All hands on deck! The Battle for Tony’s Love is on as the Jays and Braves get set to provide much more than just the regular old interleague fodder. It’s Colby vs. Corey! And the winner gets his fathers love for the next twelve months.
Who will it be? The Jays’ outfielder or the just-called-up Braves reliever? We’ve got four games in a home-and-home format in which to find out… beginning tonight!
In the National Post, John Lott talks to the Rasmus clan, as the Rasmus Cup gets set to begin.
Since his unceremonious dumping in favour of Shannon Stewart in the spring of 2007, Reed Johnson has played in all of three games at the Rogers Centre– all of them with the Cubs in 2008. He starts in left and hits second for the Braves tonight. Want to bet his reception from the crowd is better than Kelly Johnson’s?
Call me an apologist if you want, but the more I see it the more I think Brett Lawrie felt the ball come off his bat last night, saw it go to the right fielder, instinctually thought “sac fly,” got upset at what he perceived as a fuck-up from his teammates. If Donovan McNabb can not realize that a game can end in a tie, and Chris Childs can not know the difference between being down three and down four, I can buy that Lawrie was just dumbly-honestly mistaken.
Mike Wilner tweets that Bautista says that Lawrie was indeed “confused” by the situation last night.
“I asked Gibby if he thought benching Lawrie today would be helpful,” Wilner adds. “If it was, I would have done it,” he was told.
Scott MacArthur tells us that the “message from Gibbons in a nutshell” is that the incident is over and done with.
According to another tweet from Wilner, Adam Lind says that he didn’t notice anything on the field yesterday, and that today Lawrie apologized to his teammates.
“I’m not talking about yesterday” was Lawrie’s response when asked to speak to the media, according to yet another Wilner tweet.
Richard Griffin tells us that Jays pitchers took some batting practice– some fugly batting practice– on the field today. They’ll travel to Atlanta mid-week, followed by a trip to San Diego then San Francisco, which will be their only taste of NL rules this year, apart from an early September visit to Arizona.
Griffin also clears up some mid-day confusion on the status of Josh Johnson, who showed up at Rogers Centre for a side session, but then went back to Buffalo, where it’s expected that he’ll make one more rehab start before rejoining the club.
Ricky Romero had another disaster today for the Bisons in Durham. In a game that’s ongoing at the time of writing, he gave up eight earned runs in a nine run first inning, getting just two batters out, walking three, giving up five hits, and throwing 13 strikes among his 32 pitches, according to MiLB Gameday.
No B.J. Upton or Jason Heyward in the Braves’ lineup today. I’ll take that.
And more Matt Devlin? I’ll take that too!
Toronto Blue Jays
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)
Mark Buehrle LHP
SS Andrelton Simmons (R)
RF Reed Johnson (R)
LF Justin Upton (R)
1B Freddie Freeman (L)
DH Evan Gattis (R)
C Brian McCann (L)
2B Dan Uggla (R)
3B Chris Johnson (R)
CF Jordan Schafer (L)
Tim Hudson RHP