Goodbye Detroit

Six days in Detroit and I’ve seen two baseball games — can’t say I anticipated that. On Thursday, the Tigers and Blue Jays decided it was too cold and windy to play the finale of their three-game set. Considering that they’ve cut the heat in the pressbox now, I’m going to have to agree with their decision.

"You’ve got to look at it, too, from the management point of view," Jays second baseman Aaron Hill said. "You’re sending guys out there in 20 degree weather or whatever, the last thing you want to do is get somebody hurt. I hope we come back in a few months and it’s a little warmer hopefully — if there’s such a thing in Detroit."

There have been a few snow flurries flying around, but nothing close to a blizzard, and hardly any reason to even go looking for a shovel. The tarp has actually been removed from the field, too. Toronto won’t be complaining, though. After A.J. Burnett’s two-inning outing on Wednesday, the bullpen was taxed and wasn’t about to get a break with Gustavo Chacin taking the mound today.

The relief corps and the rotation will all get an extra day now, though. The "snow out" caused some changed to the probable pitchers, too:

FRIDAY at Tampa Bay: LHP Gustavo Chacin (8 days rest)
SATURDAY at Tampa Bay: RHP Tomo Ohka (7 days rest)
SUNDAY at Tampa Bay: RHP Roy Halladay (5 days rest)
MONDAY vs. Kansas City: RHP A.J. Burnett
TUESDAY vs. Kansas City: RHP Josh Towers (9 days rest)
WEDNESDAY vs. Kansas City: LHP Gustavo Chacin

The Jays would prefer to keep Halladay on his normal five-day schedule, but they also don’t want Ohka to get too far removed from his last outing, either. Also, this allows Toronto to have Halladay and Burnett fall back into the Nos. 1-2 positions in the rotation. Towers was upset that the postponed game — rescheduled for Sept. 10 — bumped his start on Sunday, because he hasn’t pitched since March 31 and is eager to get back on the mound.

Also on Thursday, Toronto dealt RHP Francisco Rosario to Philadelphia for cash considerations. This was a move that wasn’t hard to see coming. The Phils were scouting Rosario this spring, and the pitcher was out of options and without a job with the Jays. Toronto designated him for assignment last week.

HE SAID IT: "When we went out to the mound a couple times yesterday, I’d look at him like, ‘What’s wrong with you, man?’ His hairs [on his arms] were sticking up. He was trying to act like he was tough or something." — Hill, joking about first baseman Lyle Overbay wearing short sleeves during Thursday’s cold and windy contest

That’s all for now. I’m taking some time off over the next few days and catching a flight back to Toronto in the morning. I’ll be back at the blog next week. Until then…


This year should be more exciting then last year. I’m hoping to see at least a wild card.

I like what I’ve seen so far. They are scoring 2 out runs, hitting with men on base, and if they get down by a couple, they just keep on coming. By and large, the pitching has kept us in striking distance, and should improve as the arms get tougher. The way they were flashing leather on Sunday looked like a playoff game was on the line. The only thing missing is a couple of 5-10 game streaks, and we will have to wait for those.

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