Pain in the neck

TORONTO — Well, Matt Stairs is over his stiff neck problem and back in the Blue Jays’ lineup as the designated hitter in the fifth spot. I, on the other hand, have a kink in the right side of my neck that started after my long run along the lakefront last night. Go figure.

Shannon Stewart is back in the leadoff spot for the third straight game. This season, he’s led off in six games and has hit .286 with a .448 OBP in those contests. Since Vernon Wells went down with his left wrist injury on May 9, Stewart has hit .318/.404 in 13 games.

And I’m getting goosebumps just thinking abou Lyle Overbay’s first at-bat tonight. If he gets a hit, or is plunked by the pitch or draws a walk he will have reached base in a franchise record 12 straight plate appearances! Overbay is currently tied with Tony Fernandez’s 1999 record of 11. Can you feel the excitement? All kidding side, that’s a pretty solid feat.

Today’s lineups:

KANSAS CITY (21-28) at TORONTO (26-25)
at 1:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre

David DeJesus, LF
Esteban German, 2B
Alex Gordon, 3B
Jose Guillen, DH
Billy Butler, 1B
John Buck, C
Ross Gload, RF
Tony Pena, SS
Joey Gathright, CF


Shannon Stewart, LF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, CF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Matt Stairs, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Marco Scutaro, SS
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Rod Barajas, C

PITCHING: RHP Dustin McGowan

UPDATE: It’s just past midnight and I’m packing my bags for Cali. Won’t be at the ballyard tomorrow — I’m leaving on a jetplane. Catch you all from the Coast on Tuesday.



    Hi Jordan

    To my knowledge there is no Jays media that do a “down on the farm” report. Is that something you could do on a weekly/bi-weekly basis?


    Vernon Wells. The guy who had an 8 hitting streak before he went down and was really the only Jay hitting at the time. Please don’t suggest that the reason the Jays are playing so well is because he’s out. The truth is if he were this team is that much better. Brad Wilkerson wouldn’t be playing for one.


    Ha easy now… I’m saying the team has sure made Wells’ injury forgetable with the way they have been playing as of late. Obviously!!!!!….. It would be great to have him in our lineup.

    Just a thought…. I would really love the Jays to get some real grass in the skydome. That should be possible since they have the retractable roof. Better atmosphere and better for the players.


    Any one here want to make a bet that the Big Hurt will hit like 3 home runs against us this series?


    Sorry Rmatty. For a second I thought you’d be one of those fans who’d imply that because Wells’ isn’t in the lineup the team is better because “he’s just not a winner” etc.
    Freedom, I have a bad feeling too, that he’ll have a terrific series though I wont bet with you.


    I’m still confused as to why we dumped Thomas so early. We could have used him for awhile longer before he was in range of of his option ab’s. I also have never bought into the “cancer” in the clubhouse story. I’ve played lots of sports with clowns that you simply ignore… they never prevented me from playing the sport at a certain level. If Thomas didn’t like sitting on the bench, too flippin bad! He isn’t the manager, and to my knowledge no where in his contract stated that he had to play everyday. We should have kept him, sat him and waited to see if his bat would come around. You would be able to see his progress in batting practice. You just know he will have a big second half and HURT us in a few games.

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