Thursday BBB Links: Vintage Dickey Edition

He's just a beautiful man. - USA TODAY Sports

When the Blue Jays relinquished prized prospects Travis D'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard for R.A Dickey, this is what they had in mind. Links include thoughts on a possible Melky suspension, the rise of the three true outcomes and neanderthals with bone tumors.

The Blue Jays have gotten two excellent starting pitching performances in a row and it really shouldn't feel that special, but it kinda does.

JAYS LINKS

Dickey stars in Jays shutout win over Giants | Baseball | Sports | Toronto Sun
"It took until his 13th start as a Blue Jay but R.A. Dickey flashed his Cy Young form of a year ago, mesmerizing the San Francisco Giants both on the mound and at the plate on Wednesday."

DeRosa shares thoughts on PED investigation | bluejays.com: News
"Following Tuesday night's ESPN report that Major League Baseball could pursue the suspension of more than 20 players, including teammate Melky Cabrera, the Blue Jays' Mark DeRosa weighed in on the issue."

The Tao of Stieb: What Have We Learned So Far?
What it feels like to be disappointed?

The Fallout of a Possible Melky Cabrera Suspension - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A Gose-Davis platoon really wouldn't be the end of the world.

Just How Awful Have Jays Starters Been? | Drunk Jays Fans | Blogs | theScore.com
Stoeten on the Jays' pitching woes.

Toronto Blue Jays to pick 10th in baseball’s annual amateur draft | MLB | Sports | National Post
"Nine times in their history, the Toronto Blue Jays made one of the first nine picks in Major League Baseball's June amateur draft."

AL EAST LINKS

Matt Moore, Finished or Unfinished | FanGraphs Baseball
Let's hope Moore doesn't get a ton better, he's scary enough as is.

Yankees cannot void Alex Rodriguez's contract if suspended for Biogenesis connection - Pinstriped Bible
"Even if Alex Rodriguez faces a suspension because of his involvement with the Miami Biogenesis clinic, the Yankees have no grounds on which to void his contract." Goood Gooood

Baltimore Orioles May in review - Camden Chat
"How did the Orioles do in May? I'm ashamed that it took me until June 5th to tell you."

Brett Gardner’s New Life | FanGraphs Baseball
Apparently he's a slugger now, because when it comes to the Yankees logic is irrelevant.

THE REST OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE LINKS

Dirk Hayhurst: My Life is a Lie
Dirk's baseball career started with a little white lie. Great story.

Anthony Rendon and the Future of Second Base | FanGraphs Baseball
Cameron's take on the evolution of the second base position defensively.

Currently historic: So many walks and strikeouts
"Can somebody—anybody—do something other than walk or strike out? I desperately want to know."

Essential info on possible MLB suspensions - Sportsnet.ca
"With MLB aiming to suspend star players including Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera for their alleged links to PEDs, we provide the necessary context to understanding the potential bans."

Wacha and Miller and nicknaming draft picks - Baseball Nation
"For the third time in five years, the Cardinals have the 19th pick in the amateur draft. They've already struck gold twice, with Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha. So much gold, in fact, that the 19th pick should forever memorialize Miller and Wacha."

MLB Draft 2013: Updated consensus mock draft list - SBNation.com
More Austin Meadows for the Jays.

NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY

World's Oldest Tumor?
"Researchers have discovered a bone tumor in a Neanderthal who lived more than 120,000 years ago."

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