes that Santos says that he’ll be pitching in an extended Spring Training game on Thursday. He still feels the triceps issue, apparently, but says that he’s strong enough to pitch.

“”We’re going to find out one way or the other,” Santos says, according to John Lott. “I don’t want to waste any more time. I want to get healthy. We’re going to push it.”

Barry Davis tweets that Kyle Drabek has dropped 30 pounds, and says that his arm feels great. Drabek expects to throw BP in the next two weeks, Davis adds.

Gregor Chisholm tells us that both Drabek and Drew Hutchison are on similar schedules, and hoping to get into extended Spring games in about three weeks.

Meanwhile, Brendan Kennedy says that Luis Perez, who had his Tommy John surgery after Kyle Drabek (though I don’t think it was after Drew Hutchison, despite what the tweet says), and yet is ahead of both of them.

Dustin McGowan is yet another Blue Jays pitcher who is working with the shoulder-strengthening weighted ball program that Steve Delabar is noted for using, says Gregor. John Lott adds that McGowan expects to start a rehab assignment with Dunedin next week, and that the heavy ball program has really helped McGowan’s next-day recovery.

“Rasmus says he lost KJ’s fly ball among the catwalks last night,” according to a tweet from Mike Wilner. “No clue where it was even before he ran back to the track.”

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)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

J.A. Happ LHP

Tampa Bay Rays

CF Desmond Jennings (R)
2B Ryan Roberts (R)
RF Ben Zobrist (S)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
DH Luke Scott (L)
LF Sean Rodriguez (R)
1B James Loney (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)

Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez RHP

Comments (412)

  1. Jansenn’s strikezone is so wide, i love the way he cuts his fastballs both ways to get at the umps.

  2. That didn’t look way off the plate

  3. Umps be loving Janssen

  4. Janssen painting the corners and then some

  5. Casey raping this strikezone

  6. I was really hoping for a strikeout

  7. That’s the nipples.

  8. IT’S SECURED!!!!!!!!!!11

  9. I DO MOT FUCKING BELIEVE THIS!!!
    IT MUST BE BIZZARO WORLD!!

  10. Very satisfying.
    Just what the doctor ordered.
    So very good.

  11. Kelly Johnson and Escobar to be put down in the 9th, love it…cue the comeback for the jays! And nice to win it for happ…hope he’s ok, peace out kids!

  12. Thats three. Now to make it four.

  13. Umps love if you work fast and throw strikes. You be gettin calls like that.

  14. Nice come from behind.

  15. Nice win! 3 in a row! “Join us tomorrow for Matt Moore vs Ricky Romero” (pulls collar)

  16. Wooohooo!

  17. WE GOT A WINNING STREAK PEOPLE!

  18. Book it, Dano

  19. Fuck boys! We be Rollin’.

  20. Delabars got more wins than any starter on our team

  21. Jays one win away from doing something they haven’t done in 67 years, winning a series in Tampa Bay.

  22. What a perfect start to the series.

    With Moore and Price going the last 2 games, you hope the Jays can steal one of those games and take 3 outta 4.

  23. Everything is starting to work together. Bullpen gets the MVP, but so does the offence as well.

    • They’ve faced 3 scrub pitchers in a row, let’s not get ahead of ourselves

      • Let’s stop and smell the roses.

      • Scoring 10 runs against the Astros would still be impressive. 7-run comeback, enough said. And today, down 3 runs with the starter exiting in the 2nd with a horrendous injury? The bullpen throws 7 shutout innings and the Jays come up with huge hits up and down the lineup, plating 5 runs in the last 3 innings.

        The baseball season is a long slog, you need to enjoy yourself now and then.

      • Hellickson is NOT anywhere close to a scrub troll

        • Not trolling at all. I was judging with my eyes…plus, it was second game in a row he was staked to a big lead and let it slip

  24. Great win. Best of luck to Happ.

  25. Wow, two big comebacks in a row at Tampa, even after the deflating Happ injury.

  26. Eric Thames for Steve Delabar. It’s still hilarious.

    Such a seemingly minor trade but holy shit how great has that turned out to be?

  27. Still kind of surprised Lincoln wasn’t up sooner, he was killing it in pit as their set-up man. Way to go jays!

  28. I hereby declare that winning is more fun than losing!

  29. I think the Jays can beat Tampa because they don’t have BJ Upton for the walkoffs anymore

  30. I feel its kind of ominous that we have absolutely nothing on Happ yet.

    Ive got a bad feeling its going to end up being a very, very serious injury.

  31. “This team turned it around in a series to begin May at Tampa and have been unstoppable ever since.” Says Bob Costas around October 23rd I hope.

      • +2. It was another come from behind win which is great, but with Happ gone & Romero only pitching 3 good innings in his last start, who’s the next starter called up?

        It’s getting ridiculous that the Jays have so many key injuries.

        I hope Happ recovers. It could be life threatening.

        • RR wasperfect through 3 though and seemed to have blister problems. Lets’s see what happens.

  32. Shit. Seriously impressed with this team the last two games.

    I wouldn’t have blamed them if they checked out tonight after Happ got hit. Well done.

    Offense really looks like it’s finally clicking.

    • How fucking surreal and awesome was it to have Adam Lind and Colby fucking Rasmus combining for 2 runs against a lefty? A week ago, that would have been 2 quick momentum-killing outs.

  33. Bandwagon anyone? All are welcome.

  34. Melks the real deal.

    Even when he was shitting the bed last week it was on the screws at someone.

  35. Romero goes 7 strong for the win tomorrow.

  36. Anyone notice my 357 magnum on base percentage? who would have thunk it?

  37. Hope and prayers with JA Happ and his friends and family.
    The entire Blue Jays organization, its players, and fans are with you.
    Hope to see him back fully healthy pitching in the World Series

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