July 2010

Deadline Day lineups: Tribe at Jays

CLEVELAND AT TORONTO
at 1:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre


Thumbnail image for IndiansClogo.gifINDIANS (42-61, 16.5 GB AL CENTRAL)

1. Trevor Crowe, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, DH
5. Matt LaPorta, 1B
6. Shelley Duncan, DH
7. Jayson Nix, 3B
8. Jason Donald, 2B
9. Chris Gimenez, C

Pitching: Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.29)


Thumbnail image for Tlogo.gifBLUE JAYS (54-49, 11.5 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
9. Jose Molina, C

Pitching: Brett Cecil (8-5, 3.89)

–JB

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Game 103 lineups: Indians at Jays

CLEVELAND AT TORONTO
at 7:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre


Thumbnail image for IndiansRetro.gifINDIANS (42-60, 15.5 GB AL CENTRAL)

1. Trevor Crowe, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Austin Kearns, LF
6. Matt LaPorta, 1B
7. Shelley Duncan, DH
8. Jayson Nix, 3B
9. Jason Donald, 2B

Pitching: Justin Masterson (3-9, 5.19)


Thumbnail image for BlueJaysRetro.gifBLUE JAYS (53-49, 12.5 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. John Buck, C
9. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B

Pitching: Shaun Marcum (9-4, 3.36)

–JB

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Owning the OrioLLLLLLLLLLLLes

JonesJump.jpgThe Blue Jays have some kind of streak going against the Orioles right now. Wednesday’s 5-0 win improved Toronto’s record against Baltimore to 12-0 this season. That is the longest such run to open a season against any team for the Jays.

“You can’t explain it,” Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay said. “You don’t know what we’re doing, but I know we definitely feel confident up there.”

Let’s break it down, shall we?

THE SEASON SERIES

April 6 at Baltimore: 7-6
April 7 at Baltimore: 3-0
April 8 at Baltimore: 5-2

May 28 vs. Baltimore: 5-0
May 29 vs. Baltimore: 5-2
May 30 vs. Baltimore: 6-1

July 16 at Baltimore: 4-2
July 17 at Baltimore: 3-2
July 18 at Baltimore: 10-1

July 26 vs. Baltimore: 9-5
July 27 vs. Baltimore: 8-2
July 28 vs. Baltimore: 5-0

  • Consider that the Orioles (31-70) are now 21.5 games behind the Blue Jays (53-49) for fourth place in the American League East. There is only one team facing a larger deficit for the first in their division: Arizona is 22 games out of the National League West’s top spot.
  • The Jays’ 12-0 record to open the year against the Orioles marks the first time since 1999 that a team won 12 in a row against one team to begin a season. That year, the Rangers accomplished the feat against the Twins.
  • The 12-game winning streak against the Orioles is the second-longest run in team history against one club for the Jays. Toronto previously had 13-game streaks against the Orioles (1999-2000) and against the Indians (1991-92).
  • The Blue Jays have six sweeps overall this season. Four have been against the Orioles. If you removed the games against Baltimore — which include three of Toronto’s eight shutouts this year — the Blue Jays would be eight games under .500.

THE STATS

Blue Jays: 70 runs (5.8 per game)
Orioles: 23 runs (1.9 per games)

Blue Jays: 24 home runs & 59 extra-base hits
Jose Bautista: 6 home runs & 13 extra-base hits
Orioles: 4 home runs & 20 extra-base hits

Blue Jays: 12-0 with a 1.75 ERA
Ricky Romero: 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA
Orioles: 0-12 with a 5.65 ERA

Blue Jays: .292 (121-for-414) average
Orioles: .228 (89-for-390) average

“You don’t expect it,” said Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells, referring to his club’s undefeated record against the Orioles. “We’ve seemed to get the breaks when we’ve needed them against them.”

Six games to go…

–JB

Game 102 lineups: Orioles at Jays

BALTIMORE AT TORONTO
at 7:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre

Thumbnail image for Orioles.gifORIOLES (31-69, 32.5 GB AL EAST)
1. Brian Roberts, 2B
2. Migue Tejada, 3B
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Luke Scott, DH
5. Ty Wigginton, 1B
6. Adam Jones, CF
7. Jake Fox, C
8. Corey Patterson, LF
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Pitching: Jeremy Guthrie (4-10, 4.46)

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgBLUE JAYS (52-49, 12.0 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. John Buck, C
9. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B

Pitching: Brad Mills (Season debut)

–JB

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Game 101 lineups: Orioles at Jays

BALTIMORE AT TORONTO
at 7:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre


Thumbnail image for Orioles.gifORIOLES (31-68, 32.5 GB AL EAST)

1. Julio Lugo, 2B
2. Migue Tejada, 3B
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Luke Scott, DH
5. Adam Jones, CF
6. Matt Wieters, C
7. Felix Pie, LF
8. Jake Fox, 1B
9. Cesar Izturis, SS

Pitching: Kevin Millwood (2-9, 5.84)


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgBLUE JAYS (51-49, 13.0 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. John Buck, C
9. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B

Pitching: Ricky Romero (7-7, 3.52)

–JB

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Heading back to T.O.

Thumbnail image for PleaseStandBy.jpgI will not be in Detroit covering the Blue Jays for the upcoming four-game series. I will catch you from Toronto on Monday and during thre upcoming homestand. And I may or may not be blogging in the next few days off.

So stay tuned…

~JB

Game 95 lineups: Jays at Royals

TORONTO AT KANSAS CITY
at 2:10 p.m. ET, Kauffman Stadium

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgBLUE JAYS (48-46, 12.0 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. John McDonald, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
9. Jose Molina, C

Pitching: Marc Rzepczynski (0-0, 5.40)

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Royals.gifROYALS (40-53, 11.0 GB AL CENTRAL)
1. Willie Bloomquist, RF
2. Mike Aviles, 2B
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Wilson Betemit, LF
5. Jose Guillen, DH
6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
7. Brayan Pena, C
8. Mitch Maier, CF
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

Pitching: Zack Greinke (5-9, 3.67)

NOTE: SS Yunel Escobar remains day to day with a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in Monday’s game. Manager Cito Gaston is hoping Escobar will be able to play on Thursday.

–JB

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Game 94 lineups: Jays at Royals*

TheK3.jpg*That is, if this game gets played tonight…

TORONTO AT KANSAS CITY
at 8:10 p.m. ET, Kauffman Stadium

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgBLUE JAYS (47-46, 12.0 GB AL EAST)
1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. John McDonald, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. John Buck, C
9. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B

Pitching: Jesse Litsch (0-4, 6.54)

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Royals.gifROYALS (40-52, 11.0 GB AL CENTRAL)
1. Scott Podsednik, LF
2. Jason Kendall, C
3. David DeJesus, CF
4. Billy Butler, 1B
5. Jose Guillen, DH
6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
7. Mitch Maier, RF
8. Mike Aviles, 2B
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

Pitching: Anthony Lerew (1-3, 7.56)

NOTE: SS Yunel Escobar is day to day with a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in Monday’s game. Manager Cito Gaston is hoping Escobar will be able to play on Wednesday.

–JB

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Game 93 lineups: Jays at Royals

TORONTO AT KANSAS CITY
at 8:10 p.m. ET, Kauffman Stadium


Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgBLUE JAYS (47-45, 11.5 GB AL EAST)

1. Fred Lewis, LF
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Aaron Hill, 2B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. John Buck, C
9. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B

Pitching: Brett Cecil (8-5, 3.97)




Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Royals.gifROYALS (39-52, 11.0 GB AL CENTRAL)

1. Scott Podsednik, LF
2. Jason Kendall, C
3. David DeJesus, CF
4. Billy Butler, 1B
5. Jose Guillen, DH
6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
7. Mike Aviles, 2B
8. Willie Bloomquist, RF
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

Pitching: Kyle Davies (4-6, 5.57)

~JB

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So far, muy bien

Escobar.jpg

YUNEL ESCOBAR

In first three games with Blue Jays:

.462 average
15 plate appearances
13 at-bats
6 hits
5 RBIs
3 runs scored
1 grand slam
1 infield single
1 bunt single
1 sacrifice bunt
1 walk
0 strikeouts
1 behind-the-back glove flip

Toronto:

3 wins against the Orioles

–JB

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