Pockets Empty, How Can You Tell Me That Everything Will Work Out?: GameThread for Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals, 20 April 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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Well, we've had some bad luck with reggae songs the past couple days so, to shake things up a bit, we've decided to go with some rock & roll. Today's title comes from Kansas City's own Get Up Kids. I can't imagine that I'm the only one whose been driven to listening to emo (and drinking) after watching the Blue Jays these past couple nights.

Anyway, let's hope our corvid friends fare better in tonight's contest with the Royals of Kansas City. Kyle Drabek (2-0, 1.42) gets the start for the Jays and looks to build on what has been a very nice beginning to his season thus far. He had a stellar performance last time out (though he wasn't exactly facing Baltimore's A-squad it's not like you can get batters out if you aren't facing them). Hopeully he builds on what has been a good start. Keep proving the doubters wrong, Kyle!

Twirling for the Royals will be former first overall pick Luke Hochevar (1-1, 7.84). Thus far, Hochevar's career has been a cautionary tale -- after the 2006 season, Baseball America ranked Hochevar the 32nd best prospect in baseball. Nonetheless, Hochevar's results have never quite matched his peripherals (career ERA 5.33, career xFIP: 4.26) and maybe he'll finally put it together this year. Just not against the Jays.


Yunel Escobar - SS Alex Gordon - LF
Kelly Johnson - 2B Yuniesky Betancourt - 2B
Jose Bautista - RF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Adam Lind - 1B Billy Butler - DH
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Jeff Francoeur - RF
Eric Thames - LF Mike Moustakas - 3B
Brett Lawrie - 3B Humberto Quintero - C
Colby Rasmus - CF Mitch Maier - CF
J.P. Arencibia - C Alcides Escobar - SS

Our Escobar's better than theirs.

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