Of brackets and baseball

TORONTO — Mario friggin Chalmers. I was two seconds away from being crowned champion of the only two NCAA bracket pools that I entered this year. Then Chalmers hits that crazy three pointer for the Jayhawks, sends the game against Memphis to OT and, well, I’m sure you can figure out the rest…

At least I still managed to win one of the pools. Apparently no one in that one had Kansas winning it all. Still, that was a pretty solid game throughout. Anyway, I’m sure you all are veeerrrry interested in how my brackets turned out. You are? OK, I had three of the Final Four teams and six of the Elite Eight correct. Oh, wait…you really weren’t interested.

On to Blue Jays then:

B.J. Ryan threw in a Minors game on Monday and will make one more appearance with Class A Dunedin on Wednesday before moving to Triple-A Syrcause. He’lk make about four outings there on his every other day schedule and could possibly be ready to rejoin the Jays for their next homestand. No pitching on consecutive days until some time in May, though.

Scott Rolen had the pin removed from his right middle finger on Monday and has already started doing some baseball activities. He’ll join up with the team on the road in Baltimore, where he’ll have his hand looked at by Dr. Thomas Graham. The hope is that Rolen can take part in BP and start throwing in Baltimore and then maybe be sent out on a rehab assignment. We’ll see.

Manager John Gibbons reiterated again today that Matt Stairs and Shannon Stewart are not in a strict platoon — that Stew will indeed get some starts against right-handers. Gibby also noted that it hasn’t been by design that Brandon League hasn’t been used yet. The starting pitching has just been so dang good and Gibby wanted to get Randy Wells in for his big-league debut the other day. Leaguer should be in there soon enough.

Today’s lineups:

OAKLAND (3-4) at TORONTO (4-2)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

ATHLETICS
Travis Buck, RF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Daric Barton, 1B
Mike Sweeney, DH
Jack Cust, LF
Bobby Crosby, SS
Jack Hannahan, 3B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Ryan Sweeney, CF

PITCHING: RHP Chad Gaudin

BLUE JAYS
David Eckstein, SS
Matt Stairs, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Marco Scutaro, 3B
Gregg Zaun, C

PITCHING: RHP A.J. Burnett

4 Comments

Jordan,

I am interested, I love the N.C.A.A. tournament. Perhaps some day they might have a football playoff system in Division 1. I would rank last night’s game among the top 5 National Championship’s game in the last 25 years or so. 1983, N.C. State against Phi Slamma Jamma being #1 in my book. That game was UNBELIEVEABLE. 25 years later, I still can’t believe N.C. State won.

Coach Caliapari should have called a T.O. after Rose made it a 3 point game. Set your defense up. Of course they should have fouled but they failed to do so. Up 9 with just over 2:00 minutes to go, can you say choke? Of course the Jayhawks still had to make shots and they did.

Now when some of the Memphis players go to the N.B.A. How much of a pay cut do you think they take? LOL.

Rough night for A.j. in hindsight, I am glad Rich didn’t pitch tonight or the Jays could easily be down 5 or 6 runs still. Lyle Overbay has saved Eckstein from a couple of throwing erros, I hope that doesn’t continue (eckstein’s bad throwing). If League doesn’t get used tonight then I hope they don’t just leave him there to “rot” becuse it’ll start to look that way.

Great to see Wells and Thomas off to a great start. The only ones im worried about is our catchers who havn’t contributed to our offence yet, and I expect to see a homerun from Rios and Overbay by now. But at least they our getting on base.

That was UGLY, with a capital UG!! It seemed like all our pitchers were working behind in the count, and you don’t win many games like that. Get that first pitch strike, and good things happen. Go 2-0, and it’s tough. How can everybody go South all at once?
Jordan, you just explained why I never go into pools with sports writers. You guys are supposed to know these things.
Always nice.

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