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Everyday I Write the Book: Game Thread, A's at J's

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Tonight is the first Flashback Friday of the year and the 31st greatest Jay of all time will be on hand to help us all celebrate.

The Jays come home off to a great 8-3 start and coming off three straight series victories, two of them 3-1 series trouncings. Even better, the Jays' offense is clicking on all cylinders and ranks 1st in baseball in a number of categories, including runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases and batting average. They rank 3rd in OBP, 2nd in slugging, and 2nd (by three points, to Texas) in OPS. Wow.

David Purcey will be taking the mound in his powder blues tonight. Purcey did quite well his first start but struggled a bit in his second, though he did strike out 10 men. The Jays feature the same Overbay-and-Sniderless lineup against lefthander Josh Outman (clearly his parents somehow knew he was going to be a pitcher and not a position player) but how can you fault Cito for going with the same lineup that has scored 9 runs yesterday? Michael Barrett gets the start behind the plate.

Mrs. Hugo is playing tennis this evening and so I'll be with the little one right up until gametime, though I should be around for at least a good part of the game. If you're looking for something to do, take the time to read the linked stories in our linkfest or, better yet, read Tom's piece on Vernon Wells. Today's title seemed appropriate given how well the Jays are playing and Elvis Costello has long been a favourite of mine. Let's go Jays!


Lineup

Oakland Athletics @ Toronto Blue Jays

04/17/09 7:07 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan Sweeney - CF Marco Scutaro - SS
Orlando Cabrera - SS Aaron Hill - 2B
Jason Giambi - 1B Alex Rios - RF
Matt Holliday - LF Vernon Wells - CF
Nomar Garciaparra - DH Adam Lind - DH
Jack Cust - RF Scott Rolen - 3B
Kurt Suzuki - C Kevin Millar - 1B
Mark Ellis - 2B Michael Barrett - C
Bobby Crosby - 3B Jose Bautista - LF