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No matter how bad things can get, there’s always the thrill of beating the everloving piss out of the Houston Astros. The Blue Jays look to make it three in a row versus the American League West’s n00bs. It’s Dallas Keuchel versus the ghost of Josh Johnson. Gimme some double digit strikeouts!

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Edwin Encarnacion became just the second Blue Jay in 37-years to club two home runs in the same inning last night. How about that?

The great John Lott on the great Tom Cheek finally getting his due in Cooperstown.

Jose Reyes posted a photo of himself and Jay-Z to his Instagram account on Friday. I suppose that’s soemthing.

The Phillies appear to be the winners in the Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez sweepstakes. They can have him at that cost.

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Game Threat: Jays @ Orioles

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Yup, this right here is your game threat.

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TV: Sportsnet One 

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
LF Emilio Bonifacio (S)

RHP Josh Johnson

Baltimore Orioles

LF Nate McLouth (L)
3B Manny Machado (R)
RF Nick Markakis (L)
CF Adam Jones (R)
1B Chris Davis (L)
C Matt Wieters (S)
SS J.J. Hardy (R)
DH Chris Dickerson (L)
2B Brian Roberts (S)

RHP Scott Feldman

Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners

Rogers Baseball Operations’ first son returns today as the Blue Jays face the Orioles. Brett Lawrie has risen, and he will play second base in game two of this three game set. Hands up if you predicted that the best the Jays could do would be two games under .500 at the all-star break. Now quietly go fuck yourself if you were bang-on.

Scuttlebutt

As expected, and noted by everyone who covers the team, Munenori Kawasaki has been optioned to Buffalo to make room for Canadian Jesus.

John Lott provides an update on Kyle Drabek’s latest appearance.

Wilner with a quote from Gibbons, who says it doesn’t matter if Lawrie struggles because things can’t get much worse. Gibby owns, btw.

Elsewhere, the Houston Astros extended Jose Altuve, yet he still stands 5’5″.

Not to dump on Vernon Wells, but holy balls this throw from Aaron Hicks.

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Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

This won’t be much of a game threat, because holiday and stuff. Happy Canada Day to all. Flags on hats.

Anyway, Mark DeRosa will occupy the cleanup spot today, and R.A. Dickey is making his first start since tuning the Rays last week. Adam Lind is out of the lineup due to back pain, which he hopes to avoid hitting the DL with.

Today is a landmark day in Blue Jays television history as the game will be shown on theScore Television Network Sportsnet 360. It’s Rogers’ new channel, which used to be theScore, but will just look like the rest of the Sportsnet channels, but promises to be cooler.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Mark DeRosa (R)
LF Rajai Davis (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C Josh Thole (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Detroit Tigers

CF Austin Jackson (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
3B Miguel Cabrera (R)
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Victor Martinez (S)
SS Jhonny Peralta (R)
2B Omar Infante (R)
LF Andy Dirks (L)
C Brayan Pena (S)

LHP Jose Alvarez

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The Blue Jays look to split a four game set in Boston this afternoon as Mark Buehrle is set to face Ryan DeMOPster and his superflous glove waggle. We head into this afternoon’s contest with some optimism thanks to Jose Bautista knocking the shit out of the ball all afternoon on Saturday.

No scuttlebutt today as I have a meeting with my friends 27 degrees, patio, and beer. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend, and go Jays.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
LF Rajai Davis (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)

LHP Mark Buehrle

Boston Red Sox

CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
RF Shane Victorino (S)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
LF Jonny Gomes (R)
DH Mike Napoli (R)
1B Daniel Nava (S)
C Ryan Lavarnway (R)
SS Jose Iglesias (R)
3B Brandon Snyder (R)

RHP Ryan Dempster

Toronto Blue Jays v Atlanta Braves

The Blue Jays can reach the coveted .500 mark with a win in Boston this afternoon… no, wait, yes it was last week when that was a thing. The local nine find themselves back in the familiar position of last place in the American League East, complete with a sub-.500 record. This season, man.

Negativity aside, today presents an excellent opportunity to get off to a nice little run of victories again. It’s just that, y’know, we’re gonna need some starting pitching to do so.

It’s Esmil Rogers day in Boston, while the Massholes counter with Felix Doubront.

Scuttlebutt

John Lott on Gibbons keeping Bautista locked in to the two-hole, despite his recent slump.

Nothing to worry about with Brett Lawrie missing from the lineup at A-Dunedin, as Griff informs us that he’s attending his sister’s wedding. Double fisting Red Bull and vodka FTW.

An MRI revealed tendinitis in Melky Cabrera’s left knee, nothing more as Shi Davidi notes.

Some terrible to pass along here news as former Blue Jay Justin Miller was found dead at the age of 35.

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Game Threat: Jays Vs. Orioles

This will be your game threat. Go Jays.