Game #80: Jays at M's pregame

Seattle definitely rates as one of my favorite cities to visit on the road. Today, I enjoyed the Underground tour downtown, which provides some interesting, and comical, history about the early days in Seattle. After that, I walked along the Sound and wandered up to the mighty Space Needle, which would probably be more impressive if I didn’t live near the CN Tower in Toronto. Now that all the touristy stuff is out of the way, it’s back to work at the ballpark. Here’s today’s pregame:


Toronto (39-40) at Seattle (43-33)
at 10:05 p.m. ET at lovely Safeco Field

Today’s lineups:

Alex Rios, RF
Gregg Zaun, C
Vernon Wells, CF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Frank Thomas, DH
Matt Stairs, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Adam Lind, LF
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay

Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Jose Vidro, DH
Jose Guillen, RF
Richie Sexson, 1B
Ben Broussard, LF
Kenji Johjima, C
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
*Willie Bloomquist, 2B

PITCHING: RHP Miguel Batista

*2B Jose Lopez was a late scratch

NOTES: The X-ray on 1B Lyle Overbay’s right hand came back with no unexpected results. There was still a slight crack, but Overbay said the hand was healing fine and he was cleared to continue his program. He’s scheduled to take part in BP in Oakland on either Monday or Tuesday. … Toronto manager John Gibbons said LHP Gustavo Chacin is scheduled to throw off a mound in a bullpen session on Monday. … On the current road trip, today’s Nos. 3-6 hitters — Wells, Glaus, Thomas and Stairs — have combined to hit just .186, entering Saturday. … Since 2004, Halladay ranks second in the bigs with a .739 winning percentage following a team loss. John Smoltz (.742) ranks first. … LF Reed Johnson served as the left fielder for Dunedin in a rehab appearance with Class A Dunedin on Saturday. Gibbons said Johnson was expected to return shortly after the All-Star break and would immediately serve as Toronto’s leadoff hitter when he’s back.

SIDEBAR: For the action movie enthusiasts out there, I reccommend Live Free or Die Hard — the fourth installment in the Die Hard series. The plot was utterly ridiculous, as were the stunts, but that’s what great action flicks are all about, right? Bruce Willis had me cracking up and the movie moved at a fast pace. Now, don’t get me wrong, the movie won’t crack my "favorite films" list by any means, but it was definitely fun to see on the big screen and I’ll be adding it to my extensive DVD collection when it comes out.



    Now we are starting to see what they are made of.Wells at leadoff the Jays 5-1 Wells not at leadoff the Jays 0-3 three cheers for Gibbons LOL.


    Just try to keep it close, guys. We can almost hold our breath now until Reed comes back.
    Speaking of hitting:

    I know the Jays preach patience at the plate, working the count, and so on, but I see them watch a lot of first pitch fast balls go by. What’s wrong with taking a swing, especially early in the game, when the pitcher may not have his best breaking stuff going. The worst you could do would be to waste a hack, but you would still be standing there 0-1 anyway. It seems to me that when they are hitting well, they are driving a lot more 0-0 balls.

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