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The Rising Tide: Game 51, Royals at Jays

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Kansas City Royals @ Toronto Blue Jays

05/24/08 1:07 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays
David DeJesus - LF Shannon Stewart - DH
Mark Grudzielanek - 2B Aaron Hill - 2B
Alex Gordon - 3B Alex Rios - CF
Jose Guillen - DH Scott Rolen - 3B
Mark Teahen - RF Lyle Overbay - 1B
Billy Butler - 1B Brad Wilkerson - RF
John Buck - C Marco Scutaro - SS
Tony Pena - SS Gregg Zaun - C
Joey Gathright - CF Joe Inglett - LF

It was great fun to watch a non-nailbiting Jays game yesterday. The Jays got some big hits, and Marco Scutaro, Alexis Rios, Lyle Overbay, and Scott Rolen all had very fine days at the plate. On the other side of the ball, Aaron Hill had a fantastic diving catch and Roy Halladay carved the Royals to pieces, going the distance and allowing only a 1st inning run (on a couple of not particularly well-hit singles up the middle), striking out 5 and walking no one. Doc did not give up an extra base hit (only 4 hits in all) and especially looked strong through the end of the game. Anytime a fella can go 9 innings in 104 pitches, he's doing something very right.

This fine afternoon, the Jays will try to get above .500 for the first time since forever. Matt Stairs is out of the lineup for a 3rd straight game with a stiff neck. This time, Brad Wilkerson will return to right field while Inglett plays left. Jesse Litsch will pitch against #1 draft pick Luke Hochevar, who pitched well against the Jays earlier this season. Let's go Jays!!!!