March Break Friday Links with Poll! March 8, 2013

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Spring Training Continues for our favorite team, slowly and painfully. Injuries are taking their toll on the Jays and Team Canada while the O's win one in the 9th. Meanwhile, Italy seems to be the Cameroon of baseball as they upset Mexico in WBC news.

JAYS LINKS

Orioles storm back for spring training win over Jays - The Globe and Mail
Mark Buehrle, as the Blue Jays’ third starter behind R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson, allowed Nolan Reimold’s leadoff home run in the first in his two innings.

Wild outing for Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle against Orioles | Toronto Star
Colby Rasmus, Sergio Santos continue to be scratches because of injury; Aaron Loup impressive in relief.

Toronto Blue Jays’ starter Dustin McGowan thrust into an unfair spotlight: Griffin | Toronto Star
It was not fair to Dustin McGowan for Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to suggest that his oft-injured pitcher was "in the mix" of major-league middle relievers after he threw just one encouraging side session from the mound on Tuesday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Blue Jays: Adam Lind on spring hitting streak | Toronto Star
Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind has a hit in each of his pre-season games this spring as he fights to keep his everyday job.

Madani on Jays: Future isn’t now for Gose - Sportsnet.ca
For a player that has succeeded at every level in his career, Anthony Gose understands he has to develop a complete game before he becomes an everyday major-leaguer.

Grange on Blue Jays: The new Santos - Sportsnet.ca
After spending the majority of his baseball life as a position player, the attention Sergio Santos paid to the tenderness in his triceps shows he is starting to think like a pitcher.

Davidi on MLB: More to Hill trade than met eye - Sportsnet.ca
It turns out there was more to the 2011 trade that sent Aaron Hill from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Arizona Diamondbacks than met the eye.

Jays Bisons Double Header Dates
Mop Up Duty has a list of games for those who really love baseball and would like to see games in Toronto and Buffalo on the same day.

2013 World Baseball Classic Preview | 500 Level Fan
500's preview of the WBC.

The Tao of Stieb: 37 Jays in 37ish Days - The Oddly Brilliant if Overpriced Mark Buehrle
Tao's take on Mark Buehrle

The Blue Jay Hunter: The Heroes of Spring Training Past
Ian looks back at players who excited fans in ST, but didn't show much in the games that mattered.

Windowless Windows Update – March 6th | Drunk Jays Fans | Blogs | theScore.com
Pic From DJF.

Jose Bautista Did A Reddit AMA And It Was Mostly Boring, Until He Was Asked About His Favorite TV Show
Betty White's Off Their Rocker? Seriously?

MLB AND WORLD CLASSIC LINKS

Rivera To Retire After 2013 Season: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
Rivera is set to announce that he'll retire following the 2013 season. Note: I still believe Mariano is a robot.

Italy scores two in ninth to stun Mexico at World Baseball Classic - The Globe and Mail
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning and Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help Italy rally to beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of Pool D in the World Baseball Classic

The "evil empire" of the New York Yankees may be about to fall - Grantland
The Bronx Bombers are in danger of falling below .500 for the first time in 20 years.* *links post guy has been feeling this for the last 7 years. Still waiting.

Spring Headlines: Phillies, Nationals add fuel to budding rivalry; Ryan Westmoreland announces retirement | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Big League Stew

Searching for home field advantage with PITCHf/x
Do umpires call more strikes for home pitchers on pitches just off of the plate? From Hardball Times The results are not surprising to say the least.

Five questions: Detroit Tigers
The World Series team of 2012 looks even better. From Hardball Times

It happens every spring
Once again, the media are too excited about prospects during spring training. From Hardball Times

Five questions: Baltimore Orioles
The surprise team that stood pat. From Hardball Times

Five questions: Boston Red Sox
How quickly can the Sox speed away from 2012? From Hardball Times

Five questions: New York Yankees
A turning point looms for this storied franchise from Hardball Times

2013 World Baseball Classic Preview | 500 Level Fan
500's preview of the WBC.

ONION LINK

Pretty Cute Watching Boston Residents Play Daily Game Of ‘Big City’ | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Hey Toronto, you might be next...

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY (OH CANADA!)

Baseball History March 8th - National Pastime - Baseball History
2006 A Canadian team made up mostly of minor leaguers stuns the baseball world by beating a highly-favored Team USA in the first round of the WBC, 8-6. Thanks to center fielder Adam Stern, who hits an inside-the-park homer, collects four RBIs and makes a pair of sensational catches, and 21-year old southpaw Adam Loewen, who gives up three hits and keeps the American all-stars scoreless for 3 2-3 innings, the Canadians post their biggest victory in its national history of baseball.

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