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Goodbye, Sky Harbor: 7/31 Game Thread, Jays (sans Scott Rolen) at Oakland

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So surely you've heard the news about Scott Rolen being traded for Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Roenicke, and Zach Stewart. Roenicke apparently is jumping right into Toronto's bullpen, at Jeremy Accardo's expense.

Encarnacion won't start today, so we'll be subjected to a lineup featuring Kevin Millar as cleanup hitter and Jose Bautista, Rod Barajas, and John McDonald as the 7-8-9 hitters. No, seriously, Kevin Millar is batting 4th. He of the .227/.303/.370 line. Impressively, the Jays have 2 hitters with sub-.700 OPSes in the lineup tonight, and neither one is John McDonald (.703). No, it's Millar and Barajas, with Wells and J-Mac not far above (and Rios and Bautista, the "corner outfielders," not too far above them). This is a very problematic offense when only 3 hitters are OPSing above .750, the first three hitters in the lineup. Rios has been coming on a bit, though, so that's good.

Anyway, Scott Richmond makes his long-awaited (to him, if to no one else) return to the starting rotation this evening, while lefthander Dallas Braden starts for Oakland. I don't care how lefthanded the starting pitcher, it could just be a giant left arm sticking up from the ground, that's still no excuse for batting Kevin Millar 4th.

Today's post, in honour of Scott Rolen, from a Jimmy Eat World song off Clarity, their only good record. Sky Harbour sounded like an awesome place out of a steampunk novel - I was very sad when I learned it was, in fact, the name of the airport in Phoenix, Arizona, possibly the least cool city on the planet.


Lineup

Toronto Blue Jays @ Oakland Athletics

07/31/09 10:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Oakland Athletics
Marco Scutaro - SS Adam Kennedy - 3B
Aaron Hill - 2B Rajai Davis - CF
Adam Lind - DH Kurt Suzuki - C
Kevin Millar - 1B Jack Cust - DH
Vernon Wells - CF Ryan Sweeney - RF
Alex Rios - RF Tommy Everidge - 1B
Jose Bautista - LF Eric Patterson - LF
Rod Barajas - C Mark Ellis - 2B
John McDonald - 3B Cliff Pennington - SS