OK, so obviously that’s not a picture of Big Hirok above there, but it is a picture of his mound opponent, Drew Hutchison, who is having a very nice year so far for the Jays, even though of late he’s alternated between good starts and bad. One earned over 5.2 against the Red Sox, then five in five against the Rays (albeit in a win). Seven three-hit shutout innings against the Tigers, then five runs in three innings against the Cards. Seven strong and none earned in Baltimore, then four in 4.1 against these bloody Yanks.

So… I’m not super into this pattern continuing, but if it wants to for just one more start, considering he’s due a gem, I can live with that. Especially since it would obviously be real fucking nice to return the favour that the Yankees did to us last week and sweep them.

Right? So let’s do it!


First off, Drew’s piece for theScore in which he interviews Marcus Stroman is awesome, and even though I’m going to link it again the next time I do a Daily Duce, I can’t wait that long to share it. Read it.

As you can see below, Edwin Encarnacion is evidently fine, as he’s in the lineup. Adam Lind is apparently OK to play through some pain, too, because he’s in at first base while Edwin — who John Gibbons told reporters last night merely had a “fat lip” — takes a night at DH. So, the Twitter doctors can slither back down their holes now, I guess. It’s possible to hit your head pretty fucking hard and not get a concussion, by the way.

John Lott tweets that even Edwin himself is amazed that he suffered no ill effects of the blow from Teixeira.

Speaking of the lineup, um… I cannot fathom there being an actual, reasonable, non-microsplit reason for Colby Rasmus to be hitting below Navarro and Francisco tonight. Can. Not. (Gibby still the best, though.)

I really should have used this as the image in last night’s Half-Assed DJF Post-Game (HADPG? Y’know, the ol’ Had Pig), because it remains amazing.

Barry Davis tweets that Jose Bautista says his hamstring is feeling better, but that he won’t be available for at least the next few days. Ugh.

On the possibility of Jose pinch hitting, Megan Robinson tweets that John Gibbons says it’s possible, but he really wants to make sure his star slugger is “good to go” before using him.

Megan also tells us that, when asked at what point he starts to get excited about where his team is in the standings, Gibbers replied, “three weeks ago.” NAILS MUCH?

Back to Drew, as he tweets that the fans in the stands at the Rogers Centre were clapping as Tim Lincecum got the final outs of his no hitter today, which was shown live on the Jumbotron. Cool stuff, though… the folks there that early probably tend to be the more eager baseball fans, right? I’m kinda just making that up, but… seems reasonable. (Also of note: TimmyTheBest.)

Pro tip: Search FanGraphs for “Big Hirok” and after Kuroda the suggestion is “Big Jeff Pfeffer”. (He was 6’1 185, FYI).

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. White Sox

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)
1B Adam Lind (L)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
RF Anthony Gose (R)

RHP Drew Hutchison

New York Yankees

LF Brett Gardner (L)
SS Derek Jeter (R)
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
1B Mark Teixeira (S)
DH Carlos Beltran (S)
RF Ichiro! (L)
2B Brian Roberts (S)
3B Kelly Johnson (L)
C Francisco Cervelli (R)

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Comments (250)

  1. Scoring more runs than the other team is better than scoring less

  2. Out!

  3. Shag off Girardi

  4. Dinner with some take out.

  5. Unfortunately Downs lost Chris Davis and now Nelson Cruz is the tying run at the plate with the bases loaded :(

  6. I didn’t see one spot where Kawi tagged him. think they mat’ve got lucky.

  7. And just like that the game is tied. Cruz hit a slam.

  8. However what is amazing is here I’m checking the other scores and calculating how many games back our competition will be if these scores hold. It’s the freakin’ end of June and I’m working out how many games back *the other guys* are gonna be!

  9. Here is something that will surprise most of us … look at the last 6 games with the Yankees and guess which team saw the most pitches ….

    Well without belabouring the point … the Jays did, by a substantial margin, really substantial … even in the NY series the Jays saw, if I remember correctly 5 more pitches, but in this series it is more like 60 more at the moment … don’t quote me on the exact number … but THIS is for real important in terms of quieting our nervous energy about the sustainability of a Jays run towards the playoffs … add the run differential and feel good, at least for now.

  10. Dinner!

  11. Swing that fat stick Fat Juan

  12. Is pitch tracker drunk or am I? Or both?

  13. Predictable finish

  14. Shades of JPA

  15. jobu no help me hit curveball

    • Yeah, but when Jobu doesn’t help him he’s supposed to say, “you no come to me now, I say ‘fuck you Jobu’ I do it myself”.

      I don’t see him doing that.

  16. Francisco needs to be dfa’d. The cinderella period is over

  17. Yup

  18. Boo

  19. Well shit.

    8 and 9 hitters in the 9th?

    Do we see Jose or Glenn?

  20. I want to put in a few props to Redmond for the last pitch on Jeter … instead of walking unfortunately, throw it down the middle, “Hit this”

  21. anyone understand why gose didn’t just catch that foul ball?

  22. Just tag him …

    Maybe don’t throw Tex anymore change-ups

  23. Geez Navarro is pretty damn good with that throw.

  24. Fucking love it

  25. OK JB in for Gose and hits a 2 run dinger.

  26. We are doing everything right tonight. Let’s hope the baseball Gods give us the nod.

  27. At this point Rasmussen’s outing is the “turning point of the game”.

  28. Two runs here would lead to a victory

  29. Opening a fresh tall boy. Hoping for a rally

  30. At this point we have beaten the Yanks on everything except the scoreboard … so, puleeze don’t be upset if the sweep is not completed; a point has been made … no need to fear the Yankees this year. Just play them hard and win some more games … Go Jays!

    As is par for this course, I am unusually aided and abetted by some neat Bombay Gin this evening and it has greased my fingers, it would seem. Let’s make Girardi pay for “over-using” his closer

  31. Gose ??wtf ???

  32. I no longer love Bob Banterman.

  33. Lowering my expectations, don’t think Gose will get on.

  34. “Gose 0 for 3. Anthony Gose 0 for 3″

    Oh Buck <3

  35. Not even a cock tease in the ninth.

  36. Fawk pissed we lost but real happy with the way the team played. They looked good.

  37. Baltimore in a rain delay.

  38. Series win against the Stanks. I’ll take it.

    • + now we can go back to being friends!

    • I’ll way more than take it. The games in NY were far closer than they seemed at the time, disappointment and all factoring in to the felt experience. This team is showing a lot more than any team in recent Jays memory, and in surprising ways … Like TEAM effort which, I believe, means more than “chemistry” … back and forth as to who is contributing, but showing “character” whatever that is, more … Seitzerizing the hitters has improved things and looks like it is an alive, growing phenomenon …I love the way he pays attention to the game in progress … and that the hitters come up to him to chat …

      Now just teach Gose to bunt, willya>

  39. Boston led 2-0, Seattle just scored 3 on a couple dingers to lead 3-2. Buccholz still seems broken.

  40. Honourable mention to Redmond. All the guy does every game is stop the bleeding and right the ship.

    • ^This^ .. what I meant above by everyone finding a way to contribute and he has been huge … way better than lower the bar this season … an unsung but really as significant role as closer added up over a whole season … you’ll find such a guy on most winning teams …The John MacDonald of pitching does not overstate it.

  41. and much gratios to AS for the selling of Drew’s Stroman interview … let’s get a master hypnotist to install that program into Brandon Morrow, and reboot it in Drew H … too be fair he made it back by the end of tonights outing … a pitcher cannot succeed when pitching scared … that was what everyone said about Drew in the spring (no fear) and into the season … lately, not so much, but tonight he made his way all the way back. Strike out the side in the 6th is an exclamation point …

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