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TANAK!

Fuck Masahiro Tanaka has been good so far for the New York Yankees. And frankly, for their sake, he’s had to have been. The names in the lineup that you see below are certainly intimidating, but offensively the Yankees have struggled this year. So far. They’ve produced the third worst wRC+ of any American League team, and the Jays have four hitters with higher numbers in that stat than the Yankees’ best hitter, Mark Teixeira. There are six Blue Jays — Bautista, Lind, Encarnacion, Francisco, Cabrera, and Steve effing Tolleson! — who’ve produced more wRC+ than the Yanks’ second-best hitter.

Hey, but at least they’ve got terrible infield defence and the regression-due Chase Whitely going tomorrow night against Mark Buehrle, and a less-than-favourable matchup in Thursday’s series finale with David Phelps taking on Drew Hutchison, right?

Well, yeah. And yeah, they’re pretty old, so it’s not a given that some of those bats will heat up, but will all of Beltran, McCann, and Jeter continue to hover around 80 wRC+? Will they find some way to mortgage whatever prospects they can scrape together — prospects they don’t really need that in the same way the Jays do, since the Yankees fill their big league roster with free agents anyway — and find a piece that can help them keep clawing back the Jays’ division lead?

It’s not out of the question.

It’s still early. So many folks, in a dipshit rush to declare the Jays fucked and to satiate their need to be shitty, negative shits in peoples’ cuts, didn’t want to hear that last year, but it was as true at this point then as it is now. Fortunately for the 2014 Jays, as anyone remotely realistic fully acknowledged — another thing suckholes didn’t want to hear — having a long season ahead doesn’t mean that it’s not terrifically difficult to claw back a bunch of games.

Just don’t get swept. More than anything about “a big series” or a “statement” or anything like that… just don’t get swept.

That’s not to say that losing series’ is acceptable — obviously the Jays will have to keep doing better than that — but if the Jays lose all three the Yankees go from 4.5 back to within a game and a half, and but if the Jays win just one, the best the Yankees can do head into the weekend 3.5 games behind.

Yeah, it’s just simple math, but it’s also perspective.

And shit, with Marcus Stroman going into his home town, under the bright lights of Yankee Stadium, facing an almost hopeless task against one of the best pitchers in the world right now — though, it should be noted (as it was on Twitter several times early today by the Jays’ beat reporters), Tanka’s lone loss so far this year came in the only other game in which he was facing a team for a second time — why the hell couldn’t he pitch his ass off tonight? I’d believe it.

But even if they only win one of these three, even if it’s obviously not ideal, I can live with that.

Scuttlebutt

This Stroman-Tanaka matchup is baseball’s most watchable this evening — or so says Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs and his NERD Game Scores.

Not mentioned (at least not by me in the earlier Delabar item) was the fact that John Gibbons mentioned today that R.A. Dickey is fine. He, of course, left his last start early due to a leg or groin thing or something. I don’t know. Everything’s been a blur since Holland 5 – Spain 1, honestly.

Another thing not mentioned here: Sergio Santos has been activated, and Darin “Pat” Mastroianni has been optioned back to Buffalo. No, really! It happened! (Unless it was a DFA, but I don’t think so.)

did mention, though, that Cecil could go “in a pinch” today, while Lind will hopefully only need a couple of days. And Colby Rasmus is getting real close, too. “It could be any day,” Anthopoulos says, according to a tweet from Brendan Kennedy. So that’s not bad.

“Why not DL Lind and call up Dan Johnson? Why Kawasaki over Goins? ‘None of your business,’ Gibby said, cheerily,” tweets Brendan. OK then.

Barry Davis tweets that Alex Anthopoulos says that trade talk is — finally — starting to heat up, “but right now it’s just preliminary. Lots of team inquiring about prospects.”

More from AA: Scott MacArthur tweets that the GM says Brandon Morrow will begin throwing on Friday. Fingers crossed! Er…. well… not the one with the fucked up tendon sheath, but the others!

Scott adds that Anthopoulos says that he’s encouraged by the progress in negotiations with first round pick Jeff Hoffman.

Anthopoulos says that he’s not focussed solely on pitching in the trade talks that he’s having — he’d be happy to improve the club however he can. John Lott tweets this quote from the GM: “We’re basically canvassing the clubs to see who’s available. In some of the conversations, players we didn’t think were available are.” I know he always says that, but… hmmm…

Barry Davis tweets that John Gibbons was noticeably without chewing tobacco today, and that the Jays’ manager says that Tony Gywnn’s premature death this week prompted him to try to give it up.

Jose Bautista’s first inning at bat on Sunday was slightly terrific, if you ask me. He made a very demonstrative groan after thinking he’d walked on a 3-1 pitch that was a rather generously called a ball, then got back into the box, refocussed, and hit the next pitch — a second straight fastball, in almost in the same location — the opposite way into the right-centre alley for an RBI double. “A nice piece of hitting,” we were probably told by the TV broadcast. Or something like that. It was, though! (Here’s the strikezone plot via Brooks.)

So so so so so fucking weird that the Jays would be pitching so much better than last year now that they’re using defensive shifts again, innit? I mean, I know there are other reasons that are part of it, but seriously! Their starters are currently tied with the Angels’ group for the second-lowest ERA in the American League. Shit is fucked.

While we’re here, a reminder that our old friend Bergkamp makes awesome Dutch comfort food at The Ossington on Sundays, and he’s be kicking that enterprise into high gear for all of the Netherlands’ matches during the World Cup. There might even be more than three! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet. What we can do, though, is throw on some orange and head over there tomorrow for the 12 noon display of frustration against a stingy Australian side. In the meantime, check out Borrel at the Ossington for a taste (see what I just did there?) of what you can expect. Hup Holland hup!

Don’t forget: PITCH #4 is fast approaching — it takes place this Thursday, June 19th — and for those of you who missed the announcement, I’ll be one of the panelists, along with a much more talented group, featuring Jonah Keri, Michael Grange, and Morgan Campbell. Tickets are still available, so grab yourself some here, and be sure to follow @PitchTalks for all the info you need.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:05 PM ET @ Yankees

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)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
DH Juan Francisco (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Marcus Stroman

New York Yankees

LF Brett Gardner (L)
SS Derek Jeter (R)
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
1B Mark Teixeira (S)
C Brian McCann (L)
DH Carlos Beltran (S)
RF Ichiro! (L)
2B Brian Roberts (S)
3B Kelly Johnson (L)

RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Sunday Threat: Jays @ Orioles

Win and you split the series, meaning the Orioles gained nothing from the weekend. I can live with that. Let’s do this!!

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It’s been a soggy day in Baltimore, with more rain expected in the area through the evening, leading some, at the time of this writing, to wonder whether they’re going to be able to get the game in. Which… since the time of this writing is right before the World Cup kicked off this afternoon, who knows what the forecast might now be bringing? Alls I know is… this here is a game right here.

OK, I got nothing.

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

One more time with feeling: tonight we’re having a little DJF shindig (read: getting drunk and watching baseball) at Opera Bob’s here in Toronto. Hit up the Facebook event page, if that’s your thing, for all the pertinents.

While we’re here, a reminder that our old friend Bergkamp makes awesome Dutch comfort food at The Ossington on Sundays, and he’ll be kicking that enterprise into high gear for all of the Netherlands’ matches during the World Cup. Head over there on Friday for the 3 PM rematch of the 2010 Final, as the Dutch take on Spain. In the meantime, check out Borrel at the Ossington for a taste (see what I just did there?) of what you can expect. Hup Holland!

This too: PITCH #4 is fast approaching — it takes place a week from today, Thursday, June 19th — and for those of you who missed the announcement, I’ll be one of the panelists, along with a much more talented group, featuring Jonah Keri, Michael Grange, and Morgan Campbell. Tickets are still available, so grab yourself some here, and be sure to follow @PitchTalks for all the info you need.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:05 PM ET @ 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)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP Mark Buehrle

Baltimore Orioles

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

RHP Kevin Gausman

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Give us some Stroman! Um… y’know… from a safe distance, that is.

I don’t say that because the curveball-that-looks-like-a-slider thing he throws is so disgustingly filthy that it might be lethal — though that would be a good guess.

No, I say that because this isn’t your little brother’s businessman’s special today. Or… wait– no! It is your little brother’s businessman’s special today, because it’s fucking Kids Day! Or School Day… or… whatever it is they call it when the Rogers Centre gets overwhelmed by shrieking children when I’m just trying to have a damn drink and enjoy some baseball!

But, actually, I kid. This maybe isn’t the day that I’m happiest to skip out on the office and take in some mid-week afternoon baseball, but I can’t begrudge the club for encouraging younger fans to take in a game. Good on them, I guess. It’ll keep the beer lines small if you do end up going, or it’ll give you an excuse to go watch the game with some cheaper beers in a bar, and get an even better look at the ridiculous stuff Marcus Stroman brings to the mound.

I can live with that.

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

A roster move! Kevin Pillar has been sent back down to Buffalo, and Bobby Korecky recalled. Shi Davidi of the Rogers-owned Rogers Sportsnet tweeted this news from Rogers Centre on the Rogers-owned Blue Jays first.

Of the move, Drew tweets that he thinks the “Blue Jays seem very wary of a short Stroman outing. With Redmond and Jenkins going long this week, figure Korecky is the caddy for today?”

Gregor Chisholm adds that John Gibbons said that Pillar became the odd man out on the roster because the club isn’t scheduled to face a lefty starter for the next ten days. He follows up by tweeting, though, that the Jays are likely to add a position player following today’s game — with Darin “Pat” Mastroianni a possibility. Which kinda takes us back to what GROF said…

When Korecky was recalled the last time, John Lott wrote about the secret of his new-found success for the National Post.

Ken Rosenthal talks Jays at Fox Sports, saying that they can’t limit themselves to just rentals — they have to go for it, he says.

Bob Elliott tweets a link from the Washington Post, telling us that the Jays’ third-rounder, Nick Wells, will sign for slot — $661,800. So… that’ll play.

Steve Tolleson against a right-hander? Yes, Juan Francisco has been that cold of late.

Sergio Santos didn’t have a great rehab outing for New Hampshire last night, but not quite as bad as the line makes it look, according to a tweet from Fisher Cats play-by-play man Bob Lipman. “Strikeout, line drive single, walk, strikeout, infield single, misplayed fly ball (double) allows 3 runs,” is how he says it went down. 

John Lott spoke to Alex Anthopoulos about the status of Colby Rasmus, and he tweets that the GM warns that, despite some other, slightly more positive reports, the club is just “hopeful” that their centre fielder will get into a rehab assignment by week’s end. He has “not played a game in extended spring,” we’re old.

Marcus Stroman tweets a birthday felicitation to Jose Reyes. He makes $16-million this year, $22-million each of the following three years, and turns 31 today. But that’s OK, because he’s fucking awesome. And the third best Jose in baseball!

There were a few Jays-related tidbits in Keith Law’s post-draft chat with readers at ESPN.com last week, but this was definitely my favourite:

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Would the Jays picking Toronto’s own Gareth Morgan over Reid-Foley have been defensible?
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No. I didn’t understand Jays fans’ desire for the team to take Canadian players when I worked there and I don’t understand it now. This is major league baseball not the freaking World Cup.

Not baseball-related, but holy shit The Ray Hudson Soundboard.

Get down to the park if you can, because it’s the last Jays home game for nearly two weeks — until the Yankees come to town following a road trip that will first send the Jays to the Bronx, following their weekend series at Baltimore and next weekend’s visit to Cincinnati. Big divisional matchups upcoming! And how great is it going to be to go in thinking, “Hey, if we even just win one of three, they’re not gaining that much ground”? Not that we don’t want more, of course. And not that we can’t damn well get it.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:05 PM ET @ Baltimore — and at the DJF shindig Opera Bob’s!

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 Brett Lawrie (R)
C Erik Kratz (R)
2B Steve Tolleson (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Marcus Stroman

Minnesota Twins

CF Danny Santana (S)
2B Brian Dozier (R)
1B Joe Mauer (L)
LF Josh Willingham (R)
DH Kendrys Morales (S)
RF Oswaldo Arcia (L)
3B Trevor Plouffe (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
SS Eduardo Nunez (R)

RHP Phil Hughes

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The Jays’ lineup for tonight has been posted, and even the chance to take a turn against right-handed Twins shitballer Kevin Correia has apparently not been enough to convince John Gibbons to not let Juan Francisco drop farther down his lineup, tumbling like a rotting pumpkin down a mid-November staircase.

Er…

What I mean to say is, Juan Francisco hasn’t been the same guy lately as he was when he first showed up. To wit: he only played one game in the span of five days surrounding May 21st (and 0-fer that I’m not including in the sample) and since then he’s been a little bit too Arencibia-like for anybody’s comfort. A line of .167/.222/.405, producing a wRC+ of 68.

Now, that’s just a fifteen game sample (some of which he entered merely as a pinch hitter), covering 45 plate appearances. He has certainly earned the right to go into a trough for a couple weeks, sporting, as he does, a .301 ISO — which would be good for fifth in baseball if he had enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title — and a wRC+ of 139 (top 25 in MLB with the same caveat). This is no time to abandon ship, but the trend is certainly something to be monitored. Two walks in 45 plate appearances? That’s not good — especially not for a guy who came with big reservations about his plate discipline.

It’s still just 150 plate appearances so far — and I’m not sure whatinthefuck Dioner Navarro has done, exactly, to hit ahead of him — so a couple big nights can swing things entirely the other way. Let’s not go looking up Dan Johnson’s stats in Buffalo, in other words. But… we’ll see. We’ll see…

Doesn’t feel quite so bad as it did a week ago to think that Colby Rasmus is soon going to be back, though, does it?

I can live with that.

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

John Lott tweets that Sergio Santos begins his rehab assignment with New Hampshire tonight.

Via Chris Zelkovich of Yahoo! Sports, the Jays hit 998,000 TV viewers back on Friday. That’s a lot!

Note the time on tomorrow’s game, folks. FYI, it’s “Kids day,” so bring your earplugs if you’re headed to the Dome.

Lastly, we know now that pitcher wins are pretty useless, but that doesn’t mean Bob Welch’s epic 27 wins in 1990 weren’t pretty seriously amazing — and back at a time when baseball was everything. RIP.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 12:37 PM ET vs. Minnesota

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)
DH Adam Lind (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Minnesota Twins

CF Danny Santana (S)
2B Brian Dozier (R)
1B Joe Mauer (L)
LF Josh Willingham (R)
DH Kendrys Morales (S)
RF Oswaldo Arcia (L)
3B Eduardo Nunez (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
SS Eduardo Escobar (S)

RHP Kevin Correia

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Oh, for fuck sakes, can’t it just work for the whole entire game FOR ONCE???

That Twins record sure looks awful decent for a club that’s rolling a pair of guys with ERAs above 5.60, but… well… it’s hard to be too cocky right now, after the Jays’ monstrous bats were stifled by Shelby Miller and Jaime Garcia of the Cardinals over the weekend. So I’m thinking… let’s maybe see them put a damn run on the board before we get too certain about what bad shit is about to go down on Minnesota.

But let’s not pretend we’re actually worried that they might not. They’ll score again. Hutchison will pitch well again. And what went on this weekend will happen again, too. The cushion they’ve built is great, but let’s not forget that a 92-win team loses 70 times. In other words, if that’s the level they end up finishing at — and it’s one that seems likely good enough for them to make the playoffs — we’ve still got a full month-and-a-half worth of losses to watch them accumulate. And they could lose twelve straight and still be at .500! Not that anybody is suggesting that they go out and do a thing like that, but holy fuck, this is great. Now just keep pushing and beat up on these Twins.

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

As you can see below — and as was mentioned in today’s Daily Duce — the newly-signed Kendrys Morales is in the lineup for the Twins tonight. Not mentioned in an earlier post: seems like Edwin Encarnacion is doing alright (remember his wonky back last week?), as he’s in the lineup tonight and playing at first base.

More still from today’s Daily Duce (and not just stuff about events/places/stuff I’m pushing you to check out), as Shi Davidi tweets that the tentative plan for Colby Rasmus is to have him go to Buffalo for a rehab assignment at some point this week. Meanwhile, Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun tells us that Sergio Santos has headed to New Hampshire to begin his own rehab assignment.

Megan Robinson tweets a picture of the roof opening at Rogers Centre, as it damn well should be on this fantastic night. She also shows us Marcus Stroman’s glove, and gets us set for the game with a quick video preview.

More picture tweets, as Mike Wilner shows us that Jack Morris — who, it can’t be stated enough, was much better than I expected him to be (which… well… mind you, it wasn’t like I set the bar very high) — is back in town tonight as part of the Twins’ broadcast crew. And he’s got another one to make us nostalgic: Paul Molitor, currently the Twins’ hitting coach, once again wielding a bat at the Rogers Centre. Kinda cool.

Steph Rogers tweets that it’s never too early in your week to get your cry on, directing us to her post at theScore, where we see some Blue Jays dads getting a heartfelt Father’s Day surprise.

Sticking with theScore, while not Jays-related, GROF examines Mike Trout’s insane grand slam home run off Chris Sale.

The Buffalo News tweets a link to a bunch of photos from the club’s annual Star Wars night, which took place over the weekend.

Breaking news from Reddit: Shelby Miller may or may not be an asshole. INTRIGUE!

Lastly, Griff makes an awesomely filthy insinuation about my reaction to being mentioned by Jonah Keri on Prime Time Sports tonight. It’s all lies!

AND ONE MORE: Holy shit, Trevor Cahill designated for assignment? That would have seemed insane a couple years ago. Maybe it seems insane now. He’s striking out over a batter per inning, and while he wasn’t great last year, and is walking more than five batters per nine at the moment, a 4.09 FIP and 3.92 xFIP, plus no loss in velocity (an ever-so-slight increase, in fact, over each of the past three years — though it’s been pointed out to me that he’s been pitching out of the bullpen, so I guess that’s why), and… yeah. Let’s take a flyer here — though, as Drew astutely tweets, “How many teams willing to take a shot with Cahill? ‘Many’ is my guess.” Uh-huh.

The issue, of course, is that Cahill has a tonne of salary still left on his deal — what’s left of $7.7-million this year, plus $13.5-million next — so it’s not likely that anybody is going to trade for him (unless you get Arizona to eat a bunch of the contract — which isn’t impossible, since they’ll be on the hook for it if nobody takes him), nor is it likely he’ll get picked up on waivers. Seems like a thing where teams would just wait for him to clear waivers and become a free agent… or… shit, will that even happen? He came into the season with five years of MLB service, and… do I really need to think about this? Ugh. If he clears waivers and refuses his assignment, does he forfeit his salary? Seems like a Romero-like situation, right? So probably. So… maybe he’ll just end up in the minors? Fuck, I don’t know — and I’m not looking it up, because the damn game is on. Gotta focus on willing some balls to stay in the fucking park, thankyouverymuch R.A. Dickey.

TV: Sportsnet

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

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 Adam Lind (L)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Josh Thole (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Minnesota Twins

CF Danny Santana (S)
2B Brian Dozier (R)
1B Joe Mauer (L)
LF Josh Willingham (R)
RF Oswaldo Arcia (L)
DH Kendrys Morales (S)
3B Trevor Plouffe (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
SS Eduardo Escobar (S)

RHP Ricky Nolasco

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Free money!

Or… well… maybe not quite free money, but the Jays are sending J.A. Happ to the hill today to face off with Justin Verlander, and yet they’ve already won this three-game series with the Tigers, so… not that it doesn’t matter, but… whatever Happ-ens Happ-ens, if you know what I mean. And if he gets a bunch of runs hung on him, maybe ol’ Gibbers isn’t so quick with the hook, in hopes of saving the bullpen a bit.

I can live with that.

That said, this should still be a fun test and an interesting afternoon of baseball, it’s just… forgive me if I’m maybe thinking a little ahead, to the well-oiled Cardinals machine coming to town for a weekend series, and Stroman, Buehrle, and Hutchison getting a chance to show what they can do — and the Jays, mercifully, avoiding Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha. That should be fun, too.

It’s all fun right now!

Go Jays! Push your luck!

Scuttlebutt

Edwin Encarnacion is indeed sitting out for this one, which makes total sense, given that his back tightened up last night and he was removed from the game.

Shi Davidi tweets that John Gibbons says Edwin’s back is better, but not better enough to play. “Just smart to give him a day off,” Gibbers says.

Davidi also tweets that he spoke to Sergio Santos, who felt great after a 25-pitch bullpen session (in which he threw sliders, it’s noted), and that he hopes he’ll have another on Sunday, with a rehab assignment soon to follow, one suspects.

Another from Davidi tells us that Colby Rasmus took BP in Florida yesterday, and the hope is that he’ll get into a rehab assignment next week.

The Bisons were playing early today, and Mike Harrington tweets that, as he went to the mound to start the eighth, Deck McGuire sported a 2.29 ERA in three Triple-A starts. To that point today he’d gone seven innings, allowing three hits, one walk, and one run, striking out ten. Well well well…

One more from Davidi, because holy shit it looks like a beautiful day for baseball in Detroit.

Lastly, once again, don’t forget that I’ll be live blogging the draft tonight (at least until the Jays make their first two selections), and also that, even though this post has forced it off the front page, don’t forget that we recorded a fresh DJF podcast yesterday afternoon. Have a listen!

TV: Sportsnet

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

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)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Dioner Navarro (S)
C Erik Kratz (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Detroit Tigers

2B Ian Kinsler (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
1B Miguel Cabrera (R)
DH Victor Martinez (S)
LF J.D. Martinez (R)
CF Austin Jackson (R)
C Alex Avila (L)
3B Nick Castellanos (R)
SS Andrew Romine (S)

RHP Justin Verlander