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Dustin McGowan gets a do-over after a poor showing in his first game of the season — the home opener last Friday — and… well… it’s not like things get a whole lot easier. Sure, there won’t be 50,000 screaming down his neck, but there also won’t be Dean Anna, Yangervis Solarte, Derek Jeter, or whatever other quad-A scrubs the Yankees were running out there.

Though, actually — he said, about to type out words he will surely later eat — looking at their Machado-less lineup, and I’m not really sure what the big deal with Baltimore is, anyway. Delmon Young? Ryan Flaherty and Steve Lombardozzi? Shit, I’ll take my chances with Maicer Izturis, thanks. Should be a good one, though, either way. Shouldn’t it?

Scuttlebutt

Steve Delabar has a wrap on his leg still, tweets Barry Davis, but the pitcher claims he’s good to go tonight, if called upon.

Shi Davidi tweets this: “Jose Reyes felt ‘comfortable’ running today, will push hamstring further tomorrow. If all goes well rehab assignment to follow.”

In a tweet from Davis, he adds that Reyes says he wants to get to a point where he’s not even thinking about the hamstring before he returns. “When I return I want it to be for rest of season,” Jose says.

Richard Griffin wonders if natural grass will be a factor tonight, given that the Jays have played on turf in every game since March 28th.

Scott MacArthur tweets that Pete Walker says he thinks Dustin McGowan has got the whole pitch-tipping thing “nipped in the bud.”

TV: Sportsnet

Next games: Saturday, 7:05 PM ET, @ Baltimore; Sunday, 1:35 PM ET, @ Baltimore

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And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
SS Ryan Goins (L)

RHP Dustin McGowan

Baltimore Orioles

RF Nick Markakis (L)
DH Delmon Young (R)
1B Chris Davis (L)
CF Adam Jones (R)
C Matt Wieters (S)
LF Nelson Cruz (R)
3B Steve Lombardozzi (S)
SS Ryan Flaherty (L)
2B Jonathan Schoop (R)

RHP Chris Tillman

Comments (231)

  1. If nothing else tonight I hope I see an Edwin Encarnacion hit and a walk. If that happens we’re in business.

  2. Big game for Lawrie’s sanity I’m thinking.

    • Were a week in to the season there’s not such thing as big games

      Look around the league there are guys batting .500 and guys batting .143 who have no business doing so. Long season. He’ll figure it out

  3. Is this game blacked out or what the fucks going on ?

  4. i’m enjoying my vipbox stream

  5. Jays have among the best uniforms. I love the road greys, home whites and blue version. JS

  6. Dinner got served?

  7. The Donair was def. out. Nice try though.

  8. Prediction: EE breaks out tonight!

  9. Hitting the ball hard. Tillman doesn’t seem to be fooling anyone.

  10. Why in the fuck not just put this on Sportsnet One or 360 if the West feed’s gonna be dedicated to Surfing and the Flames-Jets game?

  11. Why is Delmon Young batting second? Does no one still get why it’s a good idea to have your best hitters get more plate appearances in a game?

  12. Man the Baltimore talking heads are insufferable. So bad that I have to listen to Pat & Buck. Ugh.

  13. That was a damned good pitch to Cruz for the flyout. Down in the zone, good velocity.

  14. Am I hallucinating or is Melky chewing on a long piece of grass?

  15. Jut got in. How’s Dusty looking so far?

  16. I think the best we can hope for from Goins in that he plays defense and it takes at least 4 pitches to get him out when he bats.

  17. How long before they realize that Goins is not an asset?

  18. Anyone hoping for a good game from Dusty ‘the cashman’ is an idiot.

    the sooner he gets chased from the game, the sooner we dont have to see him start another major league game again.

  19. Scott Kazmir would have been a great pick up
    in my opinion.

  20. Air Mailin’ it.

  21. Fucking keystone kops. I’ll take it

  22. OriLOLS

  23. Is it officially OrioLoLs time?

  24. OriLOLs Defense coming in clutch for the good guys

  25. Gahahahaha. I didn’t expect that.

  26. Bahaha, where’s that OriLOLes troll now?

  27. Balls are staying in the park… maybe Dickey should of stuck with this start.

  28. LOL MELKY trolling O’s fans

  29. That’s three deep flies against McGowan. Scares me a little.

  30. Bahahaha, yeak Melky chirping at the fan then smiles. Probably getting heckled out there all night. No ball for you.

  31. Beauty move by Melky. Catch the ball, stare down the fans, throw it away.

    Fuck the Orioles.

  32. That Oriole fan looks like the Chicken Lady.

  33. Holy shit I would just like to see ONE sign of life from Lawrie at the plate…a well-hit liner for an out would feel like a grand slam at this point…

  34. Goins (facepalm)

  35. Tillman has a 1.00 ERA? He’s the Orilols #1 starter? Where did he come from?

  36. Gabbled up by izzzturrrisssss

  37. Jesus Christ the Orioles have an ugly looking crowd.

  38. Holy fuck Goins looks completely lost at the plate.

    Meanwhile, thanks to the cool air at Camden Yards, Dusty has been able to keep the O’s off the scoreboard

  39. What’s with the Orilols swinging at all these pitches out of the zone? And how does Markakis drive a pitch that far below the knees?

  40. Markakis looks like a fucking pederast. Like Turturro in Big Lebowski

  41. Buehrle is going to love pitching against this team, with all of their swings at pitches out of the zone.

  42. Joey Bats can keep a runner on 3rd just with the power of the beard

  43. I don’t get it. These aren’t bad pitches being driven into the outfield for singles, these are pitches located exactly where you want to.

    • Yeah, and you see shitty contact as a result. Sometimes shitty contact turns into a hit.

      That said, the pitch Delmon hit was a fastball down the dick. Pitch to Davis was good, but they wanted it over the outside corner and it was farther inside.

  44. Don’t give Jones anything low here

  45. Nicely done, Lambchop. (gulp)

  46. Atta boy dusty. Keep it exciting.

  47. So the Orioles have given us 3 runs? 2 through errors and 1 by only running one base at a time. I’ll take it!

  48. Those looked like “Joey Bats” balls to me. A different pitcher and batter, and those would be strikes.

  49. Anyways, I think the Jays should be working the pitch count a bit. Get Tillman out of the game, and force the Orioles to go deep into their pen this early into a series so that the pen is tired by the end. We certainly don’t need seven-pitch innings.

  50. Missed all the game, but love the McGowan stat line

    • He’s answered some questions; that’s for sure.

      • If the Jays are going to be a contender this year they have to score with a few of their recovery/rebound year projects

    • I love McGowan, but I thought if he blew this game Happ would have replaced him in the rotation. Good to see him turn in a quality performance.

  51. *Gulp*

  52. Lol Melky. Funniest thing I’ve seen in a while.

  53. Bautista is not the most fleet-of-foot outfielder but that was a perfect route to the ball.

  54. Nice. Dusty might have 7 innings in him.

    • 86 pitches…you would like to see them give him a chance…let’s get some runs here and make the decision a little easier on Gibbers…

  55. Gibbers thinks it’s pretty funny that chubby old Melkman got the wind knocked out of him. How can anyone worry about chemistry with this team? What a bunch of goofballs (in a good way).

  56. #DUSTYTHEDREAM comin through for us today!

  57. The last time Dustin McGowan earned a win was June 22, 2008. That’s got to be some kind of record, no?

  58. Dusty back out for the 7th…I like it

  59. Fucking Tillman is dialed in. Scoreless game without the errors. O’s infield’ll be sleeping on the couch tonight.

  60. Well Dustin can hold his head high tonight

  61. Ick. Why’s McGowan still in?

  62. I was about to say I’m not sure I want to see McGowan face Markakis again.

  63. Great start dusty.

  64. Goggles looking good tonight too.

  65. In Googles we trust.

  66. Goggles! You are awesome!!!

  67. don’t want to wear them out, but I love that bullpen…especially that our lefties aren’t LOOGYs and can be trusted to face right handed bats

  68. That was hit well.

  69. Damn that Brett is one good reliever.

  70. Can we just bat the pitcher 9th?

  71. Wow Goins. Just….wow.

  72. Golden sombrero for Goins if he gets up again.

  73. I love Brett Lawrie, too

  74. Why is goings playing? Did Isturis die?

  75. Late innings defense. Superior glove. They’re looking for the save now

  76. oh lordy did Goggles ever school Davis there

  77. I love Brett Cecil too

  78. okay let’s weasel out one more run please…Santos is not quite in the circle of trust just yet

    • The weasel needs at least three more runs for her beloved Skanks.
      She’ll be no help tonight, I’m afraid.
      We’re on our own.

  79. Melky and his hit streak! Beauty*

    Goins should bat right handed next time up. Cant be any worse.

    Lets tag an insurance run on here in the 9th boyzzzz

  80. C’mon Santos!

  81. Filthy McNasty

  82. Wow!
    Santos isn’t scary tonight.
    Just scary good.

  83. Santos is pornographic.

  84. Holy crap is Santos disgusting

  85. Absolutely filthy dirty slider tonight

  86. That exploded.

  87. That slider was fuckin dropping off the table!

  88. Lol’s feed: “dominating performance by Jays pitchers”

  89. Fuckin A

  90. Cecil and Santos — WOW

  91. Woo!

  92. solid game…Dustin was solid, good D, bullpen slammed the door shut…wouldn’t mind seeing EE and others get it in gear, but we’ll leave that for another day…

  93. Way better feel about this team than last year this time … hardly any “look at me” mound visits by our catcher … that has GOT to help the pitchers maintain concentration.

  94. Santos is just unfair. Dirty.

  95. Why aren’t people complaining about santos. Isn’t that what you clowns do around here?

  96. That’s the type of painful loss I became used to last year. Nice to see the other team totally botch the game. Especially the Orioles. Fuck Baltimore. Fuck their players. Fuck their fans. Die.

  97. Where’s the OrioLoLs troll that used to do the Sinatra covers?

  98. made out like bandits tonight

    3 hits? starter walking a tightrope the whole game??

    no problem – Baltimore’s defense to the rescue!

  99. I am getting so wasted ceelbrating dusty

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