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I Heard Somebdy Call My Name; I Almost Climbed the Stairs - Game 35, Rays at Jays


Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays

05/08/08 7:07 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
Akinori Iwamura - 2B Alex Rios - RF
Carl Crawford - DH Shannon Stewart - LF
B.J. Upton - CF Scott Rolen - 3B
Carlos Pena - 1B Matt Stairs - DH
Eric Hinske - 3B Vernon Wells - CF
Dioner Navarro - C Lyle Overbay - 1B
Gabe Gross - RF Aaron Hill - 2B
Nathan Haynes - LF Gregg Zaun - C
Jason Bartlett - SS Marco Scutaro - SS

Hey all. Today's title comes courtesy of one of the first bands I ever dug, Chicago's Smoking Popes, and their song "Megan." Those guys were awesome. Today's post is in honour of my sister (of the same name as the song) who is graduating from college in two days. Congrats, Megatron! Anyway, the Jays won a great game yesterday behind some masterful pitching by Shaun Marcum. Marcum was just unbelievable, taking a 1-hit shutout into the 9th and striking out 9 to move himself up to 4th in the league in K/9. He's not been walking them either, and that's a recipe for success, especially given that he's been keeping the ball down much more (8 groundouts yesterday) and not yielding the long ball.

Scott Rolen added a HR and Lyle Overbay hit another double to hopefully continue his march toward a .400 SLG and walked as well. He also hit another long opposite way flyball that almost made it out. Marco Scutaro wasn't much with the glove in his first game as the regular SS, but he had 3 hits, which was great. The Jays called up journeyman Jorge Velandia for added infield depth (Torgen was right, I was wrong (I said Inglett, who continues to tear up AAA)) and sent down Adam Lind, a move that has been inevitable since Gibbons started playing Stewart against righties. I, for one, hope Lind is back soon, but he needs to have better at-bats when he returns.

In injury news, there is reason to be optimistic regarding both David Eckstein and John MacDonald. Eckstein's MRI came back negative and Mac reportedly felt "great" yesterday, which is surprising. It's not clear whether either will be placed on the disabled list, but the Jays should decide by tomorrow at the latest.

Tonight, Jesse Litsch faces the team for which he once served as batboy. Edwin Jackson opposes him for the Rays.

I have rehearsal but hope to make it back in time for the second half of the game. Of course, I also thought I'd do so yesterday, but it didn't work out. Although it was great to find out that I've still got the baseball skills as I had a great game! Let's go Jays!