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Don't Get Swept Game Thread, Rays at Jays

Hi everyone. Back from the Evergreen State. Looks like it's been a tough few days for the Jays in the interim - didn't get to watch any games, but it sure looks like they have been creative in finding ways to lose. Nice thing about baseball - momentum is the next game's starting pitcher and for the Jays that's young starter Brett Cecil, who is coming off two consecutive very nice starts. Of course the Jays will throw Jeff Niemann, who has been very sharp this season himself.

By the way, even with Dustin McGowan's recent knee surgery, the Jays are still hoping he can be ready for Spring Training 2010. That would be fantastic. Scott Richmond had a stellar outing yesterday for AAA Las Vegas, throwing 5 1/3 innings of one earned run ball, giving up 1 home run, 3 hits, a walk, and striking out 3. Shaun Marcum and Casey Janssen continue to rehab, but it looks like both have also been called up to AAA Las Vegas, with Marcum scheduled to start today. So help is on the way, on the pitching side, at least. On the hitting side, Travis Snider's bat seems to have cooled a bit and J.P. Arencibia is 0 for his last 17 plate appearances with 7 strikeouts.

A win today would sure be nice with the west-coast swing coming up. Make it happen, Jays!


Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays

07/26/09 1:07 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
B.J. Upton - CF Marco Scutaro - SS
Carl Crawford - LF Aaron Hill - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Adam Lind - DH
Ben Zobrist - 2B Scott Rolen - 3B
Pat Burrell - DH Vernon Wells - CF
Carlos Pena - 1B Alex Rios - RF
Gabe Kapler - RF Lyle Overbay - 1B
Dioner Navarro - C Rod Barajas - C
Jason Bartlett - SS Joe Inglett - LF