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The Jays face the Red Sox, and R.A. Dickey squares off with Clay Buchholz, for the second time in less than a week, but in a wholly different atmosphere. No, not just because this one goes at Fenway, but because the Red Sox are increasingly being rumoured to be in sell mode — most notably when it comes to free-agent-to-be Jon Lester, who the Sox are being “hit hard on” (along with John Lackey), according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, who also indicated that other teams in the AL East are involved.

Meanwhile, we have a trade!

Around 6:30 PM ET, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News noted that Erik Kratz had been pulled from the Bisons’ lineup, with no reason given. Twenty minutes later, Shi Davidi tweeted that Liam Hendriks had been dealt to the Royals, then not long afterwards, Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan told us that both Kratz and Hendriks are bound for Kansas City, with no word yet on what the return will be (though the early money seems to be on a bullpen piece of some order).

Ben Nicholson-Smith adds that Kratz is expected to contribute in the big leagues for the Royals, so they like him to at least some extent. So… we’ll see.

I’ll update this post as soon as we learn anything new.

Oh yeah, and baseball!

Update:

It’s 3B Danny Valencia who will come the Jays’ way in this deal. Full post upcoming!

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MORE SCUTTLEBUTT FORTHCOMING! (Maybe).

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 PM ET @ 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)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
C Josh Thole (L)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
RF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Boston Red Sox

CF Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Daniel Nava (S)
RF Shane Victorino (R)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
3B Xander Bogaerts (R)
C David Ross (R)

RHP Clay Buchholz

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It’s just a stadium. Relax.

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Gregor Chisholm tweets that Nolan Reimold appears to be the closest of the Jays’ injured players to actually returning to action, with Monday in Boston sounding like a possibility.

Gregor adds that there’s no real update on Lind and Encarnacion, though they will be back before the trade deadline next Thursday (or so John Gibbons says), and also tells us that Brett Lawrie will join those two in Florida in the next couple of days, with Brandon Morrow heading that way to continue working towards full health on Monday.

Richard Griffin tweets that John Gibbons decided not to have his club take on-field batting practice today, because the Yankee Stadium scoreboard was celebrating the club’s 1938 championship… or something. OK?

Alex Seixeiro tweets that the Jays are going to face a left-handed starter sooner than they’d planned: Chris Capuano has just been picked up by the Yankees and will go on Saturday.

At Sportsnet, Mike Wilner and Shi Davidi talk to Jays senior advisor Mel Didier, which sounds fascinating, but also slightly terrifying. If he’s got great insights he’s got grade insights, no matter what age he is, but it’s not exactly the most progressive thing to have a strong octogenarian voice in the front office — and I’ve heard that the Jays really do value his input, like on Phil Bickford. Prior to being with the Jays he was an advisor to Jon Daniels and the Rangers, so maybe I shouldn’t go too nuts with the ageism.

Marcus Stroman tweets that Mark Buehrle got all the young guys on the team fitted for suits while in NYC. Nice.

Shi Davidi tweets that Dalton Pompey has changed agents, and is now represented by CAA.

Oh, and as for the silliness about the Jays’ struggles in the Bronx being something more than a coincidence, uh… yeah, no:

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

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)
3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
C Dioner Navarro (R)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
DH Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP Mark Buehrle

New York Yankees

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

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Afternoon baseball!

Yeah… I got nothing. This is your game threat!

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R.A. Dickey, clearly struggling with a lack of Dickeyface in a recent outing at Rogers Centre.

I should probably have more to say here, but I dunno…

How nails would it be to with this one though, eh? I’ll take a little arbitrary endpointed four out of five at this point, amiright? With Stroman taking the hill tomorrow? Fuckin’ eh I would.

Shit, and with the Mets hanging on against Seattle, a win could take the Jays to within a half game of the second Wild Card spot. Oh, but they’re fucked, right? Eh, tough guy?

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The Jays’ missing sluggers are getting close — closer than most of us may even realize. According to a tweet from Gregor Chisholm, Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion may return to the club without even playing a rehab game. Brett Lawrie, Shi Davidi adds, will likely do so, simply because he’s been out for longer.

Gregor also tweets that the timetable for all three of those players is still unclear, though they’re all improving more quickly than first anticipated.

Two more from Gregor, as he tells us that Nolan Reimold is showing some improvement, and that he’ll likely DH against left-handers once everybody is healthy. That means he won’t be taking over in right field, which makes sense because Gregor adds that John Gibbons says we’re not likely to see Jose Bautista move to third base full time at any point — though he suggests there’s the possibility still that he might move there in a pinch.

Brendan Kennedy tweets that, despite the recent struggles and the illness coming out of the break, Casey Janssen will be called upon tonight if there’s a save situation. I buy it.

Another tweet from Brendan tells us that Gibbers says Brett Lawrie will be the club’s full-time third baseman once he returns, meaning that Juan Francisco is soon to be out of the job. Which… is totally warranted, I’m pretty sure.

Lastly, note the game time for tomorrow, and while you’re at it, note that I’m tentatively scheduled to be talkin’ Jays on TSN 1050 here in Toronto tomorrow at 11:30. Tune in!

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 12:37 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)
1B Jose Bautista (R)
DH Dioner Navarro (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
C Josh Thole (L)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
RF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Boston Red Sox

RF Shane Victorino (R)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Daniel Nava (S)
3B Xander Bogaerts (R)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
C Christian Vazquez (R)
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)

RHP Clay Buchholz

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Welp. Let’s try this again.

I’d say more, but I think I’ve spilled enough words since last night about whatever the fuck is going on, and frankly… I’m not ready to think about what the hell might be about to happen.

Hey, but Aaron Sanchez is here! That’s something!

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Mike Wilner tweets that John Gibbons says Ryan Goins is “here to play.” Ugh. Better news, though, as he adds that Brett Lawrie swung a modified bat today. So… he’s progressing, at least, even if the thinking in the Jays’ front office about Goins necessarily isn’t.

Brenan Kennedy tweets that Gibbers says Sanchez will have his innings limited to about 130 this season. He’s at 100.1 so far in the minors. He adds that Gibbons says he’ll look to get Sanchez into games at the start of a clean inning, rather than with runners on, at least at first.

Another tweet from Kennedy tells us that while Steve Tolleson didn’t hit the paternity list today, his wife is due within the next couple of weeks.

John Lott tweets that Erik Kratz lost his spot mostly because the Jays aren’t scheduled to face any left-handed starters until they get to Fenway Park next week.

More from Lott: Gibbons on Francisco playing first base: “He can play it… you hope.” And on Goins: “He’ll play a lot out there.” Ugh.

Francisco is in there tonight over Dan Johnson, according to a tweet from Barry Davis, because of some microsplits. Great.

Ben Wagner tweets that in Buffalo last night, Steve Delabar had his best outing since being sent down: “4K in 2 scoreless. Velo +/- 95mph, nasty split.” Get him back up here if he keeps this up!

Megan Robinson tells us that Aaron Sanchez is the youngest pitcher on an MLB active roster right now. (By the way, he was drafted out of high school — where the Jays have focussed heavily — in Alex Anthopoulos’s first draft as GM. Think about that, maybe, before you complain about how so few of the guys he’s drafted aren’t in the big leagues yet).

Scott MacArthur notices that the Cubs have D’d Darwin Barney FA, calling him the right-handed Ryan Goins. Well, he’s got a .358 OBP against lefties this year, so Eno Sarris retweets a half-serious suggestion: Barney for Sergio Santos? I dunno, could be a thing.

The Blue Jays almost had Jose Bautista receive tonight’s “first pitch” — a serve from Milos Raonic — but thought better of it, according to a tweet from Barry Davis. Milos said that even if he took a lot off his serve, it would still be upwards of 100 mph, so… yeah, probably a good idea (though Buehrle did it, and it’s not like he’s a whole lot less crucial).

“There’ll be other seasons,” tweets a soulless ghoul.

AA Speaks (via some of my own tweets)

“Any time you see us linked to a player daily and it’s not from a Cdn-based media outlet, normally there’s not anything to it,” says AA.

Anthopoulos on Fan 590 says he’s talking trades, and about a specific player that he hasn’t heard out there as yet.

“We’re in a holding pattern for the next five or six days,” AA says he’s been told by another GM. Extra Wild Card changes calculations.

AA laying groundwork for disappointment? Says more may happen in August this year. (Believable, though, to be fair.)

No other plans or thoughts for Hutchison. “He’s going to make his next start,” Anthopoulos says.

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)
C Dioner Navarro (R)
DH Colby Rasmus (L)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Boston Red Sox

CF Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Jonny Gomes (R)
RF Shane Victorino (R)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
3B Xander Bogaerts (R)
C David Ross (R)

RHP Jake Peavy

 

Image via @BKennedyStar.

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The Red Sox are charging, and the Jays really ought to do themselves and the rest of baseball a favour over the four game set that begins tonight at Rogers Centre, and put these fucks out of their misery and straight into the “sellers” category. Not that that’s necessarily the best long-term thing for the rest of the AL East, given the excellent collection of prospects that Boston already boasts, but fuck it. Let’s not let these dickholes back into the race — and at just 7.5 games out of it, the folks in Boston could certainly be forgiven for thinking that they just might be able to do it. There’s a fucking world I don’t want to live in, eh? Especially if it comes at the Jays’ expense. And don’t look now, but it’s not exactly like the Sox are playing with a team full of total rotting garbage, either. It’s not going well for them, but there are still a lot of guys playing tonight that won themselves World Series rings last year and that were supposed to be the core of a definite contender this year.

In other words, remember when the Sox got themselves in a deep hole back in the first couple months of the season? Well… it was still early then.

Let’s do this. Go Jays!

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When starting on four days rest this season Drew Hutchison’s opponents have OPS’d .798 and he’s posted a 4.81 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and 1.71 strikeouts for every walk. On five days rest that OPS drops to .720, with a 4.58 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and 3.33 strikeouts for every walk. In the two starts he’s made on six or more days of rest the OPS is .375, the ERA 0.00, the WHIP 0.73, and the K/BB up to 3.67. He pitches tonight having had eight full days between starts.

Nails much? John Lott tweets that John Gibbons says Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind are in Florida, and both scheduled to take batting practice tomorrow, with Edwin also set to do some fielding as well. Nails mu– oh, right. Already said that bit.

Brendan Kennedy tweets that despite the strong attendance over the weekend, the Jays are still 198,000 behind last season’s pace in terms of attendance. Just guessing, but I think this might have had something to do with how the club did fuck all this winter.

Lastly, I didn’t bother mentioning it in today’s Assorted Weekend Thoughts post, because it simply goes without saying, but just so we’re clear, Colby Lewis is a dumb.

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)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
1B Dan Johnson (L)
C Erik Kratz (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
RF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Boston Red Sox

RF Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Daniel Nava (S)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
3B Xander Bogaerts (R)
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)
C Christian Vazquez (R)

RHP John Lackey

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Brendan Kennedy tweets that the Jays have shuffled their rotation, moving R.A. Dickey up to Sunday at Tropicana Field, instead of J.A. Happ. Part of the reasoning, according to John Gibbons, is that “he’s been so good down here.” Makes sense.

More from Gibby, via Brendan, as we’re told that the manager says Jose Bautista is healthy enough to play right field right now, but that he’ll possibly still play first base this weekend, in order to keep him off the turf.

John Lott tweets that John Gibbons downplayed the story about Adam Lind’s mom suggesting he have the MRI that diagnosed his fractured foot, saying that it was scheduled by the club’s trainer after the pain got worse. Weird that the team wouldn’t want it to look like their staff was out-doctored by a player’s mom.

Barry Davis adds that “for those asking about the 6-8 week diagnosis on Lind, I’m hearing that was from the initial injury, not from Wednesday.”

Brendan tells us that no team in the Majors has used replay more often than the Jays this year. I can live with that.

Ben Nicholson-Smith tweets that A.J. Jimenez has been added to the World roster for the Futures Game, while Liam Hendriks will start the Triple-A All-Star game.

Lastly, today’s Schadenfreude Alert is from Marc Tompkin of the Tampa Bay Times, who reports that Yunel Escobar is back in the Rays lineup today, but wonders if that’s really such a a good thing.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 4:10 PM ET @ Tampa; Sunday, 1:10 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)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
RF Melky Cabrera (S)
1B Jose Bautista (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
RF Nolan Reimold (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
DH Dan Johnson (L)
3B Juan Francisco

LHP Mark Buehrle

Tampa Bay Rays

CF Desmond Jennings (R)
RF Ben Zobrist (S)
LF Brandon Guyer (R)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
DH Sean Rodriguez (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
C Jose Molina (R)
2B Logan Forsythe (R)

RHP Chris Archer