August 2007

Game #109: Rangers at Blue Jays pregame

Texas (48-61) at Toronto (54-54)
at 1:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

RANGERS
Frank Catalanotto, LF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Michael Young, SS
Marlon Byrd, CF
Jason Botts, DH
Nelson Cruz, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B
Gerald Laird, C
Ramon Vazquez, 3B

PITCHING: RHP Willie Eyre (3-3, 3.88 ERA)

BLUE JAYS
Reed Johnson, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Troy Glaus, 3B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Gregg Zaun, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum (7-4, 3.67 ERA)

NOTES: Pretty thin today, fans. Hector Luna was at Rogers Centre a day after being claimed off waivers by the Jays. He can fill in as a backup at short, third, second and he may even see some time in the outfield. … Glaus was bumped down to the sixth slot for the third time this year. Since July 16, the third baseman has hit just .129 in a span of 16 games. … Other than that, all’s quiet in T-town this afternoon.

AL EAST STANDINGS
entering Saturday
1. Boston 66-43 (–)
2. New York 59-50 (7)
3. Toronto 54-54 (11.5)
4. Baltimore 51-57 (14.5)
5. Tampa Bay 41-67 (24.5)

AL WILD CARD RACE
entering Saturday
1. Detroit 61-47 (–)
2. Seattle 60-47 (0.5)
3. New York 59-50 (2.5)
4. Minnesota 55-53 (6)
5. Toronto 54-54 (7)

Game 108: Rangers at Blue Jays pregame

Texas (48-60) at Toronto (53-54)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

RANGERS
Frank Catalanotto, LF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Michael Young, SS
Marlon Byrd, CF
Jason Botts, DH
Nelson Cruz, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B
Gerald Laird, C
Ramon Vazquez, 3B

PITCHING: RHP Kevin Millwood (7-9, 5.95 ERA)

BLUE JAYS
Reed Johnson, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Gregg Zaun, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay (11-5, 4.04 ERA)

NOTES: As you’ve likely read in multiple places, Toronto designated SS Royce Clayton for assignment, which means the club has 10 days to either trade, release or reassign the 37-year-old infielder. To take his spot on the roster, Toronto purchased the contract of infielder Ray Olmedo, whose primary position is short, but who can fill in occasionally at second base and third. … RHP A.J. Burnett will indded make a Minor League rehab start on Monday with Triple-A Syracuse, who will be visiting Ottawa. Burnett will only make one rehab start before being activated from the DL for Toronto’s upcoming series in Kansas City. He’ll take the ball on eiter Saturday (Jesse Litsch’s day) or on Sunday (Josh Towers’ day). Toronto hasn’t decided whose spot Burnett will take, yet. … Prior to the game, the Jays announced that they claimed INF Hector Luna off waivers from Cleveland. No word yet if he’s reporting to Toronto or Triple-A. … At the ballpark on Friday was former Jay John Mayberry, who spent the 1978-82 seasons with Toronto. Mayberry was on had for the Jays’ Flashback Friday promotion. … Also, for those in the comment field who were batting around the idea of Reed Johnson moving to short, it ain’t happening. But, along those lines, it will be interesting to see what the club does this offseason to make room for Adam Lind.

AL EAST STANDINGS
entering Friday
1. Boston 66-42 (–)
2. New York 58-50 (8)
3. Toronto 53-54 (12.5)
4. Baltimore 50-57 (15.5)
5. Tampa Bay 41-66 (24.5)

AL WILD CARD RACE
entering Friday
1. Cleveland 61-47 (–)
2. Seattle 59-47 (1)
3. New York 58-50 (3)
4. Minnesota 55-52 (5.5)
5. Toronto 53-54 (7.5)

POLL: OK, so this isn’t baseball related, but my wife and I are contemplating going to see either The Simpsons Movie or Bourne Ultimatum this weekend, and undoubtedly we will see both in the coming weeks. So, my question is which should we see first this weekend? Simpsons Movie has been out for a little while, so I’m sure some of you have seen it. Bourne came out today I believe, so I’ll be impressed if there’s any reviews until later tonight. Thoughts?

Game #107: Jays at Rays pregame

Toronto (53-53) at Tampa Bay (40-66)
at 3:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field

Today’s lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Reed Johnson, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Vernon Wells, CF
Matt Stairs, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Curtis Thigpen, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Josh Towers (5-7, 5.08 ERA)

DEVIL RAYS
Akinori Iwamura, 3B
Carl Crawford, LF
B.J. Upton, CF
Carlos Pena, 1B
Delmon Young, RF
Brendan Harris, 2B
Jonny Gomes, DH
Dioner Navarro, C
Josh Wilson, SS

PITCHING: RHP Jason Hammel (1-1, 5.33 ERA)

NOTES: Towers is making his first start since he made critical comments about manager John Gibbons, the coaching staff and his teammates. … Gibbons gave Thomas a second straight day off. Thomas said he asked for the day off on Tuesday, because his timing has been a little off at the plate. In Chicago, Thomas complained of feeling some general soreness for the first time this season, but the Big Hurt said Wednesday that isn’t behind his taking two days off here in St. Pete. … RHP A.J. Burnett threw 61 pitches in a four-inning simulated game at 11 a.m. at the Trop. Toronto hasn’t decided if he’ll need a Minor League rehab. If he does, it will be on Monday. … Gibbons may want to rethink using Hill as a leadoff man again. In four starts as the leadoff man, including on Tuesday, Hill has gone 0-for-18 at the plate.

AL EAST STANDINGS
entering Wednesday
1. Boston 64-42 (–)
2. New York 57-49 (7)
3. Toronto 53-53 (11)
4. Baltimore 50-55 (13.5)
5. Tampa Bay 40-66 (24)

AL WILD CARD RACE
entering Wednesday
1. Cleveland 60-46 (–)
2. Seattle 58-47 (1.5)
3. New York 57-49 (3)
4. Minnesota 55-51 (5)
5. Toronto 53-53 (7)

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