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Ahh, it’s old friends night at whatever they’re calling the Ballpark in Arlington these days (Globe Life Park, FYI), as the Jays come to visit Yu Darvish, Alex Rios, and, of course, J.P. Arencibia.

All of them are in the lineup tonight, despite the fact that one is slashing .209/.255/.401 — GUESS WHO!

We all know the story, and it’s pretty dumb, so let’s not even bother rehashing it.


The Jays will use the off-day on Monday to skip the fifth spot in their rotation, according to… everybody. All the beat guys in Texas that is, at least. How do you spell “letting Stroman have a couple better outings so they can better justify giving him the job”?

According to a tweet from Brendan Kennedy, Dioner Navarro will return to the club tomorrow. #KratzNotUp #KratzDown

Gregor Chisholm tweets that J.P. Arencibia agreed to do an interview with Sportsnet, “but twice declined to speak with print reporters.” What a cock.

Ricky Romero started for Buffalo today and walked nine in 2.2 innings. Yeesh. Hard not to feel bad for him.

The Tao of Stieb nails it: “If someone met me in April 2011 and told me the fate of Snider, Romero, Arencibia and Drabek, I’d have sworn off baseball on the spot.” Proooooobably gotta add Morrow to that list, too. Yeesh.

I’m in a car and I can’t be arsed to put the Sportsnet One cock logo below, but it sure should be. Enjoy the young boys hockey championship though.

TV: Sportsnet One

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 8:05 PM ET @ Texas, Sunday, 3:05 PM ET @ Texas

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

SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Erik Kratz (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Texas Rangers

LF Shin-Soo Choo (L)
SS Elvis Andrus (R)
3B Adrian Beltre (R)
DH Prince Fielder (L)
RF Alex Rios (R)
1B Mitch Moreland (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Leonys Martin (L)
2B Rougned Odor (L)

RHP Yu Darvish

Comments (433)

  1. Sportsnet One cock logo?

  2. If you’re Ron Washington, do you let Darvish hit and use the DH for JPA?

  3. Re: Tao, sure that’s true. But by the same token, if someone told you in 2010 what EE and Bautista were gonna be and they we’d have Reyes and Buerhle you’d be pretty damn excited.

    • Remember when most of us scoffed at the Royals asking for Snider AND Drabek for Greinke?

      Heck, maybe Stroman & Sanchez for Samardijza isn’t so crazy.

  4. stupid SN1.. anyone know a link?

  5. “Walked MINE in 2.2 innings”??

  6. Any predictions on Aaron Cibia tonight?

  7. Long weekend!! WOOOOOO. I like the basesball

  8. well at least Hutch got the same ridiculously high pitch that Darvish did.

  9. Memorial Cup is crazy entertaining. Also, the CHL All-Star game comes second only to the MLB All-Star game.
    I am putting off my shower until Arencibia’s at bat.

  10. I thought Rougned Odor was a some sort of hilarious pun that went over my head, but it seems that’s actually a guys name.

  11. MLB TV is fucked for the PlayStation so I have sneaked into my dude’s den to watch on the big computer screen. What an auspicious start to the long weekend.

  12. Good AB for Lind.

  13. nice AB by Lind. Seems like Darvish’s command is a little off, but then he’s not really a command pitcher is he?

  14. Seeing Aaron Cibia batting in the 7 spot for Texas is almost as good as the first beer of the long weekend.

  15. Aaaand heeeere weeee gooooo. JPA up to bat.

  16. .190 obp?? Can this guy get any worse?

  17. Hutch just throw him a slider in the dirt. He cant resist

  18. I know I’m an ass hole for giggling at that JPA K, but I can’t help myself.

  19. Never change Arenshitia.

  20. that’s 1 K for JPA!

  21. nothing but high hard stuff to JPA there. can’t hit it, can’t lay off.

  22. Don’t show up to the ballpark early to get your jersey unless you’re a child. Real grown ups don’t wear jerseys.

  23. On a completely unrelated topic, happy May Two Four y’all.

  24. Come on Gose….turned that into a bad AB in a hurry.

  25. I just spent a good ten minutes trying to figure out how JP is slashing .209/.255/.401 when his line this year is something like .140/.190/.245.

    I see now Stoeten was “generously” quoting his “inflated” career line.

  26. Listening to the Texas broadcast….. Yu says he has a great relationship with Arencibia because he listens and does what he’s told…..

  27. The good news is that Darvish has thrown more pitches than Hutchison.

  28. Bautista a liiittle frustrated. just can’t pick up the slider.

    and when you think you have him figured out, he drops another plus pitch on you. see Lind and the slow curve, Bautista and the cutter.

  29. Darvish with the no hitter, so far.

  30. Bautista. Yu mad bro?

  31. Man, the Jays are making Darvish look like a Cy Young Cont….. oh wait.

  32. Gose reminds me of someone in CF.

  33. Buck thinks Elvis Andrus looks good. He sound leave the homoeroticism to Tabby.

  34. Hutchison with an eight pitch inning. Perfect.

  35. All this talk about Darvish, but Hutch is doing quite well himself.

  36. That Hutch guy looks pretty good tonight too.

  37. Love Hutch. Clutchison

  38. Look who’s clogging up the bases.

  39. There goes the no hitter

  40. That was all Linds Beard. FUCK U Whirling Darvish and your bid for a NO. NO

  41. Do you think Kittenz could steal 2B with JPA throwing from his knees?

  42. Sober Jays fans – one drink for every batter in the starting 9 that Darvish DOESNT strike out

  43. Mike Weir luvin the ladies.

  44. Eddie B. Goode

  45. Great catch.

  46. I’m sorry, but Rasmus would have pussied out on that catch. Great play by Gose. That got this bird aroused!

    • Please stand on yesterday’s Sun.

    • Fair point as I don’t think Rasmus would of gotten that one either, but it’s hard to compare Rasmus and Gose’s defense as they have separate strengths.

      But I do love Gose’s speed tracking that ball down.

  47. This may be too soon to say and I’m probably gonna regret the shit, but could it the first one to score wins this thing?

  48. unreal range from Gose.

    he wasn’t even going all out for that

  49. Ten pitch inning from Hutch. 54 pitches through five. Complete game possibilities here.

  50. Gameday Scout: “Darvish may be running out of gas after 79 pitches; his fastball has dropped from a high of 95 to as low as 87.”

  51. Keep waving him off Yu

  52. Shut up Tabby, they are hitting home runs cause they can, not because of their individual approach at the plate or Seitzer’s infinite wisdom. We have two of MLB’s fucking home run studs on our team.

    • Do yourself a favour and get MLB TV and tune into the home feed. Everyone needs a break listening to Buck and Tabby once and awhile.

  53. Darvish really messing up J-Bats. Those 2 last pitches were very hittable.

  54. Darvish… is just one of those things.

    i can’t even find it in my heart to get mad at the Jays hitters. they’re just so unbelievably overmatched tonight. Jose Bautista, the best hitter in the history of our franchise and one of the most disciplined hitters in today’s game, looks like an 8 year old at the plate.

  55. Jesus Christ Kratz is abnormally large.

  56. Wow. Very impressed with Hutch.

  57. How do you even say “Rougned?”

  58. The BEARD

  59. Kittenz!

  60. 101 pitches for Darvish. I guess Texas might bring him out in the eighth, but I sure hope not.

  61. Love pitchers duels like this. My favorite game of the year so far!

  62. Hutch is deal’n tonight.

  63. This Japanese feed with Japanese commercials is awesome!

    • Hell Yes… just waitin for some odd Hollywood Celeb cameo.

      BIG HIT – Happy Body!
      -Mr. Besoburu

  64. Hutch just getting stronger later. 17 less pitches than Yu too. I hope he can go all 9.

    I think this might be Yu’s last inning regardless.

  65. Bean! This is why I love starting pitchers!!

  66. I think we may have something special here with Hutchison.

  67. Bunt that works!

  68. Another bunt that works!

  69. Apparently Gose CAN bunt………….Wow!

  70. Jose, BUNT AGAIN.

  71. Catcher reaching on the surprise bunt.

    Don’t fuck this up, Anthony.

  72. That was very Rays like. We’re going to keep bunting ’til you get us out.

  73. I was thinking that for Gose but Kratz? Way to catch me off guard

  74. Amazing bunts!!!

  75. There we go, Gose!

    I’d like to see the stats on how much more Gibbons uses the bunt this year vs. last and figure out what % of that is Gose vs. I guess Reyes? Maybe Melk and a couple others tried to bunt a few times

  76. Do you think the Rangers would expect another bunt?

  77. Zauny must be stroking himself with this manufacturing

  78. Double steal? If it wasn’t Kratz at 3rd, I’d think about it.

  79. kkkkkkk that happens.

    Just hit it high and deep Melkster!

  80. Man… Reyes almost made it interesting if Rios didn’t get to the ball.

  81. Gotta send gose. Stay out of the dp.

  82. Melky!

  83. Fuck Yu

  84. SPEED BABY!!!

  85. Melky you sexy beast

  86. is Gose ready for 4th OF?

  87. Way to Jays the Rangers on this. Make it feel like a wasted outing for Yu.

  88. Melk is clutch. Wonder if Yu will be staying

  89. Melk Man Delivers!

    I just wanna fucking dance!

  90. Darvish you pussy.

  91. He has owned Bautista all night long; why walk him?

  92. Bull shit! Let him crank one off of him. Gonna walk Eddy too aren’t ya?

  93. Gibby for manager of the year
    ..so long as he let’s Hutch go the distance!

  94. And… there’s why he walked Bautista.

  95. it’s like they went “OK boys, new strategy this inning!”

    not a bad idea with the Rangers infield probably suffering from rigor mortis

    • Games like this gets stagnant, so it was the good idea. However, if failed miserably Gibby would of looked like a fool. That’s baseball!

      • now hopefully they don’t get carried away. it’s not a magic elixir, just something to have in the bag of tricks.

  96. These Japanese commercials are just how I think they’d be satired.

    The satire is just impersonation? mind BLOWN

  97. Ok Drew. Six more outs and we’re off to the rippers!

  98. My goodness, this Korean Gingseng (made in Japan) commerical.

  99. Zaun is going to throw his shoulder out patting himself on the back so much!

    • Too funny, I can picture it easily in my mind while Jamie is giving him the eye roll! lol

  100. for all his faults i really like having anthony gose on the roster. suck shit if you disagree

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