Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

Encarnacion? Hurt.

Lind? Hurt.

Arencibia? Hurt.

Kawasaki? The goddamn DH.

What a clusterfuck of a lineup for the Jays tonight, but… at least it exists! Their bench? Not so much, though their injured sluggers and/or Arencibias are, to varying degrees, available to pinch hit tonight in a… uh… pinch. But for all intents and purposes, the Jays are playing without a bench this evening.

Just the kind of game they’ll totally surprisingly win, right? Baseball has a way of keeping you on your toes– provided you’re not, y’know, one of the dullards who just can’t comprehend that.

Uh… go Jays?

Scuttlebutt

Mike Cormack tweets that Adam Lind is hopeful he’ll return to the lineup tomorrow, and adds that the resurgent slugger hit ten balls of a tee today and felt fine.

According to a tweet from John Lott, it “looks like” both Lind and Encarnacion will be back tomorrow.

Brendan Kennedy tweets that Alex Anthopoulos says Brett Lawrie will play 6-7 innings tonight for Dunedin (or he was going to before it turned out that there was no game, and that the GCL Jays’ game was called off due to rain– as Shi Davidi notes). It was thought Lawrie would be headed to New Hampshire to continue his rehab assignment soon after, but with rain in Florida, it turns out he’ll head to Lansing, Kennedy tweets.

Sergio Santos was also scheduled to pitch in Florida tonight, Kennedy notes. He’ll have three outings there, then move up to Buffalo where he’ll go back-to-back before rejoining the Jays.

Kennedy adds that, as we’ve been hearing, the club doesn’t want to rush Lawrie, and that they’ll likely use all 20 days of his rehab assignment, which began last Wednesday.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Kennedy tweets that Kyle Drabek is nearly done his rehab assignment, after which he’ll likely be optioned to class-A Dunedin– where, according to a Scott MacArthur tweet, he’ll be capped at two innings per appearance to start. Drew Hutchison, Kennedy adds, will begin rehabbing soon.

John Lott notes that Brandon Morrow is now throwing pain free, but still won’t likely be back until August. It’s an August timeline for J.A. Happ, he adds, most likely, as he still has some knee soreness (though his head is, thankfully, fine).

Kennedy tells us that Ramon Ortiz chose to not have surgery, but he’s not close to starting a rehab assignment. Luis Perez, on the other hand, is farther along, and– according to a tweet from Scott MacArthur– feeling better following a setback a couple weeks ago. He’s “still pretty far away,” though, apparently.

What of Ricky Romero? Alex Anthopoulos says, according to a John Lott tweet, that the club wants to see consistent results from him– at which point, if the need arises, he could be recalled any time.

Alex Anthopoulos says he’s ready to make some deals, according to a tweet from Mike Cormack, but that other teams need a week to ten days to resolve fanbase and ownership considerations (i.e. whether to raise the white flag on 2013 or not).

That said, Brendan Kennedy tweets that AA says he’s not “engaged” in anything right now, but it just gathering information, like most clubs at this point.

Prospect stuff: according to the GM, via a Kennedy tweet, negotiations with top draft pick Phil Bickford are expected to take a step forward this week, whatever that means. He remains one of, I think, six first rounders as yet unsigned.

Second rounder Clinton Hollon, AA says, is “getting close” to signing, according to a tweet from Lott, who notes that the deadline to sign guys is July 12th.

On the international front, according to a tweet from Shi Davidi, the Jays signed international products Yeltsin Gudino and Freddy Rodriguez, both of Venezuela. Ben Badler of Baseball America has them as the eighth and 18th best prospects in this year’s international free agent class.

AA name checked several impressive prospects, according to a Kennedy tweet, including Pillar, Stilson, Jimenez, Stroman and Sanchez.

Regarding Pillar, John Lott tweets that the GM says he may be the biggest surprise. “Reports are that he’s ready to come up if we have a need,” AA says.

Kennedy tweets that the GM says Aaron Sanchez is back and healthy. “‘He’s back on track, good to go, no restrictions.’ Hoping he can advance to NH by end of year.”

On A.J. Jimenez, according to a tweet from Mike Cormack, AA says, “I think with everyone that’s defence-first, you get the Molina comparisons, but it’s that type of glove.”

Let it be known to the world, Craig Robinson is a dick.

@james_in_to noticed some words exchanged, not caught on the broadcast, between the Tigers and Jays yesterday after Jose Bautista had some words for Brayan Pena.

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

SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Rajai Davis (R)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
1B Mark DeRosa (R)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C Josh Thole (L)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
DH Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Chien-Ming Wang

Detroit Tigers

CF Austin Jackson (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
3B Miguel Cabrera (R)
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Victor Martinez (S)
SS Jhonny Peralta (R)
LF Andy Dirks (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)
C Alex Avila (L)

RHP Doug Fister

Comments (512)

  1. DFA Wangs shitty ass

  2. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

  3. See ya Wang. Good luck finding employment as a starter somewhere else.

  4. Well at least the base runners are gone.

  5. Anybody know when J.A.HAPP is coming back ?

  6. SCHLUURRRRRRRP

    Cabrera did a great job of hitting a belt high fastball in the middle of the plate

  7. Oh lordy lordy.

    Update on Happ or Morrow? Romero?

  8. Okay, Wang is done. Might as well leave him in the game till he gives up another baserunner, but he’s done.

  9. At least they’re only down 2. Without that bottom of the first it’s 6-0.

  10. Wow.

    Welcome back to the show Chad Jenkins.

  11. Time for Stroman??

    • Youre making a Stoman argument.

      (I’lll see myself out)

      • hardly call it an argument; more a statement on the sad shape of the SP possibilities

        • Yeah well you never know who’s gonna show up: Jekyll or Hyde. And that applies to all of them: Johnson, Buehrle, Dickey, Rogers, Wang.
          Hopefully Dickey and Buehrle and Rogers can get some more consistancy in the 2nd half but Johnson scares me now and Wang has somehow decided that his sinker needs to be belt high.

  12. To the emergency liquor cabinet I go!!! (different from the regular liquor cabinet)

  13. I just stepped away from the computer after the first inning, anything happen?

  14. So is this his last start?

  15. Time for Wang to get yanked. Don’t let him grip any more balls.

  16. Finally

  17. So, who makes Wang next start?

  18. Still in the boat. I just wish it was in Algonquin.

  19. I’d say give McGowan a start. We theoretically only need a short bridge to Morrow or Happ or Drabek or Hutchison.

  20. This game has a long way to go, folks

  21. The season of starters part 2 continues for the Jays.
    If you’re good, you can’t stay healthy. If you suck, you suck so bad the team can’t keep you.

    Where would this team be without Rogers stepping up to the rotation?

  22. Cecil stays in the pen 100%

  23. I said last week that Wang was writing his ticket to Buffalo with his meltdown against Boston.
    I’m saying this week that he just paid for the ticket, and is calling a cab to the station.

  24. Went to take a dump after the first inning… da fuq

  25. McGowan is not a bad idea for three innings and let the 9 man pen take over after.

  26. Shit, just call Ramon Ortiz back up and have him throw left handed, chances are he’ll do better than that assy performance.

  27. If I were Wang, I would complain about arm soreness to stay in the majors on the DL.

  28. Jays will have to trade for an arm. Rogers has been great but how long will he pitch like the staff ace?

    Even if Ricky gets his act together, I’m not risking throwing him into a pennant race or asking him to be a saviour, that will just fuck him up mentally even more.

    Drabek is trash. Happ done until August. Morrow and Johnson are hit and miss every time they pitch.

  29. Anyone notice that every single batter that Wang faced he started with that tailing fastball? Almost all down the middle. Home run to cabrera? First pitch, tailing fastball down the middle.

  30. It was about two weeks ago that I said Wang had earned himself at least 3 starts. But truthfully after the shit kicking from his past two starts gotta think that is it for him. It’s funny it’s only his 5 start, one bad one, followed by two good, and then two fucking awful. If anybody had asked me before his first start I would not have been surprised by the two shit kickings but more so by the two good starts.

  31. Time for the Jays to play ketchup.

  32. Anyone notice after Mig hit that bomb, Buck called the Tigers the Tyrants, then tried to correct himself mid-way realizing he fucked up and ended up calling them the Padres?

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who caught that Buck Blunder, that was hillarious!

  33. Do people actually want Drabek starting for the Jays at any point this year?

    Please don’t forget how fucking god-awful he was when healthy.

  34. Colby 5th deck

  35. Fuck yea Colby!

  36. Cletus you beautiful bastard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Prediction: Jays win 30-29.

  38. This game is bonkers, and over an hour old

  39. ALABAMABOMB. 4 RBI FOR CLETE

  40. NEW CLEAN-UP HITTER

  41. STAY ON THE BOAT

  42. fuck yeah CLETUS

  43. RIB STAIN CAMO MOTHERFUCKERS!

  44. LETS GO CLETUS!

  45. Attaboy Colby

  46. A long, high-scoring game is precisely the type of game the Jays don’t want with a zero-man bench.

  47. There’s my ‘Bama Blast!

    Nice Clete

  48. Wang pitches like I screw………..

    ……..not very well.

  49. The more I think about it, the more I think we might be bringing Romero up, unless Jenkins is available.

  50. The best bullpen in baseball comes into a tie ballgame. We got this.

  51. Fuck this series btw. Look at what our AL E friends have right now

    TB vs Houston
    Yanks vs Twins
    Sox vs Padres
    Oriloles vs W. Sox

    When is it our turn?!?!?

  52. Stroman is starting in New Hampshire tonight, set-up perfectly for him to step in on Sunday. Weber started yesterday in Buffalo, he could go on an extra days rest.

  53. I like this Perez guy. If he keeps this up, he’ll get on full-time.

    • This could be a prelude to a masterful relief performance. No weak links in the entire eight-man pen.

      • I’m scared they’re going to muck it up when the walking dead start returning…..I can see Black Magic going. They sorta begged him to return this season – and I can see him taking a trade to another club (a contender, maybe) for his final hurrah.

        • +1.me too. Can’t see AA risk losing someone else, especially a pitcher to keep the ol goat. Trade him to StL for a firehose ors ome other team needing a lefty. That;l free up a spot and save a few bucks

  54. Blue Jays country music night, sponsored by JPA’s horrible taste in music

    • I was just going to say – there is nothing about that “special” night that sounds appealing. It’s more like a warning.

    • Of course you’ve heard the old joke regarding what you get when you play a country music song backwards?

      You get your girl back, you get your house back, you get your dog back…….

      anyone know where the exit is???

  55. There are few things more annoying to me then the sports culture need to add a “y” to the end of everybodys name if at all possible. Case in point: Lindy.

    Also annoying: drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth.

  56. Haha Thole/Cabrera

    Best Buds?

  57. Izturis done good there.

  58. Thank you for those fine innings juan perez.

  59. How bout Perez. ERA still zipped

  60. Question… What was Griffin’s reason for giving Cletus a subpar rating on the first half?

  61. What’s a Wang-Fister duel without a strong spurt of Izz!

  62. ,:’,:`,:’
    __||_||_||_||__
    ____["""""""""""""""]____
    \ ” ”””””””””” |
    ~~jgs~^~^~^^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~~^~^~^^~~^~^

    stay on the boat

  63. Ump just about punched that dude in the face

    hahahahahahahaha

  64. So now that Jose has some Dickey in his pants he’s hitting bombs again.

    • That was just a tad awkward.

    • Ha.
      I find this pants stealing/switching thing rather curious. Is this something that dudes typically do?

      • What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.

      • I mean, I ain’t afraid to try on my bro’s pants from time to time

      • Seriously…how does a conversation like that even START?
        Um, hey – I’m running out of hits. I need a change. Can I borrow your pants?”

        • This is precisely why Rogers should employ me to report exclusively from behind-the-scenes in the clubhouse. I’m quite personable.

        • KRAMER (in hallway): Jerry! C’mon, it’s an emergency!
          JERRY: Excuse me. Alright, what is it? You’re interrupting!
          KRAMER: Well, you know, I’m packing for Puerto Rico, I need to borrow your bathing suit.
          JERRY: This is an emergency? You need a bathing suit?
          KRAMER: Well, I like yours.
          JERRY: I don’t know, my bathing suit? That’s a little familiar, I don’t want your…your boys down there.
          KRAMER: C’mon, what’s wrong with my boys?
          JERRY: Your boys should stay in their neighborhood.

  65. lol need a gif of that

  66. Of course Mark Derosa walks up to Bon Jovi

  67. WTF?
    Did these get together ahead of time and say “OK…let’s start at 6′s, and go from there.”
    It’s like basketball – we should just give both teams 90 points, and let them play for 10 minutes.

  68. Davis!!!!
    Yes!
    Melky doesn’t catch that. Ever.

  69. Thank. Fuck.

  70. Rajai has been damn good.

    There, I said it.

  71. I vote we intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera any time there’s a runner on for the rest of the series.

  72. WTF?

    I went to Loblaws and Fister is still in the game?

  73. It’s Brett Cecil’s birthday! Gift suggestions?

  74. Buck n Pat wheezing hard about Kawasaki’s ‘Big Noodle’.

  75. Buck is going senile going back to the big noodle joke

  76. Good God, Googles.

  77. That hook blows my mind, i can’t even imagine trying to hit that thing

  78. DAMN YOU GOOD, Cecil

  79. Remember when Brett Cecil was fat?

  80. Cecil has been unreal.
    You can’t script this shit.

  81. Holy fuck this bullpen.

  82. How is Det’s pen?

  83. Do you think someone actually asked Greg zaun what his most memorable homerun was? Like someone went out of their way one day to email in that question? Like someone was sitting at home one day and said, “Hmm, I really wonder which homer of Greg zaun’s was his best?”

    Doubtful.

  84. No bench.

    Wang magic all but gone.

    Still gotta find a way to take care of business at home.

  85. I hadn’t noticed that Stoeten finished his “scuttlebutt” from above.

    Anyone else intrigued by this line?

    “Alex Anthopoulos says he’s ready to make some deals, according to a tweet from Mike Cormack, but that other teams need a week to ten days to resolve fanbase and ownership considerations (i.e. whether to raise the white flag on 2013 or not).”

    Maybe Bud Norris???
    Altuve??

    Do yer shit AA

  86. It’s baffling that pitchers still sometime throw Colby fastballs.

  87. 40 man roster musings going on about not bringing up a Stroman for the next start. I know it sounds bad, but the next game is against the Twins. I say give Wang another shot or else get rid of him right after the game to get another position player up.

  88. Ruh Roh…

  89. Well, I guess we’ll need some of our walk off magic.

  90. Down a run and the #4 hitter just went the inning before.

    Looks likes its up to….whatever the fuck we have hitting after Cletus and frineds.

  91. Tie it up, gentlemen

  92. It’ll be interesting to see who of the PH wounded will get in the game?

  93. The offense did their job. More than anyone could have expected with such a shit lineup. The bullpen did their job so far. What more can you ask for? The starter just has to not shit the bed completely.

  94. welp, better sit miggy for a couple games i think

  95. if it’s a 1,2,3 8th it would be cool to see Gibby say “fuck it” and have pitchers play the field if they can tie it in the 9th.

  96. Do we get that creepy 2 different coloured eyes guy this series?

  97. I saw an interesting documentary the other night about Detroit called “Robocop 3″.

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