Esmil Rogers takes the hill in Cleveland tonight, looking to start wrestling the Jays back towards the track, after they squandered last night’s excellent– if tough to watch– outing from Josh Johnson by being unable to put any runs on the board. They don’t have a great track record against tonight’s Cleveland starter, Justin Masterson, and Rogers had his first blip as a starter the last time out, so… yeah… might get worse before it gets better.

Might not though! Let’s get this thing rolling again already!


Gregor Chisholm tweets the message we heard from all the reporters who were around the Jays today, telling us that it sounds more and more like when Brett Lawrie comes back following the All-Star break, it will be as a second baseman. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to move him off a position where his defence is elite to one he’s so untested at over the last three years, given that I really don’t think Maicer Izturis is that much more capable at third than he would be at second. Of course, if the club wants Melky Cabrera to return as a DH, with Edwin Encarnacion taking more reps at third, or if they have their sights on acquiring a third baseman (or an outfielder, who would then displace Jose Bautista as he moved the hot corner), it makes total sense. Shit, maybe they just want to bluff some team into thinking they’re not that desperate to pay the price being asked of them for second base help. Who knows, but there really doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of downside here– provided Lawrie can handle the position– and there’s a lot of flexibility added to the lineup if he becomes positionally versatile.

Lawrie is, indeed, back at second again tonight for the Bisons, according to a retweet from their radio voice, Ben Wanger.

In other news, the Bisons have activated Jeremy Jeffress from their DL, according to a tweet from the club.

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)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C Josh Thole (L)
LF Emilio Bonifacio (S)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Esmil Rogers

The Clevelands

CF Michael Bourn (L)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
2B Jason Kipnis (L)
1B Nick Swisher (S)
LF Michael Brantley (L)
C Carlos Santana (S)
DH Jason Giambi (L)
3B Lonnie Chisenhall (L)
RF Drew Stubbs (R)

RHP Justin Masterson


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Comments (387)

  1. What’s the logic of putting Lawrie at 2B? You risk putting EE at third base and having his hitting affected by the fact that he’s a butcher over there. It’s no surprise that Encarnacion started really breaking out at the plate when he FINALLY got moved away from third.

    Lawrie at 3B, Izturis (with a few Kawasaki cameos) at 2B, don’t overthink this, Blue Jays.

    • I think something is in the works. But i love some good drama

      • Ya the only way this makes sense is if something is in the works. While most think that its something for the trade deadline, I am of the opinion that it might be more like the offseason. Jays could get a 3B or 2B or outfielder (although JoeyBats sez no to 3B0. Could also be to boost Lawries value so as to trade him.

    • I’d even say Kawasaki splitting reps or getting the majority at 2B over Itzuris.

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