Tuesday Post Long Weekend Links

ST. PETERSBURG - MAY 21: Infielder Yunel Escobar #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays crosses homeplate after his home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on May 21, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Well, I don't have any interesting baseball stories to tell like Minor Leaguer did yesterday. I spent the long weekend being productive, which isn't nearly as fun as spending the long weekend watching baseball. Oh well, it was a great weekend weather wise, and a good long weekend for the Jays, winning 3 of 4. Nice to take the game in Tampa last night, hopefully the Jays can keep it up tonight. Game recaps of that win from Gregor Chisholm, Wilner and Griffin. To top off a good baseball weekend, the Fisher Cats pitchers combined for a no-hitter. Here is the recap from New Hampshire.

Finally, before I jump into the Jays links, take 5 seconds and check out this sweet colourization of the Willie Mays famous catch. Great stuff.

JAYS LINKS

Pat Hentgen sees greatness in Blue Jays prospects
Hentgen spent a week at Lansing recently, and he has great things to say about the young pitchers there, going as far as making comparisons to Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter and Justin Verlander.

J.P. Arencibia named AL Player of the Week
He is the first Blue Jay catcher to win the award.

Litsch in limbo
An update on Litsch's situation.

Vladimir Guerrero set to become the 56th player to suit up for Expos and Blue Jays
Kevin Glew gives us some Canadian related facts about the Jays most recent acquisition.

MLB youth academy lifts 51s' Gose to great heights
Anthony Gose has been hitting well, and could soon be the third player from The Compton Urban Youth Academy to play in the majors.

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack
Kevin Goldstein writes about D'Arnaud in a prospect update. He finishes with this:

Despite his on-base struggles, big league catcher J.P. Arencibia is still a valuable commodity for his power alone, but with the first-base slot suddenly open due to Adam Lind's continued struggles, there just might be a way to keep both the incumbent and the top prospect in the end.

I'm not sure that JPA can hit well enough to play 1B or DH, but who knows. He won't be any worse than Lind was to start the season I guess.

While Texas still reigns, there is some hostile movement coming from the right
Power rankings are a waste of time, rabble, rabble, rabble. I know they're not the most useful exercise, but Jonah Keri has the Jays up to 7th in his weekly list.

Lots from around the league after the jump.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Remember Early April? That Was Awesome.
Good old small sample size.

Adam Dunn's Magical Medicine Ball
Remember when Dunn stunk last year? Apparently he's good again.

Max Scherzer Strikes Out 15, All Swinging

According to STATS LLC, the last pitcher to record 15 strikeouts in a game, all by swinging, was Mike Scott of the Houston Astros, which came against the Cincinnati Reds on June 8, 1990.

That's kind of crazy.

Rangers Will Consider Roy Oswalt
I'm sure there will be a few teams linked to Roy, until he signs somewhere.

Berkman has torn meniscus, prepares for worst
Lance Berkman wonders if his career might be over. Meanwhile, Dave Cameron wonders if he is a hall of famer.

Angels' Wells will miss 8 to 10 weeks
In other injury news, Vernon tore a ligament in his thumb.

Who Gets the Scoop? Major League Reporters, Ranked. 2011-12 Edition
Want to know which reporters to follow? Dave Gershman has the answer - in graph form!

Interleague play ramps up MLB weekend attendance
I wonder how the Jays did this weekend attendance wise.

10th anniversary: Giambi-Mabry trade
Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times has an interesting story about Billy Beane and trading Jeremy Giambi. This trade was the anti-sabermetric trade.

Brian McNamee names three other players he says took HGH
An update on the Clemens case.

Prospects: International Affairs: Rangers, Beras Still Await MLB's Decision
Is the young Dominican 16? Is he 17? Or is he older?

Cincinnati Reds fan catches back-to-back home run balls
Lucky guy!

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