I guess the news is that Carlos Villanueva is having an MRI this morning. They don't expect there to be any damage but he is feeling fatigue in the arm. He has only had 1 strikeout a start for his last three starts. They are talking about Henderson Alvarez to make the start next time around. I'm surprised, I don't know why they would want to put him on the 40-man and use up an option on him when he's just made a handful of Double-A starts. Why not Jesse?
Day games haven't gone well for the Jays, 15-26 in day games. I tend to think it is just a random thing but it would be ok to start turning that around now. Perhaps the young guys just don't like getting up in the morning.
Nice to see JP in a hot streak. I'm guessing his thumb is better.
Today's starting pitchers:
#27 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays
Jul 02, 1986
#40 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays
Sep 07, 1985
Brett has been great his last few starts. Hope it continues this afternoon.
Lineups after the Jump.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Yunel Escobar,SS||Desmond Jennings, LF|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||Johnny Damon, DH|
|Jose Bautista, 3B||Evan Longoria, 3B|
|Adam Lind 1B||Ben Zobrist, 2B|
|Edwin Encarnacion,DH||B.J. Upton, CF|
|Eric Thames, RF||Corey Kotchman, 1B|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||Sean Rodriguez, SS|
|Travis Snider, LF||Justin Ruggiano, RF|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||Kelly Shoppach, C|
As always, keep it civil. Go Jays.