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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

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The skies over downtown Detroit are clearing as we speak, and should improve markedly in the hour or so following what the image above forecasts, so I don’t doubt that we’ll see some baseball tonight, but there’s a chance it could be a while before we go. Gregor Chisholm tweets at 6:25, though, that “the tarp is coming off at Comerica Park and the sun is starting to shine through the clouds. Should be able to start this game on time.” I can live with that. Especially since, while it’s not April, and the game-time temperature will be a hell of a lot closer to 20 degrees than it will zero. But… uh… if Mother Nature does turn shitty, how do we feel about the Jays whipping the Dick out — along with his magic knucklepitch — in rainy conditions?

Not good, I suspect. And hopefully we don’t have to find out.

On the other hand, the Jays already have a leg up in this three-game set, following last night’s ninth inning awesomeness and unawesomeness and awesomeness again. So… I can live with that. And they face Rick Porcello tonight, who… while he’s been pretty excellent so far this year (3.68 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 3.68 xFIP), might be the kind of starter the Jays can get to. He doesn’t get a tonne of strikeouts (16.3%), and while an improved defence behind him surely is helping keep his BABIP lower than it has been in any of the previous four seasons, at .290 it’s pretty low, while he sports quite a bit higher-that-usual ground ball rate, and is giving up more line drives than ever before in his career, and fly balls at a rate higher than he has in three years. Inducing flies at Comerica doesn’t sound like the worst thing a pitcher could do (fingers crossed, R.A.), but the Jays certainly have demonstrated the ability to put them where the defenders can’t reach, and it doesn’t hurt that, along with the A’s, they lead the majors in wRC+ against right-handed pitchers, too.

Yep. Oh, yep. I can live with that.

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

Brendan Kennedy tweets a tidbit via Buster Olney, which is the fact that the eight runs scored in the ninth inning by the Jays and Tigers were the most combined runs scored ever in a game with eight scoreless innings. Toldja it was a weird’n!

The Tigers D’d Danny Worth FA today, calling up some infield help in Eugenio Suarez. Sports Illustrated has it, apparently.

Yours truly tweets, “RA has reverse splits this year, but hadn’t for the past 3. Tigers hardly have any LHB, but Don Kelly (L) out for Castellanos (R). Hmm.”

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Note the start time for tomorrow, folks!

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:08 PM ET @ Detroit

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

Detroit Tigers

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

RHP Rick Porcello

 

Image via The Weather Network.

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This remains fucking fun.

The Jays are in Detroit for the kind of titanic battle that not even RoboCop could put a stop to (especially the shitty 2014 non-Peter Weller version), clashing with a division leader the way that they did with the Oakland A’s a weekend before last. It doesn’t even feel impossible that they could get the same result! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Despite being a percentage point behind the Jays in the AL standings and losers of six of their last ten games, the Tigers are a tough nut to crack, they’ve got the best hitter in baseball, their starting pitching is, for the most part, superb, and the Jays don’t have the advantage of playing at home like they did against Oakland.

What do they have now, though? A fucking four game lead in the AL East for the first time since 1993.

I can live with that.

Scuttlebutt

Jesus J. Jones, it sure does make one not want to write something here about the fact that the Jays, apparently, took the team bus to Detroit for this series, rather than fly, when all just about anybody can think to respond to it is “MEUH MONEY FRYE ROGGET!!!” But it seems note worthy enough, given that it doesn’t seem like the millionaires took particularly well to cruising down the 401. To wit:

Thing is, at least according to Google Maps, it’s a 3 hour 45 minute drive from stadium to stadium, or about an hour flight, plus a half hour to travel to and from the airports. Factor in whatever time is needed for security and all that and it’s probably pretty close to a wash. So maybe it was a justifiable cost saving thing? Justifiable, though. Sounds justifiable to me.

RoboCop lobbed a pitch that bounced before reaching the plate, tweets John Lott. Oh, Detroit. (How much do you think it would have taken to get Verlander to don the suit unbeknownst to anyone, and to fucking fire one in there? Could it have hurt to ask?)

Shi Davidi tweets that Colby Rasmus is down in Florida still trying to get healthy, but that there has been no date set yet for his rehab assignment.

The Jays are going to eat Anibals like Robert Coello tonight. I think I have that right.

Not gonna lie: gonna be watching Hutchison’s velocity a bit tonight.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:08 PM ET @ Detroit

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)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Detroit Tigers

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

RHP Anibal Sanchez

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Statement game tonight, boys! Let’s do this!

I’d say more than such shitty, well-worn sports platitudes, but the breaking Marcus Stroman news has really sucked up all of my Game Threat-writing time. Fortunately, though, it also sucked up a bunch of Daily Duce-finishing time, so instead of just burning all that stuff, I’ve included the most interesting and time-sensitive of it as tonight’s scuttlebutt!

Remember when Jose Bautista Larry Walker’d that guy? Holy fuck!

To the beginning of a new streak! Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

You can find all kinds of Stroman goodness in the post below, but one tidbit from Ken Rosenthal that I didn’t want to make a full update there: he tweets that Stroman might not simply be coming as a starter — he could end up in a relief role if the bullpen gets decimated tonight by a bad outing from J.A. Happ, or if it goes to extra innings again. Um… Gooooooo HAPP!!!!!

Barry Davis spoke to Alex Anthopoulos on Baseball Central, and he tweets that the GM explains that Stroman is on hold pending the outcome of tonight’s game, and that he wouldn’t rule out starting him tomorrow, or having him in some kind of a relief role. Sounds like he’s coming up, though, I guess. Sounds like what Rosenthal said, too.

The Jays announced today, via an official release, that they have sent Rob Rasmussen back down to Buffalo, recalling Bobby Korecky in his place. So much happened in yesterday’s game that it’s maybe easy to forget that Rasmussen was wild as hell against the five batters he faced (especially, it seemed to my wholly unreliable eye, when the crowd was getting amped up for him to finish off a batter). To wit.

Korecky truly earned his promotion, and not only because he’s toiled in the Jays’ system since 2011 — after a year with the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 2010! — having thrown just one big league inning for the club, mopping up the end of a 11-4 September 28th loss to the Yankees in 2012, allowing two of those eleven thanks to an Eric Chavez home run with a Chris Dickerson walk on base. But this year in Buffalo the story has been different for the 34-year-old: a 0.29 ERA, 16 hits and eight walks in 31 innings, with 32 strikeouts and just one home run allowed. The club had an empty spot on their 40-man roster, which is why they were able to select his contract without making a reciprocal move.

Something else about last night’s game that I don’t think was talked about enough (and that I thought was a thing from several beers deep and way up in the 500s): as the ball was hit to Jose Reyes on what should have been the game-ending ground out, baserunner Jarrod Dyson crosses through his field of vision just as the ball is about to get there, and almost seemed to fake like he was reaching back to touch the ball. Check out the highlight from MLB.com and see for yourself. I mean, I know Reyes caught it anyway, but I certainly wondered at the time if it hurt his concentration.

Before all of this business, Alex Anthopoulos had a pre-game chat with reporters, addressing all manner of questions about his budget — some raised by his own comments to Peter Gammons — and… well… didn’t really say a whole lot. As usual. As I noted in last night’s half-assed post-game post, you can read the transcript at Gregor Chisholm’s North of the Border blog — and it is still worth reading, it’s just… believe it or not, Alex says he believes in ownership and believes money will be there when he needs it. He also says that he’s received consent to re-draft Tyler Beede, which is something Keith Law noted the other day (though he’s also been suggesting of late that Beede may end up falling out of the first round, FWIW).

Anthopoulos also downplayed the concerns about the Jays being strapped for cash in their draft “war chest,” a story that Law also said yesterday, as you may have seen in our Thursday Daily Duce, is “not true.”

More KLaw, as he has revised his top 25 prospects list for ESPN.com (Insider Only), and there is no Jays content to speak of there. Not even in the honourable mentions. He had Aaron Sanchez at 30 on his pre-season list. In his chat with readers today, he reiterated his concerns, on Sanchez, saying that “like [Taijuan] Walker he’s got that short stride and upright finish working against him.”

Elsewhere in the chat you’ll find knocks on D.J. Davis, the Jays’ player development track record, the Jays’ 2013 draft, and a clear “no” on the question of whether Dan Norris got any top 25 consideration. Yay? (The Norris thing, to be fair, would be an enormous jump, as Law had him as the Jays’ fourth best prospect and didn’t rank him — or Roberto Osuna ahead of him — in his preseason top 100.

Elsewhere still in the chat he gave us this draft tidbit following a question about the Jays being in on Touki Toussaint: “I just know they want guys with upside. Anthopoulos did go see Trea Turner at the ACC tournament (for a day – color me surprised Avent still has his job after the season they had), so he’s somewhere in their mix. I have had them with Hoffman and Touki, both very high-upside selections. I don’t see them taking anyone who’s ‘safe’ with a low ceiling.”

On that note, Kiley McDaniel’s latest mock draft for Scout.com suggests that the current rumour is that the Jays may already have a deal with Florida high school right-hander Touki Toussaint to be the eleventh overall pick. He also has the club taking shortstop Trea Turner of North Carolina State at pick nine, and regarding 11, another “late rumor I heard last night has Virginia closer Nick Howard in play here well under slot, as many teams think he can start, but could also rush to the big leagues as a reliever.” Hmmm.

That parrot shirt made it on TV last night, apparently. Only two days left to get yours.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:07 PM ET vs. Kansas City; Sunday, 1:07 PM ET vs. Kansas City

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)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Dioner Navarro (R)
2B Steve Tolleson (R)
C Erik Kratz (R)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)

LHP J.A. Happ

Kansas City Royals

RF Nori Aoki (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)
1B Eric Hosmer (L)
DH Billy Butler (R)
LF Alex Gordon (L)
C Salvador Perez (R)
CF Lorenzo Cain (R)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
SS Alcides Escobar (R)

LHP Jason Vargas

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Future Blue Jay James Shields? Don’t bet on it.

The Jays put their nine game winning streak on the line tonight with two major things working against them. One, James Shields is on the hill for the Royals, and he’s sort of a fuckin’ beast. Two, I’m headed down to the ballpark tonight, and my record in games seen in person this year is dismal to say the least. I can’t remember all the ones I’ve been to, but this will be the first since the streak started, and… I’ve probably been to a win at some point this year. Like, literally maybe one.

It’s all going to be my fault if the streak comes crashing to a halt tonight, is what I’m saying.

But you know what? If it does… fuck it. Couldn’t ever blame them for losing to Shields, even with Dickey on the mound, and they’re running so damn well right now that you feel like all it will mean is they get a chance to start a new streak tomorrow.

I can live with that.

Have I mentioned yet that this is really, really fucking fun?

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

Arden Zwelling passes along some comments from John Gibbons. Among them: Colby’s status is still “wait and see“; Gibbons, as he thought he would, likes Dustin McGowan as a reliever, figuring he’s better when he throws harder and fewer pitches; and the manager suggests Steve Delabar is struggling a little bit because of his decreased velocity, which… obviously.

Sportsnet’s Megan Robinson tweets that Casey Janssen is available again tonight, having benefited from a night off after being unavailable yesterday due to “general soreness.”

Megan also tweets a link to today’s Sixty-Second Setup, in which she previews tonight’s game.

Sportsnet’s PR team tweets that last night’s Jays game was the most-watched of the season, at 839,000 viewers. Winning is good.

The Jays’ official account tweets out a picture of Kevin Pillar in the hat they’re giving away for Country Day on Sunday, because, y’know, when you think Blue Jays and country, you think of the man from the affluent San Fernando Valley community of West Hills. You think of Kevin Pillar.

Ben Nicholson-Smith notes that while the Jays’ power numbers may be inflated somewhat by the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre, the club also leads the majors in park- and league-adjusted wRC+ at 116. Nails much?

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com answers a mail bag question about the Jays possible interest the name Touki Toussaint — and not just because it’s an awesome name, but because they’ve been linked to him as a potentially draftee next week. The draft begins a week today.

Feminist Bautista has a message for assholes of all stripes.

Sounding like we might be doing another Opera Bob’s event sooner than later — might as well get people out to watch this magic while it’s still unfolding, right? Y’know… assuming it will be. Stay tuned!

TV: Sportsnet

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

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

Kansas City Royals

RF Nori Aoki (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)
1B Eric Hosmer (L)
DH Billy Butler (R)
LF Alex Gordon (L)
C Salvador Perez (R)
CF Lorenzo Cain (R)
SS Alcides Escobar (R)
3B Pedro Ciriaco (R)

RHP James Shields

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Not Kyle Drabek.

Nope. Still doesn’t not feel weird to type those records out in the headline of this post.

This run from the Jays still hasn’t stopped being fun as hell, either. Series already clinched with Liam Hendriks yet to have pitched in it?

I can live with that.

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

Casey Janssen won’t be available for the Jays tonight, due to “general soreness,” according to… everyone. He’s “hanging a little bit,” says John Gibbons, according to a tweet from Mike Wilner. It’s nothing serious. “Overall body soreness,” said Gibbers, as per a Brendan Kennedy tweet.

Sergio Santos, on the other hand, according to Wilner’s tweet, has suffered a bit of a setback and is shut down until Sunday. Gregor Chisholm elaborates, saying that Santos felt some soreness when throwing from 120 feet, while Kennedy tweets that the official explanation was that Santos’s forearm felt “tender.”

Scott MacArthur tweets: “Santos wouldn’t describe what he felt as either ‘pain’ or ‘soreness’ and says he’s not sore today.”

“Nothing new on Rasmus,” tweets Brendan Kennedy. “He says he’s just getting treatment, taking it day to day. Ran a little yesterday. No plans for a rehab assignment.” (As in, nothing is scheduled yet, not that he has no plans on going on one, even though that was something he was saying the other day that he hoped to avoid. Footsteps.)

Dioner Navarro, you’ll notice, is in the lineup and behind the plate tonight. Evidently the bruised finger he suffered last night isn’t terribly serious. He’s not perfect, though. John Lott spoke with him for a piece at the National Post, and it turns out Navarro is simply having too much fun to let a minor injury take him out of the lineup. ”I just love to play, man. I kind of put myself in a situation where I want to be [playing] again after being a backup for the past three years, and now I‘ve got this opportunity. This is such a wonderful experience being around these guys, Eddie hitting bombs, Melky getting five hits a day, Reyes getting stolen bases. It’s just so much fun,” he said, among other things that perfectly capture the current Jays zeitgeist.

Megan Robinson tweets a link to her new pre-game in a minute feature for Sportsnet and the Fan, warning our ears to be on the lookout (the hear-out?) for some Phil Collins tonight, thanks to Liam Hendriks.

Jerry Crasnick was on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight Podcast today talking about the Jays. Worth a listen if you want to hear US guys talk about how the Jays might actually be pretty good. Starts around the 38 minute mark.

Pitch Talks #3 goes Monday, with Richard Griffin, Scott MacArthur, Cathal Kelly, Brendan Kennedy, Alexis Brudnicki, and Cashew Mirman — not to mention, delicious suds from Left Field Brewery — so get yourself a ticket.

The Dome is not open at the time of writing, but there’s still a chance it will be open by game time. @IsTheDomeOpen will keep you posted.

TV: Sportsnet

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

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 Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Liam Hendriks

Tampa Bay Rays

DH David DeJesus (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Matt Joyce (L)
RF Wil Myers (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
2B Sean Rodriguez (R)
C Jose Molina (R)

RHP Chris Archer

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Do I even bother pointing out that the dumb Yankees and Orioles are surging a little bit as well? I guess I already did. And while they’re maybe not quite keeping pace with the Jays, they’re not exactly falling back dramatically, either, with the Yankees being winners of three straight and the O’s of two. Seven it ain’t. A 9-1 record over their last ten games it ain’t (and right now the next-best record in the AL over the past ten games belongs to five teams, all of whom are a paltry 6-4). But both of those AL East foes are within one game of the Jays in the loss column, and just two and two-and-a-half games back overall. Obviously it’s too early in the season for scoreboard watching of this sort, it’s just… let’s not lose sight of the fact that if the Jays really hang in this like it looks as though they’re capable, this is going to be a fight. One that’ll be fun as fuck and they seem well equipped for, but one nonetheless. How awesome is that?

Now the Jays just have to keep it going. By which I mean Buehrle’s gotta Buehrle. And kick the Rays while they’re down.

That’s not too much to ask, is it? Though… fuck, with the way this offence is going, the Jays may not have any other choice but to win.

I can live with that.

Scuttlebutt

Pitcher wins are meaningless as fuck, but if Buehrle gets his ninth before the end of May, that’s pretty impressive, I guess. Maybe not pretend-Miguel-Cabrera-had-a-better-year-than-Mike-Trout-because-he-won-some-outdated-phony-title impressive, but kinda cool.

Brendan Kennedy tweets that “at 35, Buehrle is oldest MLB pitcher to win 8 of first 10 games since Randy Johnson (38) & Curt Schilling (35) did it for Diamondbacks in 2002.”

Arden Zwelling reminds us that Colby Rasmus had told reporters the other day that he didn’t want to do a rehab assignment once he was fully healed from his hamstring issue. Yeah… John Gibbons says that he’ll definitely be heading out on a rehab assignment. If it ain’t broke… (Also: Colby hearing footsteps?).

Arden also tweets that Gibbons says he thinks this year’s streak-team is stronger than the one that won 11 games in a row last season. Let’s hope so. The Jays went 36-52 post-streak last year.

Bad news for those of you hoping for the Jays to ramp up their pursuit of the Royals’ James Shields: according to a tweet from Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Yordano Ventura’s MRI came back clean and he’ll only miss one start. Good news for those of you hoping for the Jays to keep rolling: the start he’ll miss was slated to be on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

Following last night’s game, John Lott of the National Post wrote about the healing Rasmus and Sergio Santos, and how the pieces may fit once everybody’s healthy. (HELLO KEVIN PILLAR!!!!)

The Jays have signed left-hander Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal, after the Triple-A hurler opted out of his prior minor league deal with Cleveland. MLBTR has the details. D-meh-pth.

Chris Zelkovich of Yahoo! gives us a ratings roundup from over the weekend, and includes Monday, where the Jays drew 836,000 viewers. Somebody tell Rogers, for fuck sakes.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets that the MRI on Noah Syndergaard came back clean. Shift your Shadenfreude to Round Rock, I guess.

On the other end of the spectrum, Lott points out that Ricky Romero starts tonight for Buffalo [tugs at the inside of shirt collar].

Because he’s awesome and it would be hilarious to see an army of folks wearing them, I’ll point out again that that Encarnacion parrot shirt is back selling this week, and also available in lady sizes/cuts and stuff, apparently.

TV: Sportsnet

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

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

LHP Mark Buehrle

Tampa Bay Rays

SS Yunel Escobar (R)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
2B Logan Forsythe (R)
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Sean Rodriguez (R)
RF Wil Myers (R)
1B James Loney (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
DH Matt Joyce (L)

RHP Alex Cobb