Not counting last night, since the All-Star break the Jays have lost the first game of a series five times, and have ended up winning four of those series’, with only a painful 2-1 loss to Miguel Gonzalez and the Orioles at Rogers Centre, as they failed to capitalize on a tremendous eight-inning, 12-strikeout performance from tonight’s starter, J.A. Happ, preventing them from being five-for-five.

Does that mean they’re in a great position tonight, despite’s last night’s drubbing? Well… no. It just doesn’t mean they aren’t, either.

And their position is strengthened quite tremendously by the fact that Adam Lind will return to the lineup tonight, hitting behind Jose Bautista in the cleanup spot that’s been far, far too long vacant of his or Edwin Encarnacion’s bat. The reinforcements are coming. The Jays held on as best they could, and from this point things should get real interesting.

Now don’t fuck it up!


Jose Reyes back in the lineup tonight. Sigh of relief.

Gregor Chisholm tweets that the Jays don’t have Aaron Sanchez, Chad Jenkins, or Todd Redmond available in the bullpen tonight. Otherwise, they’re good to go.

Brendan Kennedy writes in the Toronto Star about J.A. Happ, who has a 1.71 ERA since the All-Star break. Holy!

Meanwhile, in the National Post, John Lott writes about Colby Rasmus, who is not having the kind of contract year he’d hoped for. He also talks to R.A. Dickey about the constant adjustments the Jays’ nominal ace has to make, navigating the deep lineups of the American League with his trick pitch.

The Jays announced today that Neil Wagner will have Tommy John surgery. Ouch.

They also announced, which I don’t think I’ve mentioned on here anywhere (because it’s so screamingly obvious after last night), that Brad Mills was D’d FA in order to make room for the club to activate Adam Lind.

At FanGROFs, Drew wrote about the Orioles’ offence, which, somewhat infuriatingly, continues steaming along. Ugh.

Mike Harrington tweets that Bisons manager Gary Allenson says that Edwin Encarnacion will play first base tomorrow night, and his position for Thursday’s game is TBA. (The Jays have an off-day on Thursday, by the way).

“I don’t run hard, but just try to control my running style, so it will be alright,” says Edwin, according to a tweet from Harrington. (Commas mine). Hmmm.

“I know I ruffled some feathers. I made my apologies and it’s no longer a story,” says Adam Lind of the stuff about his mom telling him to get an MRI, according to a tweet from Barry Davis.

Harring also tweets that Kevin Pillar has been killing it lately, or something. Still doesn’t walk, though.

I’m involved in the next edition of Pitch Talks, which will be taking place a week from Thursday, along with a host of great panelists: Stacey May Fowles, Jenn Smith, Erin Valois, Shi Davidi, Sid Seixeiro and Jeremy Taggart. Get your tickets here.

I also do believe that a week from tonight, Tuesday, with the Jays in Milwaukee, seems like a good time to have a little DJF shindig over at Opera Bob’s. Watch for more info! Though… that’s pretty much the info. Just come drink and eat hot dogs and watch baseball.

Lastly, since Facebook changed its algorithms with respect to sharing, it’s really become a much more powerful social media tool, and so it’s probably in your best interest to just go right ahead and like DJF on Facebook, so that you can get everything that’s posted here injected straight into your feed-veins. Do it.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 10:10 PM ET @ Seattle

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)
DH Adam Lind (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Seattle Mariners

CF Austin Jackson (R)
LF Dustin Ackley (L)
2B Robinson Cano (L)
DH Kendrys Morales (S)
3B Kyle Seager (L)
RF Chris Denorfia (R)
C Mike Zunino (R)
1B Logan Morrison (L)
SS Chris Taylor (R)

RHP Chris Young

Comments (250)

  1. Jays bats need to wake up. Cant afford another asskicking at the hands of a wildcard rival

  2. What kind of effort was that by Reyes ?

  3. Yeah, that pitch wasn’t too intentional

  4. So, if DJ Qualls was a 6’10″ shitballer, he’d be Chris Young, right?

  5. I thought Seattle’s offense sucked?

  6. The jays are not playing well. Hahahaha

  7. Fat Juan is a five-tool player

  8. Alright. Time to get the shit together

  9. it WOULD be the jays that make the M’s look like an offensive juggernaut smh…

  10. So asshole ump is giving young the high AND low strike and happ neither

  11. Why is Colby hitting?

  12. Not sure why reimold didn’t hit for colby

  13. Well, they got a guy to second. That’s like half a run, no?

  14. We are approaching the mlb record for weak flyouts to right

  15. Fuck. 1 – 3 – 1 line through 6 is pretty sad..

  16. Blue jays cooking up something good

  17. Good thing he didn’t hit a home run, right?

  18. I think our record against bearded relievers might be decent since the break.

  19. Hey a bullet left for pinch hitting, but with RIS this time!

  20. So that’s the Monster Truck that bean weasel has lambasted.
    Just awful. Like a mix between Nickelback and Staind.

  21. Man, i thought that was gone

  22. [Clown stuff].

  23. [ llort garbage ]

  24. { llort garbage }

  25. [ llort egbarag }

  26. llort egabrag

  27. [Idiocy].

  28. That was upsetting

  29. That is a god damned killer

  30. Can anyone play this fucking game?

  31. [Clown stuff].

  32. [Clown stuff].

  33. Bruu-tal

  34. Colby dialled in..

  35. Strong shoulders, strong upper body

  36. [Clown stuff].

  37. Nice AB Colby – ha ha

  38. Sounds like Tabby wants him some dark chocolate if you know what I’m saying…

  39. [Clown stuff].

  40. Helmet on the ground strike out for gose?

  41. Don’t think there’s a closer I dislike more than this idiot.

  42. Are you fucking joking me

  43. [Clown garbage].

    • What a sad fucking life that must lead this person to keep doing this shit over and over, day after day, eh?

      • You got to him so quickly I didn’t even get to see his shit, but yes, sad indeed.

        Shit Stoeten, if you’re bored you might as well have a little fun with this stuff. You can do light years better than [Garbage clown], etc.

        • Fuck that. It’s annoying enough to do that for all the times this shitstain tries and fails to comment here. He obviously doesn’t value his time, but I value mine. I only do even that much because it puts the comments out of sequence just to delete them.

          At least dealing with it is my job, though. His excuse for not doing anything else with his time is just… sad.

  44. Seems like all the enthusiasm of the 19 inning game has been dissipated

  45. I am looking forward to the return of the parrot however

  46. Out catching Guardians for the second time
    How was the game, besides the result obviously?

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