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Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

So last night… that was something. The Blue Jays overcoming another stinker from R.A. Dickey, and the knuckleballer’s pouty Droopy Dog routine as John Gibbons rightfully gave him the hook in the sixth, knocking off the mighty Orioles behind a home run from Munenori Kawasaki and Rajai Davis walkoff single. The kind of win that makes you say ‘fuck yeah’, amirite?

Ten wins in a row. This is a reality facing the Blue Jays today. Let’s not kid ourselves here, though. Looking to climb a game over .500 isn’t exactly where any self-respecting Blue Jays fan envisioned this team heading into the last week of June. Still, the Jays are playing like the club we expected them to be and not like the goddamn train wreck that showed up in April.

Chien-Ming Wang takes his near 62% ground ball rate to the mound today, while the Orioles counter with Miguel Gonzalez. The unassuming right-hander held the Jays to four hits over 5.2 innings when he last faced them on May 26.

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Toronto Blue Jays v San Diego Padres

Nothing like Chien-Ming Wang taking the mound on a Sunday afternoon in search of a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, this is your game threat.

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Toronto Blue Jays v Detroit Tigers

Here we are, hurtling towards the midpoint of an otherwise disappointing season, looking for a sweep of the mighty Texas Rangers. A win will vault the Blue Jays into that magic position of just six games below .500. All joking aside, three straight wins and a shot at four today kinda maybe tips the needle of optimism in the right direction just a little.

With yesterday’s marathon 18-inning win, and a taming of the Yu in the books, it’s almost like holy shit the Blue Jays might be able to salvage this thing with a run of decency starting right now.

Josh Johnson takes the ball for the home team, while the visiting swine send M.F. Grimm to the bump.

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Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

Friday night’s 6-1 triumph over the vaunted Rangers was a pretty nice start to the weekend, although, running up against Yu Darvish in game No. 2 today may pose more of a challenge for the local nine. While Darvish takes his near 35% K rate to the hill for Texas, the Blue Jays counter with Mark Buehrle and his arsenal of shit.

Reaching three consecutive wins today would be a nice little accomplishment… the kind that might get something a little more substantial going.

Minimal changes for to the Blue Jays lineup today, but Edwin Encarnacion will swap DH duties with Adam Lind. The Rangers slot Lance Berkman in at first base, give Geovany Soto a start at catcher, and flip a few bums around in the outfield. Let’s make it two in a row versus Texas and send Josh Johnson and his finesse stuff in for the kill tomorrow, ok?

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sundaynight

Don’t you dare call it Sunday Night Baseball, this isn’t Puerto Rico in 2001. Yes, the Blue Jays and Padres will play a game at night on a Sunday in San Diego tonight, but it’s not of the ESPN variety. Nah, that stuff is reserved for the powerhouse clubs, like the Angels, Dodgers, and Cubs.

I’m not sure what will ultimately classify as ‘rock bottom’ when it comes to looking back at the 2013 Blue Jays season. Ramon Ortiz taking the hill while looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of the fucking Padres might be it.

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padrestacobell

The team from north of the border plays north of the Mexican border versus the Padres tonight in game No. 2 of three game set. Let’s hope this one doesn’t end in a Jesus Guzman walkoff in the bottom of the 36th.

No Melky tonight, so Anthony Gose gets some reps versus a left-hander. Might as well just go ahead and speed bag my own balls.

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Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays

I got nothing today. Here’s to hoping the Blue Jays can escape the top half of the first inning without spotting these overachieving shitlords a 3-run lead. Chad Jenkins will make his second start of the season, while Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound for B-More.

Give us a series split here so we can prepare for the Atlanta Braves with some semblance of optimism. Go Jays.

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