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Wake Me Up When September Ends: 7/31 Game Thread: Jays at Rays

Tuesday, July 31 - St. Petersburg, FL
7:10 PM (EDT)

Toronto Blue Jays
Aaron Hill 2b
Lyle Overbay 1b
Alexis Rios rf
Troy Glaus 3b
Vernon Wells cf
Matt Stairs lf
Greg Zaun c
Curtis Thigpen dh
John McDonald ss

Pitching: Jesse Litsch, rhp

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Akinori Iwamura 3b
Carl Crawford lf
B.J. Upton cf
Carlos Pena 1b
Delmon Young rf
Brendan Harris 2b
Johnny Gomes lf
Greg Norton dh
Josh Paul c
Ben Zobrist ss
Pitching: Edwin Jackson, RHP

Eh. The trade deadline has come and gone, and J.P. Ricciardi, wherever he is, is evidentally still wearing his socks.

I mean, the Giants managed to trade Matt Morris, and he is owed 9 million dollars next year. You're telling me we couldn't find a taker for Frasor (who is rarely, if ever, used anymore - although I suppose that could change next season if Janssen is made a starter)? Or Towers, despite the fact that the Jays seem intent on not retaining him next season and he all but wrote his ticket out of town? Or Stairs, who has been fantastic but who we could probably ship out and then still resign in the offseason anyway? Meanwhile, the Yankees picked up Betemit, a switch-hitting 26 year-old who can play three or four infield positions, mashes righthanded pitching, and has power and patience, for a pitcher roughly comparable to Frasor? How could we not jump on that, if only to see whether Betemit could get it done as an everyday second baseman or SS?

Enough ranting. Litsch v. Jackson.