A Brunch Worth of Links, Sunday Aug 19, 2012 Links

Aug 18, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva (33) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre. The Rangers beat the Blue Jays 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE


Tough loss yesterday. Hopefully Ricky Romero Bobble Head Day will go better for our team. If the Jays can pass on LOBsters and get more Rib-eyes into their diet will help. Of course it would be nice if the pitching continues to do a good job, Gose gets better outfielder sunglasses and (might as well get greedy about it) the Jays stay healthy, too.

GAME RECAP LINKS

Strong start from Villanueva wasted as Rangers squeak past Jays - The Globe and Mail
The Globe/CP's recap of the loss

Blue Jays’ season of frustration continues in 2-1 loss to Rangers: Griffin - thestar.com
Griff's account of the 2-1 loss

Roy Oswalt, bullpen allow Rangers to pull out win over Blue Jays, 2-1 | Texas Rangers News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
A look at yesterday's game from the other side.

More After the Jump

JAYS LINKS

Blue Jays hoping to get Jose Bautista back in the lineup next weekend - The Globe and Mail
Jedi back next week? Good news feels kind of funny. Different even.

Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos committed to free-agent arms race in off-season: Griffin - thestar.com
"That’s obviously an area we’re going to have to address," Anthopoulos said. "But I do feel like the rotation now — in the past, there were multiple areas to address and fix — and we can always get better, in the offence and in the bullpen, but I think we have the makings of a championship-calibre team in the bullpen and from an offensive standpoint. Certainly the ingredients are there."

Lansing Lugnuts Profile: Catcher Aaron Munoz from Nogales, Mexico | MLive.com
Lansing Lugnuts catcher Aaron Munoz reveals he loves sushi, country music and bowling in this week's Lugnuts Profile.

Kevin Gray's On Baseball: From Einstein to Morrow, some big names at Fishers | New Hampshire SPORTS0102
Life in the minors with some news on Morrow.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Scott Rolen's Drive-Thru Commercial
Ha.

GIF: The Universal Language of the Bat Flip | NotGraphs Baseball
EE's bat flip courtesy of NotGraphs and Blue Jay Hunter's tumblr account.

MLB and LLWS LINKS

Panama spoils Uganda’s debut at Little League World Series - The Globe and Mail
The first team from Africa to advance to South Williamsport in the 66-year history of the tourney did fall in its debut

Canadian little leaguer dazzles with amazing diving catch | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Big League Stew: The Little League World Series is off and running in Williamsport, Pa., and we've already seen some entertaining action over the first two days of play.

Managing in big leagues tougher than ever: Perkins - thestar.com
"There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: Build a fire, run a hotel and manage a baseball team."

Eddie Murray charged with insider trading | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
From the MLB crime and punishment file.

Rosenthal On Andrus, Headley, Ichiro, Victorino: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
Via MLBTraderumors. Kenny Ken Ken mentions that the Pirates had a choice to trade Brad Lincoln for Shane Victorino or Travis.

Exclusive: MLB to test two different advanced replay systems during games next week - Yahoo! Sports
Yet Bud proclaims there is no outcry for replay. BTW, when does Bob Davidson umpire in a Jays game?

Umpires Still Blow Call After Consulting With Each Other And That Is OK
Seems that the MLB is reviewing replay systems is just a coincidence... right? (sometimes NSFW)

Will Chris Volstad Ever Win Again? - Baseball Nation
Shades of Jo-Jo Reyes.

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine: ‘I’m not doing a good job’ | MLB | Sports | National Post
With Boston's chances of reaching the playoffs slim, Bobby Valentine says he is disappointed with his performance.

Ron Washington on the offense: "It’s a weird year" | Texas Rangers Blog
Ah, first place problems. Hey Ron, at least you still have a pitching staff and your top hitters haven't been injured.

Baseball History - August 19th - National Pastime - Baseball History
2006 John Hattig becomes the first person born in Guam to appear in a major league game. The 26-year old Toronto third baseman from Tamuning, who replaces Troy Glaus in the bottom of the fourth, bats clean-up and strikes out looking in both his at bats in the Orioles' 15-0 rout of the Blue Jays.

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