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I'm tellin' you, man, every third blink is slower. Game 18 Jays @ Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG - APRIL 23:  Infielder Aaron Hill #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays stands on first base against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 23, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG - APRIL 23: Infielder Aaron Hill #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays stands on first base against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 23, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Probably should have had this title on 4:20. Oh Well.

Well that first game had a bit of everything, some good pitching, good hitting and some great pessimism in the game thread near the end of the game. And with one win (against Garza no less!) we have already matched or even exceeded most peoples expectations of us in this series. Dominion per Mediocris!

Next up we have two young pitchers in their second year last year many could argue that Niemann had the edge last year but so far this year Romero has been dominant and while Niemann has been good (not great, but good) he hasn't been able to keep pace with our sophomore star but then again not many have. The only thing that has gave me pause lately is our bullpen. After the first couple of games I was completely happy with the Trio of Downs,Frasor and Gregg at the end of the Pen with Casey setting those three up. However Downs has looked hittable in his last 3 appearances (Small sample alert!) and Frasor still hasn't regained that great form that we saw last year. Gregg has looked good though and has completely turned my opinion around on him. When we first signed him I thought it was a waste of money and he is continuing to prove me wrong.

How nice was it to see Hill back in the lineup? It definitely gives our middle/top of the order a completely different look. And to see him hit his first homer run of the run in his first game back. That was great. Wells continues to hit like an all-star although there were two at bats in the game where he swung at the first pitch and frustrated most of us in the game thread, but even with that he still drove in a couple of runs with 2 hits and ran the bases well scoring a couple of runs as well.

And as a personal thing I am really happy to see Cecil do well. I was one of the ones calling for him to make the rotation from the start of the year so it feels great to see him do well in his first start. He threw better then Tallet has in any of his starts and went just as deep into the game. Good Job.

Ok enough with the love for Cecil, Romero, Hill and Wells. We got a game to win.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ricky Romero 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 23.0 11 4 4 1 6 22 1.57 .74


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeff Niemann 1-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 15.1 13 5 5 2 4 7 2.93 1.11


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Current Series

Blue Jays lead the series 1-0

Fri 04/23 WP: Brett Cecil (1 - 0)
SV: Kevin Gregg
LP: Matt Garza (3 - 1)
6 - 5 win

Toronto Blue Jays
@ Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, Apr 24, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT
Tropicana Field

Ricky Romero vs Jeff Niemann

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Aaron Hill Homers in Return, Blue Jays Beat Rays, 6-5

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Sun 04/25 1:40 PM EDT


Lineup

Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays

04/24/10 6:10 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Tampa Bay Rays
Fred Lewis - LF Jason Bartlett - SS
Aaron Hill - 2B Carl Crawford - LF
Adam Lind - DH Ben Zobrist - 2B
Vernon Wells - CF Evan Longoria - 3B
Lyle Overbay - 1B Carlos Pena - 1B
Alex Gonzalez - SS B.J. Upton - CF
Jose Bautista - 3B Willy Aybar - DH
John Buck - C Gabe Kapler - RF
Travis Snider - RF John Jaso - C

Keep it civil and Go Jays Go!

Today's title comes from Disney's Cars (just watched it this morning... again, my girls love that movie).