Thursday BBB Links: Holy Bautista Edition

Claim your fist bump Mr. Baustista, you earned it. - Tom Szczerbowski

Sometimes it just pays to have a true superstar on your team. Today's links include an interview with Marcus Stroman, a scouting report on Kevin Gausman and the latest on the toilet paper situation in Venezuela.

4-4 with 2 home runs, a walk and even a stolen base. That was Jose Bautista's night. All other Blue Jays managed a 3-30 with two walks and five strikeouts. Wow.

JAYS LINKS

Jose Bautista's big day helps Blue Jays down Tampa Bay Rays | Blue Jays | Sports | Toronto Sun
A recap of Bautista's fantastic evening.

Jays' Johnson to make rehab start for Herd Saturday - Inside Pitch | The Buffalo News

Josh Johnson works his way towards filling one of the two gaping holes in this rotation.

J.P. Arencibia's Historically (Awful) Season - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

"J.P. Arencibia is having a truly historic season. When will the Blue Jays faithful become fully aware of his general ineptness?"

Q&A: Marcus Stroman, a Blue Jay Starts Over | FanGraphs Baseball

There Jays aren't overflowing with quality prospects so it's good to see Stroman back on the mound.

Top prospect Gausman to debut vs. Jays - Sportsnet.ca

"The Orioles appear to be calling up one of their top pitching prospects to make his MLB debut in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Kevin Gausman will reportedly debut Thursday."

Toronto could turn to prospect for Friday start | bluejays.com: News

"The Blue Jays still haven't made their decision on who their starting pitcher will be on Friday, but it may be a fresh face." It might be fun to see Nolin or Stroman but I'm not sure it's wise.

AL EAST LINKS

Just who is the Orioles' Kevin Gausman? - SBNation.com

"The pitching prospect will make his big-league debut on Thursday, so it's time for introductions."

Minor Moves: Josh Horton, Austin Urban and Ronny Paulino - Camden Chat

"Always one step ahead of the competition, that Dan Duquette. What was his "thing" last year? Backup catchers? Well, it appears that this year's model is the utility infielder."

Will Jose Iglesias get another chance with the Red Sox? - Over the Monster
"Once the heir apparent at shortsop, Jose Iglesias's path to the majors has gotten murkier and murkier. Will he even have a chance to find his way back?"

Camden Yards: Setting a new standard in stadium construction - Pinstriped Bible
"Believe it or not, the Orioles haven't always played at Camden Yards. It was one-of-a-kind when it opened in 1992. Just how big was its impact on baseball?

THE REST OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE LINKS

Marlins or Astros: Who's worse? - Baseball Nation
This debate will go all the way to September.

Vance Worley and Losing the Magic | FanGraphs Baseball
Relying on batters to look at strikes can be a dicey proposition.

Orioles' Manny Machado is not A-Rod (and that's a good thing) - CBSSports.com

"In high school, Manny Machado seemed to want to be Alex Rodriguez. Now Machado is a 20-year-old star, and the best thing is, he's not A-Rod." Trust me, you would want him to be A-Rod if you were an Orioles fan... Classic Knobler if you are in for a laugh. (Not that Machado isn't sort of scary good)

Andre Ethier is Now Eminently Available | FanGraphs Baseball

Any takers?

Indians closer lets the trolls win, shuts down Twitter account | MLB | Sports | National Post

"Indians closer Chris Perez deactivated his Twitter account following two rough outings, and after receiving a slew of negative comments" Never let the trolls win.

NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY

BBC News - Venezuela aims to end toilet paper shortage
"Venezuela's National Assembly backs plans to import 39 million rolls of toilet paper, in an effort to relieve a chronic shortage." This qualifies quite simply as "bad news".

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