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I Want to Rest My Heavy Head Tonight on a Bed of California Stars - Game 55, Jays at A's


Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland Athletics

05/28/08 10:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart - LF Jack Hannahan - 3B
Aaron Hill - 2B Bobby Crosby - SS
Alex Rios - CF Jack Cust - LF
Scott Rolen - 3B Mike Sweeney - DH
Matt Stairs - DH Ryan Sweeney - CF
Lyle Overbay - 1B Emil Brown - RF
Marco Scutaro - SS Mark Ellis - 2B
Brad Wilkerson - RF Daric Barton - 1B
Rod Barajas - C Kurt Suzuki - C

Today's title, of course comes from a great track off the now classic "Mermaid Avenue" project whereby Wilco and Billy Bragg did some recordings of some unfinished and (mostly) never-recorded Woody Guthrie songs. The title comes from the street Woody Guthrie lived on in Brooklyn, NY (that part of Coney Island is right on the ocean and has lots of nautically named streets)

The Jays came up short yesterday in a frustrating game. A.J. Burnett can't be saddled with too much blame, since he pitched reasonably well and was victimized by some shoddy fielding and bad luck, but what turned out to be the winning run reached base on a 2-out, 4 pitch walk to the number 9 hitter, and that's never good. The Jays again showed that they are utterly incapable of hitting lefthanded pitching for the most part, and had lots of ugly at-bats. Oh yeah, Frank Thomas left the game with a quad strain and is day-to-day.

Today's matchup is a great one for those who love good pitching. Victoria BC's Rich Harden faces off against adopted hero of Toronto Roy Halladay. I'm one who would absolutely love to see Harden play for the Jays someday. I know he has had tons of injury problems, but when he's healthy he can really pitch, and perhaps if he ever becomes consistently healthy it will actually be a benefit that his arm hasn't had many innings in his youth. If you have depth, it's not such a bad thing to have an injury-prone player or two with high upside, as long as you also have guys who are a good risk to throw 200 innings or play 145 games. Let's go Jays