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Oh what a travesty it would have been if the Jays and White Sox had finished the season having only played 161 games, eh?

I mean, maybe there’d be gripes from whoever is pursuing the two clubs in the reverse standings, but… really? Not that I can complain about having a Jays game to watch– we’re all going to miss it like hell in the middle of January– but as far as pointless games go, this is one of them.

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Hell of a lineup for the Jays tonight. Ugh. Mike Wilner tweets that it’s just a planned off-day for Jose Reyes.

In other grim news, Roy Halladay left his start today for the Phillies after three batters, according to a tweet from Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, there was “sweat dripping off his face during the first batter he faced. Topped out at 83 mph.” He adds that Halladay officially left due to “right arm fatigue.”

And then, of course, there was Manny Machado, who was stretchered off the field in this afternoon’s Rays-Orioles game after an ugly-looking knee injury on an innocuous-looking play at first base. As much as we don’t want the O’s to do well, that sucks. Looks like the game is going to be without a special talent for a while.

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

RF Rajai Davis (R)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Moises Sierra (R)
1B Mark DeRosa (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
LF Kevin Pillar (R)
SS Ryan Goins (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Chicago White Sox

CF Alejandro De Aza (L)
SS Alexei Ramirez (R)
DH Jeff Keppinger (R)
1B Paul Konerko (R)
RF Avisail Garcia (R)
LF Dayan Viciedo (R)
2B Gordon Beckham (R)
3B Marcus Semien (R)
C Josh Phlegley (R)

RHP Jose Quintana

Comments (56)

  1. Remember when people were suggesting trading for Doc?

  2. Side note: It’s depressing as hell to see him broken.

  3. Halladay’s pretty much done I think.

  4. Saw Doc pitch against the cubs in Wrigley at the end of August. It was as sad as a truck full of puppies being trampled by a giant Eeyore.

  5. Well Buck has Marcus Semen playing at third for the Sox. That man makes me laugh,,,how can you replace him,

  6. That comic is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen posted on DJF. Twas a good decision to visit.

  7. Jerry Howarth goin’ on ’bout errors

  8. Sportsnet has graciously decided to not air the game on any of my channels. Thank you

  9. Hey small potatoes I’m trying a Mount Gay Rum and it’s not bad,,,goes well with this game.

  10. Ya JP!

  11. that creep can roll

  12. Granderson?

  13. JPA is sooooo happy with himself.

    dude…you hit a homerun off the exact same pitch you always hit a home run off of. essentially the pitcher made a mistake and you managed to hit the one fucking thing you can hit. you’re such an idiot.

    • you might literally be the whiniest person in the world, you’re going to shit on him for being happy he hit a home run?

      • yes i am because the idiot thinks it makes up for being one of the worst hitters in baseball. he is an idiot

        • I think you are a glaring example of why he doesn’t care about what fans say online…. wtf was he supposed to do? put his head down and say i’m awful and just walk back to the dugout?

  14. Former Blue Jay Alex Rios just hit for the cycle!

  15. Love the bunt attempts

  16. Delabar done good.

  17. Looks like we didn’t win this one for Mother Russia. Shame. Gibby didn’t seem too worried about it either–no pinch runner for JPA with 2 outs in the ninth. A faster runner (Reyes?) scores on a double!

    • I don’t think he cares

    • Gibby obviously has a hardon for JP, so he left him in there hoping he could score and then go on a tear this last week and surpass the magical 50-run plateau….only 5 to go! Considering its taken him 25 games to score his last 5 runs, I don’t think he’ll make it.

  18. I only caught the last 4 innings of the game, but did it appear that there were about 800 people in the stands? It almost seemed like the director went out of his way not to show the stands. The official attendance was over 19,000, but there’s now way there was 10% of that.

  19. It certainly sucks what’s happened to Halladay. Going into 2012, he was 34, sitting on a 188-92 record, and coming off 6 straight years of top-5 CYA finishes, 5 straight of leading his league in CG, 4 straight leading in K/BB ratio, 4 straight with an ERA+ 152 or better, and had seen to K/IP go up 6 straight years. In other words, he was the undisputed best pitcher in baseball and only seemed to be getting better.

    I think I can speak for us all when I say I fully expected him to cruise to 255 or 260 wins by age 38, and then possibly stick around as a league average (at least) workhorse until he passed 300…..best laid plans.

    Jeter’s gone through pretty much the same thing, although his troubles were the direct result of a major injury. After the 2012 regular season Jeter was at 3304 hits and coming off the second highest season total of his career (an ML leading 216). He looked like he might have a serious chance of reaching 4000.

    Like Halladay, he completely lost it almost overnight. I’d be surprised if either one of them ever has a decent season again.

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