Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

The last time Mark Buehrle set foot on the mound at Tropicana Field in Tampa, on May 6th, he lasted six innings… uh… giving up nine hits, seven runs and seven earned, as his ERA ballooned to 7.02. That start was the third straight in which he’d given up five or more earned runs, and the fifth of seven starts on the season at the time.


Since then, though– since then!– he’s had a terrific eight start stretch, giving up just 15 earned runs in 51 innings, for a 2.65 ERA, and the Jays have won six of eight times he stepped on the hill. It’s time for the Jays to get a new winning streak starter, and the way Buehrle’s been going of late, why the hell shouldn’t it start tonight?

Let’s let the good time start a-rollin’, eh?


Brendan Kennedy tweets that John Gibbons figures it will be about two weeks before Brett Lawrie is back.

Shi Davidi tells us that Sergio Santos threw a side session and could get into a rehab assignment in early July. He later clarifies, having been informed that the plan for Santos, specifically, is to pitch July 1st, 4th, and 7th at Dunedin, and then head to Buffalo after that for a couple of games, with a return to the Majors slated for either just before or just after the All-Star break.

Gregor Chisholm tweets that Santos is the latest Blue Jay to have begun work on Jamie Evans’ weighted ball program.

He’s not looking for velocity, Davidi notes, but says that he saw progress from Dustin McGowan on it and wants to use it to help strengthen his shoulder.

Speaking of McGowan, he’s one of a number of candidates to be sent packing before tomorrow, and Ben Nicholson-Smith clarifies some confusion this afternoon by confirming that, indeed, McGowan could refuse an assignment and sign elsewhere (presumably for the league minimum), with the Jays being required to pick up the rest of his salary. But with the way the club has stood by McGowan, though, and the possibility that the pitcher would consent to a demotion in order to get some much-needed work in, he wonders if maybe that’s what ultimately happens here. I’d buy it, if McGowan would.

On that topic, Gregor tweets that John Gibbons says Neil Wagner has “got nothing to worry about” as far as tomorrow’s roster move goes.

“Take this for what it’s worth,” Kennedy writes, “but to question from Japanese reporter re Kawasaki playing 2B, Gibby said ‘I think he’d be v good over there’.”

John Lott gets into the game, noting that Gibbons says he likes having four lefties in the bullpen (i.e. keeping Luis Perez around)– though he wasn’t tipping his hand in any direction, no matter how much reporters were prodding.

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

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

LHP Mark Buehrle

Tampa Bay Rays

CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Sean Rodriguez (R)
DH Ben Zobrist (S)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
RF Wil Myers (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
1B James Loney (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
2B Kelly Johnson (L)

LHP Matt Moore

Comments (488)

  1. Roger Dorn it!!! Its JPA’s only hope!!

  2. Don’t live up to your name, Strike3bia.

  3. F&*(ing Longoria!! I’m getting sick of tipping my cap to this guy!

  4. Is it wrong that I get excited that he might not strike out when the pitcher throws a ball and he doesnt swing at it?

  5. At least Rasmus got back.

  6. If Lawrie turns out to be half the player Longoria is, I’ll be delighted.

  7. Great. Izturis is 0 for 5 with 5K against Farnsworth. Hope he’s due…

  8. All we need is 7 walks in the ninth.

  9. Alright my positivity has reached the end of the line. I must bow out now before i say something that will later be thrown back in my face.

  10. A clean inning from McGowan would be real nice right about now…

  11. I hope the roof will be closed tomorrow for Dickey.

  12. 95 mph heat. McGowan stays.

  13. I know moore is really good but the guy had 6 walks tonite and they couldnt score more than 1 run? Just inexcusably poor ab’s. Also, the good pitchers in this division always eat this team alive, it seems. When was the last time they beat up moore, price, sabathia, lester, bucholz? The approach is very poor against these pitchers.

  14. So much for the clean inning…

  15. Fuck the Rays for picking up our last year middle infield.

  16. Dusty done it.

  17. Well, at least Colby’s having a nice game.

  18. Fuck we have to light up Jamey wright.

  19. Melky is on.

  20. And Rodney is up. The script is beginning to play out… HR off the crooked hat?

  21. Might as well put up a 6 spot

  22. One out.

  23. Joey Bats has been a little off lately.

  24. Melky steals one = mind blown?

  25. Bedtime. Later campers.

    • Make sure you’re up bright + early tomorrow AM for the game. #unsweepable – remember? I know many of you westerly folk will be joining us for breakfast baseball.

  26. Jays 14-43 at the Trop over their last 57 games there.
    as the ballplayers say

    • 14-43?


    • Did anyone catch video of cleetus repeatedly punching himself in the cup while sitting in the dugout? Freaking priceless. Going to say one out in the ninth? It is as bautista is.walking off the field after his pop out and they follow him through the dugout afterwards.
      Looks like he’s punching himself in the dick over and over. Lol

  27. GSMC–
    “Tonight’s prediction: the Jays pick up a game on every ALE team.”

    Your ditties are improving, but lord love a duck, I hope for your family’s sake that all your bets are gentleman’s bets.

  28. And Kawasaki gets optioned to Buffalo. Well, it was fun while it lasted!

  29. KAWA-SAKI clap, clap, clap-clap-clap

    To Buffalo.

  30. JPA should have tagged Molina. That’s embarrassing. Jays always seem to struggle at the trop. They should win tomorrow.

    • He caught the ball before it hit the ground 4 to 5 feet up the 1st base first base line and had to come and meet Molina? Show me the positioning that gets the play done better.

      But yes, you do raise a great question…why didn’t he just tag him?

      • That’s exactly the way I saw it. If he let it bounce, it would’ve been impossible to catch it and tag Molina. I’m as big a detractor as there is of JPA but you cant hang that on him. It wasn’t Joey’s fault or JPA’s fault that the ball’s trajectory brought it down where it did.

  31. Can anybody answer me why the yankees record is what is (42-34)? Like i really dont
    get it. Theyve had way more injuries than the jays. Is it all luck? Better starting picthing? What the fuck is it? Its pissing me off.

    • The Yankees have been crapping the bed a lot in recent weeks. As to their solid start I’m not quite sure what sort of voodoo was involved…

      • I keep waiting for them to fall off a cliff but yet they keep on finding ways to win games. Overall, they are in pretty damn good shape when they really have no business being where they are based on their roster.

    • Well their run differential is zero, so they’re 4 games ahead of their pythag. They’ve won a lot of close games.

  32. Kawasaki going down is for the best at the moment the way the jays have burned through pitchers.
    I still don’t like it though.

  33. I guess people forget that Jose motherfuckin Reyes is a perenniall all star and plays for the blue jays and is an obp monster. Kawasaki will be back the moment the 2nd base men suck, any one gets hurt breathe.

  34. Never get out of the boat.

  35. Watching this team is, like, figuratively a roller coaster ride. Figuratively.

  36. Reyes tomorrow!?!?!

  37. Kawasaki demotion = big, big mistake. He is the spiritual heart of this team right now. You find a place for these guys. Gillick and Beeston would have. Big mistake, demonstrating total lack of understanding. Don’t be surprised if the losing resumes.

    • I dont buy that stuff so much. What I dont like is losing his obp. Boni is awful and playing him everyday is not much better than having a pitcher in the lineup.

      • Good points. Certainly there are valid arguments on both sides. But the spider-sense is tingling over this one. Kawa’s contributions are obvious (those grind it out at bats!), but he brings so many intangibles. Personally, I could do without Oliver or Perez.

    • Reyes is back tomorrow, and is the true heart and soul of this team.

      Let ‘Saki dazzle Buffalo until either needed because of injury or Sept. call-ups.
      We won’t even remember him within a week I would guess.

    • Thanks for the hockey-based analysis there, Barky!

    • Yep. Wouldn’t be surprised if Adam Lind stopped hitting LHP and Mark Buerhle started walking people after they came to the realization that Kawasaki might not be able to give them some batting practice and plane ride lols anymore. It’s also possible that Bautista will get his timing back and JP will stop swinging at breaking balls in the dirt after Jose Reyes’ infectious passion for the game of baseball returns to the clubhouse.

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