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The Chien-Ming Wang era for the Blue Jays begins tonight (rain pending), and that would sure be an exciting thing if this was the era of new Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson movies and Arrested Development seasons, but sadly this is 2013, and those dusty relics of the cultural past are as tired as Wang’s fastball, which averaged at 89.4 mph in his 30-odd innings for the Nationals last year, according to Pitch F/X, down from 93.7 at his peak.

But hey, for a team that’s run out more starters than any other in baseball so far this season, at least he’s not Aaron Laffey. Or Ramon Ortiz. Or Esmil Rogers. Or Sean Nolin. Or Ricky Romero. Or Chad Jenkins. Or R.A. Dickey.


The weather may prevent the era from beginning, though, as Mike Wilner provided this bit of bad news around 5 PM ET– granted, still three hours from the scheduled first pitch:

Fingers crossed! Or… I don’t know, whatever.


John Lott tweets that Luis Perez, less than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, made a rehab start for Dunedin last night, pitching two scoreless

“Last time Jays used more than 12 starters Pete Walker pitched & Buck Martinez managed,” tweets Benny Fresh. “Wang becomes 12th starter of season for Jays.”

Richard Griffin notes some guys getting in early work today: J.P. Arencibia and Sal Fasano were in the bullpen working on mechanics, and Brandon Morrow did some long toss before his bullpen session. In a separate tweet he adds that Josh Thole was working with Fasano– the club’s roving catching instructor– as well, and that Jose Reyes was on the field.

Scott MacArthur of TSN tweets a pic of Jose Reyes, who indeed looks like he’s getting close to game shape.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd 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

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Mark DeRosa (R)
CF Rajai Davis (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

Chicago White Sox

CF Alejandro de Aza (L)
SS Alexei Ramirez (R)
RF Alex Rios (R)
DH Paul Konerko (R)
1B Adam Dunn (L)
LF Dayan Viciedo (R)
3B Connor Gillaspie (L)
2B Gordon Beckham (R)
C Tyler Flowers (R)

LHP Jose Quintana

Comments (616)

  1. Holy shit he pulled off some magic. Haha it’s still hard to believe that he was 2nd in Cy Young voting one year. I guess back then his sinker actually had heavy sink to it, so that helps… but still.

  2. Says on his card that Adam Dunn is 285 pounds, is batting .181 on the season and has 16 home runs. Tub of lard, at least he has more dingers than Arencibia

  3. way to walk JP when it doesnt matter.

  4. I just heard Buck say Arencibia walks… can somebody please confirm they also heard that.

  5. Jpa walk. Game cancelled due to raining frogs.

  6. Holy Fuck! Arencibia walked! I’m running to the corner and buying a lotto

  7. The once a month JPA walk

  8. What goes around comes around.

  9. change Brita filter

  10. even when they give us 4 outs we still cant score

    • The bottom of the lineup is a killer. The batting average of the last three is .212. Kawasaki is a great guy and a nice role player, but his slugging percentage is .270 for fuck’s sake

  11. Man this game is losing my attention. Did I just hear Buck say Wang got a quick 1-2-3 inning??? Wow, I guess I just assumed he wasn’t coming out for the 6th after that shit show.

  12. how long before reyes gets injured again? 1 week?

  13. Why is Derosa hitting 5th and not Lind?

  14. Wang in for the 7th! Wow haha good for him. Let’s just keep it going, why not? Obviously they don’t expect to score anymore runs if they’re gonna run this guy out for another inning.

  15. An 89 wRC+ and .315 OBP, with 6 home runs for Todd Helton.
    But Buck and Tabby just shooting from the hip on that one.

  16. wow whens the last time a jays starter went 7 ip!

    gotta give wang his props

  17. Jeff Blair ‏@GloBlair 4m

    Nope.@nicholasmcmanus: @GloBlair do you think jays could get a everyday 2B for Josh Johnson?

    Apparently JJ took Blair’s mother out for a nice seafood dinner and never called her again. He was ripping him earlier today on Baseball Central.

  18. Ummm why isnt rasmus pinch hitting for davis against a righty?

  19. Alrighty!

    Shit disturbance cued up and ready to rock.

  20. just dont do anything really stupid on the basepaths rajai

  21. The Man from Muncie continues to impress.

    3 hits.

    • He’s so hot that I don’t want JPA anywhere near him.
      Like, in the batting order, in the dugout, in the hotel.
      Just stay away.

  22. Lind and Davis on again…time for JPA to contribute

  23. I guess this is how you win 19 games in a season. Just keep him in there so that he gets a decision one way or the other.

  24. I’m surprised home plate isn’t currently in centre field.

  25. Jesus Fucking Christ, JP. What the…

  26. 3 Swinging strikes in one AB, amazing.

    • So he’s up 3 times with a runner on 3rd less than 2 out and he strikes out each time. No excuse for not putting the ball in play

  27. Another sad sombrero.

  28. Someone should tell JPA that this is baseball, not golf.

  29. At least he didn’t hit into a double play…

  30. I wonder how many bats JPA goes through in a season.

  31. Hey that was weird: JP came up with the tying run on third and nobody out but didn’t bring the run in. I thought he was an RBI guy?

    That is three times tonight folks.

  32. I hate this guy.

  33. Jesus fucking christ


  35. fuck

  36. Wow..cant take him anymore

  37. FUCKING #DFAJPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This guy is fucking horrible at baseball. Holy shit, he just cost them the game

  38. That was hilarious. It can only be funny at this point. Your 2013 Blue Jays!

    • Laugh as the funny man cries
      Though his makeup is smeared
      Ah ah ah
      Laugh at his comical tears
      As he thinks of the years
      Ah ah ah
      Ah ah ah

      Living just a little
      Laughing just a little
      Ain’t easy
      Ah ah ah ah ah
      Living just a little
      Laughing just a little
      Ain’t easy
      Ah ah oh no no

      Laugh everyone at the fool
      With his heart in his hand
      Ah ah ah
      Still he can’t quite understand
      That he’s less than a man
      Ah ah ah
      Ah ah ah

      Lost somewhere deep in his shell
      There’s an ember of pride
      Ah ah ah
      Watch how he tries hard to hide
      That he’s dying inside

  39. Jesus Arencibia could you not even fly out to centre field? I’m dying to rant how useless he is but I haven’t forgotten how much I ranted about Lind. Who has all of a sudden turned into SuperBat.

    • Lind never ran his mouth about what a leader he is, how strikeouts don’t matter, and how great his skills are. JPA does all of that and he even kept chirping that he wasn’t the catcher who would be going to the Mets for Dickey.

  40. How many fucking guys has that Arencibia left on base tonight? And has he even TOUCHED a ball? Seriously…how many times does the pitch have to BOUNCE before your brain tells you not to swing?
    Jesusfuckingchrist…get rid of this assclown.

  41. what a waste – not 1 ball in the strike box there on the screen and he just keeps swinging and swinging….

  42. Kill me now. Leave my corpse on the boat but kill me now.

  43. Fucking nice. This season is fucked.

  44. 0 for 3 with a walk and JP has actually increased his obp tonight. Fuck.

  45. Jesus fuck! I don’t know who I hate more: JPA or Izturis!

  46. I am so tired of seeing JP on this team. Kills every rally, strikes out constantly and is exhausting to watch. can you please fuck off jp? I would seriously prefer getting kicked in the nuts every day for the rest of my life so that I don’t have to see JP on the field.

  47. I am beginning to think this team may not be very good.

  48. WOW anybody else but those 2 bozos coming up they get at least 1 run in.

  49. fuck this – good night.

  50. Fuck John Gibbons – two POS in a row with a runner on 3rd and you do nothing! I knew it would be K and DP with JP and Izturis coming up. FUCKING SHIT PLAYERS!

  51. What a joke


  53. I’ve been the biggest JPA supporter but I’m throwing in the towel now

  54. fuck it’s almost as if gibby is intentionally sabotaging the team by batting JPA behind lind.

    where is the fucking logic?

  55. If we pay the chef to improperly prepare JPA’s puffer fish?

  56. Shi Davidi ‏@ShiDavidi 1m
    JPA up three times with runner on third and less than two outs. K, K and K

    His sucktitude will finally be reaching the masses.

  57. Arenshitia.
    Been saying from day one, this asshat will cost us games with his retarded at bats. Fucking moron.

  58. Izturis really is the dog shit that an owner left on a busy sidewalk.

  59. I honestly think the jays should pay me to watch these games. This is painful to watch.

  60. I’m thinking JP might kinda suck

  61. how does Gibby see JP’s numbers and still run him out there….How does JP even put the catchers gear back on and go back out there?

    After an at bat like that he’s gotta feel like just heading down the tunnel and going home.

    • you would be right with most players, but it appears the guy just does not get it…ANY fucking contact from him tonight, and they are at least tied…but he is so convinced his Home runs make his general shittiness at everything else okay, that he will never learn…the idiot female fans (and the meatheads who love dingers above all else) who have made him a supposed fan favourite have ensured that he’ll never improve…

  62. Have we decided what the exact term is for “the opposite of clutch”? Because whatever it is, that’s this team in a nutshell…

    and fuck JPA – it’s one thing to have holes in your swing, but to just wildly hack at EVERYTHING is pathetic…I think 3 of those pitches actually bounced on the plate…

  63. Was Maalox invented for people who are Jays fans?

  64. Get on the sticks boyz.

  65. Is there anyone on the bench? Why is Kawaski hitting? (we need some better players on the bench)

    • I think the coaches just forgot about Rasmus. I struggle to think of another position player that makes weaker contact than Kawasaki.

  66. anyone notice how bad JPA has gotten once AA stroked his cock and traded away darnaud and john buck and brought in old man blanco?

  67. why not pinch hit rasmus for izturis there? there is no other lefty in the pen for the sox. who would you rather have up with first and third and two out? izturis or colby?

    what the fuck gibbons.

  68. JPA is so bad it is funny.

    He gets up three times with guys on base and strikes out on a bunch of balls.

    then when there are two outs and nobody on and he SHOULD be going for a dinger, he walks.

    its comical.

  69. And sorry if this is redundant, and I ain’t reading 315 posts to find out, but someone please tell me why in cunting fuck the Gibbon bats De Rosa at cleanup and the hottest hitter in the American League sixth? With three automatic outs after him, no less? Am I missing something? Really, someone better tell me the answer before I seek out the Gibbon myself and choke it out of him.

  70. Seriously they need to start thinking about sending JPA to AAA. The jays win this game if Thole is playing today. You can’t have a play someone this attrrocious

    • Who do you replace him with though?

      I think a strict R/L platoon needs to happen immediately at C. No more JPA getting 3 or 4 guaranteed starts through the rotation.

  71. addison reed drafted 1 spot behind jays pick, another great pick alex

  72. This has been excruciating.

  73. Wilner just said a silent prayer. If the jays can somehow pull this one out tonight, Wilner has pledged to not ingest any jizz for a full week. Go jays go!

  74. Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss


  76. Joseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  77. Why didn’t I see that coming?


  78. fuck jose and edwing have to carry this entire shitfuck team

  79. Fucking shitty leader though.

  80. YES!!!!

  81. Jose delays the inevitable.

  82. Oh Jose. Trolling opposing teams to no end. Well played.


  84. Is it too late to revive my corpse? CPR!?

  85. can you imagine how good this offense would be if we just kept napoli and buck

  86. Bau-Beast-a

  87. Haha great call by Buck!

  88. Buck tried to fuck with us. “But it’s gonna hang up”
    Damn you buck I was excited, the sad, then shit my pants.

  89. hahahaha even Buck has given up on them…worst HR call ever?

  90. Fuckin rally brah

  91. good lord another 17 inning game



  93. Now you watch. JP is going to drive in the winning run in extra innings and we’ll all have to be excited and happy while gnashing our teeth.

    Let’s go. We need this one (and a whole lot of others).

  94. I was ready for the loss, and now these fuckers drag me back in…GODDAMMIT

  95. Wang would be getting his first win if JP wasn’t such a shithead. Over the past 10 games:

    39 AB/1R/3H/0HR/2RBI/2BB/15K/0.77AVG


  96. So which Jays fielder makes the game destroying error leading to the walk-off win?

    I’ll go out on a limb and say Izturis. (“going out on a limb” = saying anyone other than Bonifacio)

    • I was going to post the exact same thing – it’s like they draw straws to see who commits the crippling fuck up…

      JPA is too obvious, so….Rajai?

  97. Damn! Skinny Cecil has become quite the reliever

  98. Yay!
    More time I get to spend with you lovely folk!
    I was going to have a soak, take in some psychotic imagery after a loss..but nah – WE GOT THIS.
    Sexy nerd Cecil is here!

  99. Did anybody see the man in white? I wonder if any of those fuckers from the chisox bullpen are even still around, maybe just Matt Thornton.

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