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The Jays are expecting over 30,000 fans for each game of this huge three-game set that begins tonight against Baltimore. Not Opening Day numbers, but for a mid-week early-August series against the O’s? That’s something. And yes, I said huge. It doesn’t have to be season-making-or-breaking — which, rationally, this one is not — for a series to be very, very important. As much as the Jays will have plenty of time — not to mention six more games with the Orioles after these three — to bounce back should the worst happen with respect to their playoff chances, this sure is a powerful opportunity for them to tighten up an already-tight divisional race, while continuing to push their lead in the hunt for the second Wild Card.

Obviously winning the AL East, and avoiding a play-in game in Anaheim or Oakland, is way preferable, and with all the games left against the Orioles, the Jays hold control their own destiny — and now there’s a word you’d like to have in your head at the end of this series, exiting the Rogers Centre Thursday night in the swell of a massive midweek crowd. The Jays just have to do their part. The fans too.

Why not?

Scuttlebutt

John Lott tweets that John Gibbons says Brett Lawrie will play third base for now, but was non-committal about whether he’d stay there or continue shifting between his preferred spot and second base as he was before the injury.

Chris Toman adds that Gibbons says Jose Bautista will spend a little time at first base still, until Edwin Encarnacion is able to return.

Steve Delbar and Sergio Santos both pitched today for Buffalo, and @StivBators gives us the lines: no hits, no Ks, no walks, and two groundouts for Santos, two Ks, but two walks, and two groundouts in a couple of innings from Delabar. Could they be starting to find it? Because that would be sorta nails.

Megan Robinson tweets that Lawrie says there’s still some swelling in his finger, but that he’s good enough to play. He’ll use padding in his batting glove in the meantime, Mike Wilner adds.

More Biogenesis suspensions potentially coming? That’s fun. MLBTR has the details.

Jeff Sullivan tweets that the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz has been worth -0.5 WAR since the start of June. Chris Davis, Chris Toman reminds us, is hitting .195/.306/.380. So… yeah, that works.

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

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 (S)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP Mark Buehrle

Baltimore Orioles

RF Nick Markakis (L)
3B Manny Machado (R)
CF Adam Jones (R)
DH Delmon Young (R)
LF Nelson Cruz (R)
SS J.J. Hardy (R)
1B Chris Davis (L)
C Caleb Joseph (R)
2B Jonathan Schoop (R)

RHP Bud Norris

Weekend Threat: Jays @ Astros

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“He’s beautiful, man, but you can’t tuck them pants in them boots.” - John Gibbons.

 

Image via Twitter.

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More like Collin McWHO, amiright???

Actually, the 27-year-old in his fourth organization is having something of a hell of a year for the Astros, with his velocity up, his strikeouts spiking, and his ERA, FIP, and xFIP all around 3.50. What the hell?

Meh. I don’t know. Jays have been going well lately, so… let’s shitcan him, eh J.A. Happster?

Scuttlebutt

Hey! It’s Jake Marisnick!

Hey! It’s Colby Rasmus back in the Jays’ outfield!

Hey! Brett Lawrie is playing a rehab game in Dunedin, with Roberto Osuna back and making the start!

Chris King — aka @statsking — is tweeting some of the game, and the reports so far are good: Lawrie hit a single on a good 1-2 slider and walked in his next at-bat. Osuna had a great first inning — two Ks and a weak grounder — some trouble in the second and third, with what we’re told is a fastball at 96 “with late heavy life,” and that there was “lots to like about this outing.” Lawrie struck out “in his 3rd AB by a guy who’s K’d 43 in 77 innings,” though, so let’s maybe not rush him back too quickly. Unless…

Lawrie is playing second tonight, by the way. John Gibbons tells Barry Davis that he’ll alternate between there and third during the rehab stint.

According to a tweet from Shi Davidi, John Gibbons says he’s “got to believe it’s going to be at least a week” that Lawrie spends rehabbing, which, of course, nobody actually believes.

Another Davidi tweet tells us that Encarnacion and Lind seem as though they’ll begin their assignments early-to-mid next week. Lind is expected back before Encarnacion, by the way, according to a tweet from Gregor Chisholm.

Cole Gillespie (REMEMBER?) is apparently playing in this one, too.

From Dave Cameron at FanGraphs: “The Blue Jays, for instance, saw the Orioles acquire Andrew Miller to bolster their bullpen, while they themselves stood pat. People will talk about yesterday was a good day for the O’s in the division race, but in reality, a one-game change in the standings based on Toronto’s win and Baltimore’s loss is likely far more impactful than acquiring Andrew Miller. The Orioles, even while making a trade, had a bad day yesterday relative to the Blue Jays, who did nothing, because of what happened on the field.”

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 PM ET @ Houston; Sunday, 2:10 PM ET @ Houston

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 (S)
DH Nolan Reimold (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
1B Danny Valencia (R)
3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
2B Ryan Goins (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Houston Astros

2B Jose Altuve (R)
RF Robbie Grossman (S)
DH Chris Carter (R)
3B Matt Dominguez (R)
1B Jesus Guzman (R)
C Carlos Corporan (S)
CF Jake Marisnick (R)
RF L.J. Hoes (R)
SS Gregorio Petit (R)

RHP Collin McHugh

 

Awesome image still via @JAHappster.

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The Jays look to take out their post-deadline frustrations — and yes, Casey Janssen, there are some — on the lowly Houston Astros, who are coming off a… um… shit, says here that they just won a series against the A’s. Well that’s weird.

Anyway, the Astros are 4-8 since the All-Star break, and the Jays aren’t exactly thrilled about what transpired today.

Via Gregor Chisholm’s North Of The Border, here’s some of what the closer had to say:

“Obviously, we value our prospects, we value our players, I’m sure the other teams do as well. Maybe they just value the player or the opportunity to get into the playoffs more. It takes something to get something and congratulations to those teams that got those guys.”

And more:

“We’ve heard ’92, 93 and I think we’re tired of hearing it. We want to put our stamp on Toronto and across baseball. For me in my eight years here, I’ve never been this close, never had such an opportunity to make it into the playoffs and I think that’s where this excitement level for this trade deadline was. It’s finally our time, it’s finally beating down the door and we wanted to come on the scene as strong as we can. Like I said, it didn’t happen, we just have to regroup and go about our business again.”

Yeesh.

Anybody tell these guys that Martin Prado really isn’t very good? How about that trades can still be made in August?

Anywho, let’s beat these fuckers, eh?

Scuttlebutt

Colby Rasmus, originally in the lineup, arrived at the ballpark late today — a recurring problem, according to reporters on the scene (and some whispers we’ve heard earlier in the year) — which apparently did not go over well with his manager. Anthony Gose gets the start in centre, and Nolan Reimold will DH.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 8:10 PM ET @ Houston

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 (S)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
DH Nolan Reimold (R)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Houston Astros

2B Jose Altuve (R)
CF Robbie Grossman (S)
DH Chris Carter (R)
C Jason Castro (L)
LF Marc Krauss (L)
1B Jon Singleton (S)
3B Matt Dominguez (R)
RF L.J. Hoes (R)
SS Gregorio Petit (R)

RHP Jake Buchanan

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The Red Sox have been the talk of baseball today, but not in the good way like you want. Jon Lester may be on the move — John Lackey, too! — but nothing has happened yet, with the exception of the Sox ace being on the bench tonight in favour of Brandon Workman. He’ll face Mark Buehrle as the Jays look to sweep this series at Fenway, and maybe gain a little bit of ground in the AL East race on the day before the non-waiver trade deadline.

There should be the opportunity to do so sooner or later, but the damn Baltimores keep playing well. Can it possibly last as the get set to host the Angels for two and the Mariners for three, then head to Washington for one, a big three-game set here (playoff atmosphere, plz!), then home to face the Cardinals and Yankees. I mean… for fuck sakes, they can’t keep swimming so strongly through all that, can they? While we finish of the Red Sox, head to Houston, then host those O’s and the Tigers before heading to Seattle for some pseudo home games (playoff atmosphere, plz!)?

I don’t know, but it sounds fun. Especially if Buehrle buehrles and the Jays get done this weekend what we know they should be able to do.

Baseball!

Scuttlebutt

Nah. Check the previous post.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 8:10 PM ET @ Houston

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

LHP Mark Buehrle

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 Brandon Workman

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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!

Scuttlebutt

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.

Scuttlebutt

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