I hope we see more of this. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
I used the off day to take my boys to see Batman. I liked it, not loved it, but liked it. I would have rather Bane didn't have to deliver his lines through one of those Darth Vader voice changer things. I think I understood about half of what he said. It did surprise me when he said to Batman 'Bruce, I am your father'. There was a little bit too much of the characters doing long monologues when a bit of action was in order. I'd give an example but I'd like to avoid spoilers.
Back to baseball, what a difference a few days make. After the Yankee's series, we were told the 'season's over'. Then a series sweep over the Red Sox and people are trying to jump on the band wagon again. A loss tonight and they'll be jumping off again.
It is a big start for Brett Cecil. With J.A. Happ sitting in the bullpen, waiting for a shot at getting into the rotation. I sure hope the Jays didn't trade for Happ to have him pitch middle relief.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||OAKLAND A\'S|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||Coco Crisp, CF|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||Jonny Gomes, DH|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||Josh Reddick, RF|
|Adam Lind, DH||Yoenis Cespedes, LF|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||Chris Carter, 1B|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||Brandon Inge, 3B|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||Derek Norris, C|
|Travis Snider, LF||Brandon Hicks, SS|
|Rajai Davis, RF||Jemile Weeks, 2B|
No Gose in against the lefty again. I am thinking that Gose isn't quite ready for the big leagues yet. Or at least his bat isn't. He is 1 for 11 now, and that one really was more a mistake by the pitcher. He does have 2 walks, but 5 strikeouts.
Travis Snider is 4 for 11, with a double and homer. He has a walk and a sac fly, with 5 strikeouts as well. Small sample sizes on both.
It is going to be a tough series, the A's are on a 5 game win streak, including a sweep of the Yankees. It should be a fun series.
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- No pictures or GIFs until the game ends.
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