The Jays are in Minnesota to take on the Twins here on Jackie Robinson Day– the 67th anniversary of Robinson’s first game in the major leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers, following an astonishing (.349/.468/.462!) single season in this country with the Montreal Royals.

Sadly, I don’t have the time to write out all the thoughts I have on why this is such an important day, and something that baseball actually, somehow, manages to do right by continuing to celebrate. Sure, the league is sort of patting itself on the back for being the incubator for a powerful story of perseverance and humanity overcoming hate in the midst of an era where basic civil rights of the kind that it’s so easy for so many of us to simply take for granted needed to be fought for — the kind of story that both transcends sports and underscores the power that sport can have to effect change and impart powerful ideas to broader society — when the reality is that it was baseball’s own racist policies that were being broken down. But I suppose that they don’t hide from that is itself a signal of progress — not that they really ever had a choice.

But… well… this isn’t about the league itself anyway, nor is it about the long way that the world still has to go, despite 67 years of that progress. It’s about the triumph of what’s decent and right, and a celebration of a man who, to make the world a better place, faced more pressure and vitriol than any man should, as one of the faces of a struggle for a people that faced imposed disadvantages and hatred more than any people should, and simultaneously for the basic right to freedom for all people.

There’s no more important figure in the game, and like I say, MLB surprisingly actually gets this one right.


It is cold in Minnesota in April. Think you might hear about this a couple more times before the game is over.

The Jays announced today that Jeremy Jeffress has cleared waivers and been assigned to Buffalo — meaning that the eight-man bullpen thing worked… the first time. Guess we’re doing it again, though. Marcus Walden was D’d FA in order to make room on the 40-man for Munenori Kawasaki, who we’d known since Sunday was on his way up — and he is indeed with the team tonight, bizarrely starting in the two-spot (though at least he’ll take some pitches and maybe get on base, right? Right???). (Note: Drew nailed it.)

Another lineup note: Colby Rasmus sits tonight with a tight hamstring — which he was removed from Sunday’s game for. Makes sense given the cold, and the fact that if he were to do something to make it worse, they couldn’t retroactively DL him. Best to just wait until it’s right. Especially since, even though they’re 6-6, judging by their lineup, I have no idea how these Twins have managed to win a game.

Scott MacArthur adds that he spoke to Colby, who says his hamstring is feeling much better, and that he hopes to play tomorrow. Brendan Kennedy tweets that John Gibbons also notes that Moises Sierra has hit Phil Hughes better in a small sample, as well, so… y’know… microsplits. (FYRE GOBBONS!!!!!!)

About that, though. Gregor Chisholm tweets that Gibbons says that with more cold forecast for tomorrow, don’t be surprised if Colby gets another day off.

Better news: Kennedy also tweets that Jose Reyes is now scheduled to play for Dunedin tonight and tomorrow, and the Blue Jays on Friday in Cleveland, barring setback. That’ll play.

One more from Kennedy, who adds that Casey Janssen doesn’t have as structured a rehab program as yet — he’ll throw 25 pitches today and they’ll take it from there.

Janssen is throwing, and @stivbators tells us that various guns have his fastball at 86-88. Yeesh.

J.A. Happ still thinks he’s a starter, and isn’t particularly thrilled with being in the bullpen. Fair enough, it’s just, y’know, pitch your way out of it, then.

“Fans of an outdoor stadium in Toronto should heed this week’s attendance in Minnesota,” tweets @mattomic. “From 5° to -1 with chance of flurries each game.” (See, I told you that you might hear about this.)

Shirtless Melky Cabrera? Shirtless Melky Cabrera. (Shirtless Melky).

Padres reporter Corey Brock tweets that Josh Johnson has an upcoming visit with Dr. James Andrews, while Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported last night that Rays pitcher Matt Moore will have Tommy John surgery and is out for the year.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game: Tomorrow, 8:10 PM ET, @ Minnesota

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app.

And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
RF Moises Sierra (R)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
SS Ryan Goins (L)

RHP Brandon Morrow

Minnesota Twins

2B Brian Dozier (R)
1B Joe Mauer (L)
3B Trevor Plouffe (R)
RF Chris Colabello (R)
LF Jason Kubel (L)
DH Josmil Pinto (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
CF Aaron Hicks (S)
SS Pedro Florimon (S)

RHP Phil Hughes

Comments (396)

  1. Typical Kawasaki at-bat. Guy knows how to make the pitcher work!

  2. Hope Lind’s OK

  3. 1.250 OPS for Muni on the season! :)

  4. Thole, you are useless. Can’t even lay down a damn bunt. There’s literally only 2 guys I feel comfortable asking to bunt. Diaz and Muni.

  5. damn, Lind maybe hurt. always a risk for muscle strains when the weather is like this

  6. Is Lind hurt or was he just pulled? Watching the Minny broadcast and they never even realized it wasn’t Lind

  7. Lower back tightness?!!?! Time to hit the sauna.

  8. Did anyone else think that the combination of cold weather and Jackie Robinson day was the perfect convergence for Bautista coming to bat for Goins and Sierra

    (hey dudes with balaclavas and 42 jerseys, whose to know)

  9. Maybe they just had Lind fake his back tightness to get Thole some practice bunting.

  10. I’m going to watching curling just to see Muirhead.

  11. Cmon Sox, beat them Sox.

  12. I think I’m starting to take this bullpen for granted.

  13. looks like when i swap to the computer i become dusty lover again.

    How drunk was I that night?

  14. The Minny guys have just now realized Lind was removed

  15. Do some people still refer to the Twins as Twinks; I think one of their fan blogs uses the word.


  16. I was on the subway when the power went out. My first thought was to find a bar with power so that I could watch baseball. I think I found the only bar in the power-outage affected area with power. What luck!

    But I’m home now. Power came back on right after I found my flashlight. Exhausting day of shopping, power outage, taxi hunting…

    Now what’s up with Lind’s groin?

  17. Ha, so I’ve been dating this lovely hippie girl for about a month now and I’m already in deep shit.

    Apparently “because the Jays are playing” isn’t a good reason to get drunk on a Tuesday.

    Additionally, “get a job” isn’t a great response.

  18. What’s up with Goggles?

  19. Diaz was sent down right? That’s why Gibby still has Goins out at ss right?

  20. This is how our team would play if we had an outdoor stadium like Target Field. Dedicate the Dome to a minor league team and make Buffalo the AA team. Develop our prospects in the legendary SkyDome. Have a fan following them while the Jays just deal on the field in the cold Canadian spring.

  21. Gonna be all alone at first in the ALE in late April! Baby steps.

  22. Not trying to sound like this but kinda funny that most of the Latino players wearing balaclavas in the cold weather of Minneapolis!

  23. “McGowan will go on Saturday.”

    How long is this series, Buck?!?!?

  24. Three straight walks?

  25. Wow.

  26. Boy Canada!!?


  28. impressive

  29. Canadian Jesus lives!

  30. Wow. Really thought Brett was going to strike out.


  32. Can we just go back to all the people freaking out over a 2-0 deficit right now?

    • This game pisses me off. Actual good teams beat scrubs like the Twins. Fuck this loser team. Goddamned Blue Jays…



  35. Canadian Jesus!

  36. Is Ricky Vaughn suddenly pitching? 3 walks then the slam? Lawrie runs into another one!


    Fuck yeah

  38. “If you’re gonna load the bases in front of me, I’m gonna make you pay.” Hey, at least Tabby is speaking from personal experience on that one.

  39. I feel like the Twins manager, if he was awake, should have taken the pitcher out after three straight walks. Not to mention, he just almost walked Goins. But hey, who am I to judge.

  40. Tuned in for 8th and beyond. Yusssss.

  41. El Salami Grande!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Another homerun ends a rally… when will they learn *headshake*

  43. Analyzing this thread is like analyzing a schizophrenic bi-polar retard.

  44. Oh that slider…I love that pitch so much

  45. Evankaaaaa!!!

  46. Happy as fuck Santos wasn’t traded

  47. We’re fucked! Jump off.the boat while theres still time!!!!!

  48. Joe Mauer strikes out three times tonight? Wee-ow. My presence is indeed missed.

    Also, this must be Buck’s favourite night of the year as he has a semi-plausible excuse for fucking up everyone’s name.

  49. Don’t care what Buck says, I’d have left Delabar in there. Closers in non-leverage, non-save situations = suck.

    • I think Santos has done this in 3 of his 4 innings pitched, nothin new.
      Prob w/ Delabar was prob him sitting on the bench getting cold for 15 mins, who knows what it does to that steel plate of his.

    • Buck now agrees with you. Stating firmly that sending in your closer in a non-save situation “never works out”.

  50. congrats to Brett n the great slam-hope it gets him going. The BP having to go over 5 is never a good thing-once in awile-ok but the starters have to go deeper.
    I like the ninja outfits worn by the Dominicans ( Except for Melky). Supposed to be even colder tomorrow so protect those hammies guys!

  51. How happy are both teams that this game is over?

  52. Very nice.
    Thole didn’t have to bail out Santos.
    See you tomorrow night.

  53. Lovely game

  54. well, hard to believe but tomorrow night conditions may be worse than tonight:

    Snow and colder temps


  55. 31 hits and 20 runs in the past two games. Yowza

  56. Holy shit Lawrie talks like my coked out roommate

  57. Meanwhile, probably dodged a bullet with that qualifying offer right there:


  58. That Lawrie interview was gold – even for his Red Bull lovin self, that was some FAST talkin cliches. Sped up to get the helllllll inside the locker room!

  59. April 15th and alone in 1st place plus the only AL East team with a positive Run Differential (+11) – noice!!

  60. I would highly recommend anyone who sees this to quickly turn on the Dodgers/Giants game and look at Lincecum’s entry into ‘Worst ‘stache ever’ competition.
    It makes even fake mustache’s look good.

  61. Closers aren’t effective in non-save situations cause they dont have adrenalin going.

    Amazing how Buck and Tabby can just totally disregard logic in their meandering babble. It couldnt be that that his hands are cold and dry and he just can’t locate, like every other pitcher that played in this game.

    good win today. got away with the un-ideal OF setup and a couple misadventures on defense. the pitchers really gutted this one out, particularly the bullpen. I agree with Stoeten, no idea how these twins won 6 games.

  62. Man, I love those red hot bats

  63. Why the fuck were folks in here losing their shit when it was 2-0?

    And when is the Getting Blanked podcast returning?

  64. Jeff Passan ‏@JeffPassan ·50 mins
    Sources: Padres worried Josh Johnson needs Tommy John surgery. Would be 22nd known case in Year of Tommy John

  65. Gregor Chisholm ‏@gregorMLB ·17 secs
    Lind: “It has been bothering me for four days. We were doing everything we could. It was time

    Gregor Chisholm ‏@gregorMLB ·2 mins
    Lind on his back injury: “I hope I feel better tomorrow, but that would be a miracle.”

    Gregor Chisholm ‏@gregorMLB ·9 mins
    Lind compared the soreness to what he dealt with in 2011-12. Went on DL both years, hopes to avoid that this time but too early to say

  66. Dear Lind…if it was bothering you for four days why didnt you sit your ass ALL THE WAY OUT and do some yoga and deadlifts to strengthen that shit out. Wasn’t he doing yoga a lot a year ago?

    • Hahaha…. yeah, it’s been bothering him for 4 days, he has a fulltime training staff on 24/7 call, he has 20 hours a day not playing baseball, and you KNOW he did NOTHING ABOUT IT. Wow.

      Also — deadlifts? To fix a whonky lower back? Yep, that’ll work, training genius.

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