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Seriously, two game threats in a day? Especially after this afternoon’s severely nondescript ballgame? Ugh. But hey, good on Omar Vizquel for passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list. No, really. Around here we haven’t been so easy on Omar this year, but you know what? He’s only ever done what’s been asked of him, and no matter what the context, having as many hits as the most iconic ballplayer in history is a hell of an achievement, and one which only the smallest handful of people could ever even dream of.

Scuttlebutt

I’m still too busy writing one large, sweeping, (hopefully) final piece on the Escobar stuff, so I can’t be arsed to check if there’s any real scuttlebutt at this hour. However, for your between inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

R. Davis RF
C. Rasmus CF
B. Lawrie 3B
A. Lind DH
J. Arencibia C
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Gomes 1B
A. Hechavarria SS
A. Gose LF

R. Romero LHP

New York Yankees

D. Jeter SS
N. Swisher RF
R. Cano DH
A. Rodriguez 3B
C. Granderson CF
J. Nix 2B
C. McGehee 1B
I. Suzuki LF
C. Stewart C

D. Phelps RHP

Two Game Threats in a day? I’m not sure how badly I want to full-on do that, especially with so much still to take care of in the wake of yesterday’s Escobar stuff, and a follow-up unpacking of Drew’s interview with Alex Anthopoulos, plus whatever wrenches get thrown in my direction along the way. So… here’s all you get. For now.

Aaaand one piece of scuttlebutt, because Shi Davidi pretty much nailed it in his piece on Escobar at Sportsnet.

TV: Sportsnet One

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

R. Davis RF
C. Rasmus CF
B. Lawrie 3B
A. Lind 1B
J. Mathis C
M. Sierra DH
O. Vizquel 2B
A. Hechavarria SS
A. Gose LF

H. Alvarez RHP

New York Yankees

I. Suzuki LF
N. Swisher 1B
R. Cano 2B
A. Rodriguez DH
C. Granderson CF
R. Martin C
E. Chavez 3B
R. Ibanez RF
E. Nunez SS

A. Pettitte LHP

Batter WPA aLI
LF – Davis -0.033 1.38
CF/RF – McCoy -0.229 1.15
DH – Encarnacion 0.103 0.87
1B – Lind 0.165 1.29
SS – Escobar 0.502 1.58 Pitcher WPA aLI
2B – Johnson 0.023 0.98 SP – Happ -0.202 1.21
RF – Sierra -0.076 1.02 RP – Delabar 0.124 2.04
PH / CF – Rasmus -0.065 0.75 RP – Loup 0.075 2.61
C – Mathis 0.018 1.09 RP – Lyon 0.002 2.92
3B – Hechavarria 0.051 0.95 RP – Janssen 0.043 0.55

Bests / Worsts and the Gif of the game after the jump!
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Oh, great. It’s CC Sabathia. That should totally work out great for a Jays club looking to build on last night’s moral victory, or whatever you want to call a halfway decent start, for once, from Ricky Romero, coupled with yet another brutal output from the club’s hitters, save for Adeiny Hechavarria, as long as you’re going to look past his two strikeouts.

Uhh… I don’t know, at least it’s afternoon baseball, I guess.

Scuttlebutt

At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi doesn’t pull any punches about how much is riding on surgeon Dr. Thomas Graham, as he gets set to repair Jose Bautista’s wrist.

Davidi notes in a tweet that bullpen coach Pete Walker is filling in as pitching coach, with Bruce Walton away from the club for the birth of his baby. Wait… how old is Walton?

Um… yeah.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone or tablet with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

R. Davis LF
M. McCoy CF
E. Encarnacion DH
A. Lind 1B
Y. Escobar SS
K. Johnson 2B
M. Sierra RF
J. Mathis C
A. Hechavarria 3B

J. Happ LHP

Poo Yuck Stankees

D. Jeter SS
N. Swisher 1B
R. Cano 2B
A. Jones RF
C. Granderson CF
S. Pearce DH
J. Nix 3B
I. Suzuki LF
C. Stewart C

C. Sabathia LHP

Batter WPA aLI
LF – Davis -0.072 1.19
CF – Rasmus -0.045 1.38
1B – Encarnacion 0.022 1.23
DH – Lind -0.161 1.91
SS – Escobar -0.230 1.56
C – Torrealba -0.134 1.25
2B – McCoy -0.086 1.13 Pitcher WPA aLI
RF – Sierra 0.033 0.78 SP – Ricky 0.114 1.00
3B – Hechavarria 0.028 1.14 RP – Lyon 0.033 0.42

Bests / Worsts and the Gif of the game after the jump!
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I’m entirely uneasy with using the death of a fan– or sadly, I must say the latest death of a fan– as a jumping off point for some kind of rumination on coping with collective sorrow and what a terrible season it’s been for anyone that follows the Toronto Blue Jays, because very obviously all of that pales in comparison to what happened to Brian Ludwig outside a Calgary bar this week, and what it means for his family, after the 41-year-old father was killed in a fight that started, according to police, via the Calgary Herald, with an argument about the Jays’ pitching staff.

How absolutely senseless and horrifying and stupid.

And yet I think it’s worthwhile today, with this and other, less crucial yet still dispiriting news about the team crashing down around us, continuing what has been an awful few weeks, to deliberately make the connection to that brutal event, and to think about what kinds of powerful emotions this little distraction called sports can stir in us, if only to shake our heads in disbelief and remind ourselves for a second or two that, holy shit, it’s only a game.

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse…

This is your Game Threat.

Batter WPA aLI
LF – Davis -0.069 0.92
CF – Rasmus 0.684 1.36 Pitcher WPA aLI
1B – Encarnacion -0.111 0.90 SP – Alvarez -0.215 0.89
DH – Lind 0.014 1.17 RP – Laffey -0.139 0.57
SS – Escobar -0.070 1.05 RP – Delabar 0.013 0.44
2B – Johnson -0.108 1.32 RP – Loup 0.003 0.33
C – Torrealba 0.217 1.30 RP – Lincoln 0.024 0.39
RF – Sierra -0.144 1.36 RP – Janssen -0.292 2.27
3B – Hechavarria 0.148 1.81 RP – Oliver 0.349 2.87

Bests / Worsts and the Gif of the game after the jump!
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