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When You Walk Through the Garden You Better Watch Your Back: Game Thread, Boston at Jays

With Snider and Lind out of the lineup (for Bautista and Mench), our lineup looks terrible (though SB Nation's lineup widget isn't working so you'll have to take my word for it, at least, until the game starts). At least Bautista hits lefties well, while Mench is just taking valuable at-bats away from Snider and Lind where they could be learning to hit lefties. Doc pitches today against lefty Jon Lester, and the Jays just need to win two more games to surpass their record from last season. Since the Yankees are playing the O's, it's likely the Jays will need to beat the Sox today to keep pace. Come on fellas, 4th place is no fun.

The weather here is amazing, just went for a nice long run. Unfortunately I won't be around for the game as I have band rehearsal for a big deal (for us that is) gig on Thursday night. Oh, yeah, and I finally got around to watching the final season of the Wire (hence today's thread title, which, by the way, if you haven't heard the full original version of the theme, by Tom Waits, you have to check it out). I didn't find it nearly as good as the previous 4 seasons. I never get tired of seeing my old stomping ground, the City of Baltimore, on the screen though. Much better than seeing DC or NYC for some reason. Though it was great when a friend and I ran into Delaney Williams, who plays Detective Sergeant Jay Landsman on the show, at a bar in Chinatown in DC. Any season 5 defenders?

If you haven't yet, do check out our advance look, below, at next season's rotation, and whether the Jays need to bring in someone from outside the organization.