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A lot of new faces are with the Jays tonight… and sitting on the bench. A lot of new faces that I… haven’t quite gotten around to writing much about just yet. So score one for me, I guess! John Gibbons has chosen not to throw any of his new guys straight into the fire, even if it means Kevin Pillar and Danny Valencia facing a right-handed pitcher and Munenori Kawasaki playing.

I get wanting to let guys get a little bit acclimatized to their new environment and all that stuff, but… well… I guess what I don’t get is Kevin Pillar and Danny Valencia facing a right-handed pitcher (Pillar more than Valencia, because I think we can all agree that Juan Francisco probably shouldn’t see the light of day any longer), and picking Kawasaki’s bat over Goins’ defence at this point.

Meh, I guess. Just struck me as odd is all. Doesn’t mean some of them can’t be used later in the game.

And hopefully it doesn’t matter much what the lineup looks like anyway, as R.A. Dickey gets a precious dome start, and will ideally get the Jays off to a winning start in a series they really need to win, and certainly could use sweeping, in a place where they haven’t actually taken a series since approximately the paleolithic era.

Meaningful-ish Septemeber baseball has arrived-ish!

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Seriously, though. Reaaaaaally thought the bottom of the lineup might look a little better than that, given all the recent call-ups.

Scott MacArthur tweets that John Gibbons says Brett Cecil is “hanging” and won’t be available tonight, nor will Daniel Norris — he’ll be available starting tomorrow.

Brendan Kennedy notes that there was a late lineup change today, with Edwin Encarnacion moving to DH and Adam Lind shifting to first, where EE was originally going to be. Don’t particularly care for the connotations of that, but at least Eddie’s still playing, right?

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Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 PM ET @ Tampa

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 Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)
C Josh Thole (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Tampa Bay Rays

2B Ben Zobrist (S)
RF Wil Myers (R)
LF Matt Joyce (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
DH David DeJesus (L)
C Ryan Hanigan (R)
CF Kevin Kiermaier (L)

RHP Jeremy Hellickson

Visual approximation of Mike Wilner taking JaysTalk calls about Derek Jeter.

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OK, OK, we’ll do a proper game threat. Yes, it’s been a lazy couple of days ’round here on DJF mountain. Don’t expect that to continue next week, but it seemed as good a time as any to check out for a little bit — even though I actually was at Rogers Centre for the past two games, the latter of which was one of the most enjoyable of the season (at least among those I’ve been to, I think) — and to give the ol’ mind brain a reset. Which I’m totally going to keep doing over the long weekend, I suspect, unless anything too crazy happens.

This, of course, will mean there will be no weepy paeans to Deh-reck Jeet-ah from these parts, as “the captain” makes his last appearance in Toronto, save for an unlikeliest-of-unlikely trip back here during the post-season. He’s had a pretty terrific career, though, obviously, and it’ll actually kinda be nice this weekend that Jays fans won’t reflexively boo him just because he’s the only name on the other team that half of them recognize. Y’know?

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Meh. Oh, except for this!…

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Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:07 PM ET vs. New York (AL); Sunday, 1:07 PM ET vs. New York (AL)

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)
C Dioner Navarro (R)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
2B Steve Tolleson (R)
DH Colby Rasmus (L)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)

LHP Mark Buehrle

Poo Yuck Stankees

CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
SS Derek Jeter (R)
3B Martin Prado (R)
1B Mark Teixeira (S)
C Brian McCann (L)
DH Carlos Beltran (S)
LF Brett Gardner (L)
RF Ichiro Suzuki (L)
2B Stephen Drew (L)

LHP Chris Capuano

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HELLO KEVIN PIL– … wait… huh? He’s not even in the lineup?

Fuck, I don’t know.

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Well, if the accumulation of a massive amount of season-saving wins is going to start somewhere, where better than at home against the Red Sox, and against Clay Buchholz in what’s been an abysmal year for him (even though his peripherals don’t look too different than they ever are at all)?

Not that we’re at the stage where the Jays can pick and choose who they get hot against, mind you. Things are bleak. The winning has to start now. It might not even matter if it does. Etc. etc. etc.

Nice day, though, eh? And baseball!

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Megan Robinson tweets that John Gibbons says Casey Janssen and Dustin McGowan are getting the night off tonight, with Brett Cecil and Aaron Loup expected to be used in the 8th and 9th innings.

Mike Wilner adds that Gibbers was sure to “relay confidence” in Janssen as he noted that he was being given the night off.

Jose Bautista still doesn’t think he should have been ejected.

Talk about the mushy middle: the Jays went into this game 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot and 5.5 games out of landing a protected draft pick next June. With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy for stealing his shtick, you might be a garbage clown if… you think the Jays should tank for the protected pick instead of doing everything they possibly can to get back in the race.

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

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

LHP J.A. Happ

Boston Red Sox

SS Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
RF Yoenis Cespedes (R)
DH Mike Napoli (R)
1B Allen Craig (R)
RF Daniel Nava (S)
3B Will Middlebrooks (R)
CF Mookie Betts (R)
C Christian Vasquez (R)

RHP Clay Buchholz

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Ugh. Win one already.

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Yep. Reaaaaally going to want to start winning some of these games here. A nice little hot stretch starting right now would do wonders for how exciting things could get in September — and it still might not even matter, given the way that some of the teams around them have played of late.

There should be zero belief in anybody’s mind that on talent the Jays truly are, as Megan Robinson notes, the MLB-worst 4-11 team, outscored 81-46, that they’ve been so far in August. But that doesn’t mean they’re due for a good stretch and to find some equilibrium, either.

It might happen, and they sure could use it happening, but most likely they’ll play out the string as the just-above-.500 team that they’ve been all year. Yet that still could keep things exciting: playing merely at the .512 clip they’ve played this year for the final 37 games would give the Jays 19 more wins — they’d finish at 83-79. Not great, but they’d need only to turn a few extra losses into wins to get themselves real close to legitimately being in the conversation.

In other words, not only is someone saying now that it’s over a garbage clown, they’re also simply wrong.

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The NL is dumb, so Adam Lind sits tonight, while Juan Francisco is in at third.

A sign that the Jays maybe aren’t full-on desperate-desperate? No Encarnacion or Bautista at third. It’s got to be a temptation, but I completely understand not doing it — and I suspect there are as many aghast that Francisco is playing as there would be at the thought of risking either of those two out of position, which ought to be telling.

Just spitballin’ here, but this series could be Juan Francisco’s last hurrah. I doubt it — they’re so close now to when rosters expand — but Ryan Goins will be eligible to return on the weekend, and you might want to go defence-first with the roster spot. They should probably at least consider it, though Danny Valencia against RHP may be the least bad of all worlds anyway.

Giving JuanFran a chance against the team that released him this spring might just be the spark that gets him going again, thought someone somewhere. Probably.

Today in #GibbyTheBest, Brendan Kennedy tweets that John Gibbons said that Melky Cabrera took it upon himself to bunt in the first inning of Sunday’s loss, adding, “Sometimes when you play for one run, that’s all you get. We might’ve scored those five or six.” (No, he’s not blaming Melky for the loss.)

In case you missed it, those of you in Toronto are all invited to come for a little DJF drink-up tonight at Opera Bob’s — 1112 Dundas St. W (@ Ossington) — as we watch the Jays and Brewers clash in Milwaukee in an 8:10 PM start. And if you follow @OperaBob‘s on Twitter, you already know that there will be ballpark dogs, nachos (or, if you prefer — and I do — ‘chos), as well as $5 pints. Nails much?

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 2:10 PM ET @ Milwaukee

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)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
LHP J.A. Happ (L)

Milwaukee Brewers

CF Carlos Gomez (R)
1B Jonathan Lucroy (R)
RF Ryan Braun (R)
3B Aramis Ramirez (R)
LF Khris Davis (R)
2B Rickie Weeks (R)
C Martin Maldanado (R)
SS Jean Segura (R)
RHP Mike Fiers (R)