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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. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT200806220.shtml

    Apparently this was McGowan’s last win before today. You think the names in the Jays lineup are crazy (Joe Inglett with 3 hits anyone?), check out who had 2 RBI’s for the Bucs. Geez it’s been a while…

  2. Atta steal the Win boys – pretty clearly an injured Machado was the difference though. The lineup is painful to watch for the most part – many guys needing to step it up soon, or the wheels could easily fall off.

  3. Goins looked awful tonight, and basically the whole season thus far.

    the first thing you need to hit a baseball is some physical talent. the second is a plan when you go up to the plate. the third is some ability to recognize pitches. Goins appears to have none of those things.

    that last AB he was looking fastball and didn’t recognize or adjust the change on the first pitch, then gets beat by an 89mph fastball on the next pitch (the pitch he was probably looking for on pitch one), and then watches a meatball changeup that was easily strike three. Obviously hitting a baseball at the MLB level is a lot harder than a lot of us fans make it out to be, but Goins just looks so overmatched even compared to Diaz, who’s terrible in his own right, but at least he has some ability to lay off pitches and make a bit of contact up there.

  4. Santos was positively filthy. SSS alert but man, 4 for 4 in save opportunities. And 10 K’s in ;4.1 innings so far.

    Hopefully, Janssen comes back to reclaim an important role in the bullpen. But if Santos continues to pitch lights out and is able to maintain good FB command, Casey’s job will be the 8th inning.

    • What about using Casey in the ninth and Santos as your stopper whenever there’s a game on the line type of rally in the late going? Santos does have a tendency to be the wilder of the two, but he can get the big strikeout when you need it, and Casey tends to give up about a hit an inning, but won’t walk anybody. Then again, Santos has done nothing to lose the closer job, but I think the stopper role is even more important. It would be nice to try the unconventional bullpen setup because you should really be using your best bullpener when the game is on the line. That might piss off Santos though, considering he was almost traded this winter. What do I know though? Just a fan who’s sick of seeing the save stat lord over bullpen usage.

      • Yeah, Gibby’s a bit too infatuated with the save for my liking. Probably my biggest gripe about him.

  5. Tomorrow, April 13th, win or lose, the 2014 Blue Jays will have spent the exact same amount of games at or above .500 as the 2013 Blue Jays did ALL SEASON (9 games).

    Win or Lose

    so there’s that….

  6. Coming home for a Jays win is nice. Coming back to hear McGowan got his first win in years is lovely!

  7. Congrats dusty mcgowy!
    Ill see all of youin 12 hours ingotta go to work to put food on the table.

    Dont bake anything without me.

    Jays 2014

  8. nice to beat the orioles at their own game…solid pitching, good defence, other team makes the mistakes…

    - goins is looking really out of place at the plate

  9. Nice win, my feeble protest to Rogers was to cut my cable. They said they would have increase my internet bill by $20. I f i kept cable tv they would reduce my high speed unlimited internet by $30. So now bill with basic cable is $100 instead of $130. Guess i’m watching the Jays.

  10. Defense and a great pen is why they’ve done so well. They’re not exactly tearing the cover off the baseball – imagine if Lawrie or Rasmus could hit their weight?

    • True, but I don’t think the team, Lawrie, or Rasmus is as bad as they’ve been. They’ll get better.

      In the meantime, Lawrie and Rasmus are a big reason WHY the defense has been so good. As long as they’re contributing, I’m happy.

      • Oh, no doubt about that.
        I wasn’t complaining, per say – merely commenting on an observation.
        If we’re getting 2,3,4 runs without them…imagine what we could be getting if they were able to make contact on occasion? Would be nice if we were throwing up 5,6,7 runs a game.

  11. The Jays pitching is not good enough with this shit-tier offense. The bats need to start heating up.

  12. Anybody haven’t idea why weekend games in Baltimore seem to always start at 7? I miss me some 1 o’clock games…

  13. Thus Yankee team looks somewhat strapping.

  14. Considering how much of a car crash the rotation looked before the season started, is anyone else amazed that the Jays have won shutout games against every AL East team they’ve faced so far? I know it doesn’t count for much bit it’s encouraging at least.

    BTW, first comment here. I’m a Jays fan from just South of London ENGLAND. Hi.

  15. I’m really trying to hold my excitement on account of it being ridiculously early, but Anthony Gose has six walks in his first eight games. If he’s finally figured out the whole hitting thing, at least enough to not be a black hole on a major league team the Jays might have something. A good trade chip or replacement if one of the outfielders leaves after the season.

    • I’m not sure I ever want to see him in a starting role, but he would be a terrific 4th OF if he could be just slightly below league-average with the bat. The Jays just have zero pinch-running options right now.

      Hopefully he has better success stealing bases this year, too. Only 22 for 35 last season.

  16. So as you might recall, Dickey pitched the last game of the Jays-Astros series.

    The very next game the Astros played was against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers. Darvish one-hit the Astros through eight.

    I’m not saying that Darvish wouldn’t have one-hit the Astros without Dickey pitching before him, but the Dickey effect appears to remain alive and well.

    Notably, Darvish did not get a decision, because Scott Feldman two-hit the Rangers through seven.

  17. Anybody know if the Jays are still blacked out on MLB.tv in Canada? In the fine print of the currently posted Terms & Conditions it says they are, but I heard last year that the games actually came through anyway.

    Truth or fiction?

  18. They haven’t been for me, Drew, or many others, though some people were saying last year that they were for them. The Jays official Twitter tweeted out that you could watch the game on MLB.tv the other day, though that may have been more for fans in foreign markets than an acknowledgement that the blackout isn’t in effect here.

    Of course, even if you are, people will tell you that there are ways around it. Not people like me, but people.

  19. Terrible at bat by Melky watching the first two pitches for fastball strikes and then swinging at junk with two strikes.

  20. Ditto Joey Bats

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