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Opening Day - Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians - April 4th 2012 - Gamethread

Well, It is finally here. 2012 opening day where everyone is tied for first, optimism is high and everyone is primed for a breakout year. You may say "But Johnny, wasn't their a game last night and a couple last week in Japan? So technically not everyone is tied for first". I would reply that is a very astute observation and ask you to close your eyes as I quietly reach for the banhammer.

The Jays are opening up the year in Cleveland this year against Justin Masterson and the Indians. I would encourage everyone to read Woodman's post below as it was a great primer on the type of pitcher the Jays will be facing today. On the other end of line we have Ricky Romero starting for the Jays. I really don't think we need to say much more then that. Ricky proved he deserves the label of ace of the Jays staff last year and looks to start out the year right against the injured riddled Indians.

Ricky Romero

#24 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays





Nov 06, 1984

Justin Masterson

#63 / Pitcher / Cleveland Indians





Mar 22, 1985

A few housekeeping items for today's thread and likely subsequent overflow threads.

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  • We are likely to get a lot of traffic today, so I am requesting that we lay off the GIF's and large image files until the game ends and we have an afterparty type of thread up.

Tune in after the jump for lineups and series information.

Current Series

3 game series vs Indians @ Progressive Field

Toronto Blue Jays
@ Cleveland Indians

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT
Progressive Field

Ricky Romero vs Justin Masterson

Fun Prediction Time: First Hit Of The Season

Complete Coverage >

Sat 04/07 1:05 PM EDT
Sun 04/08 1:05 PM EDT


1. Yunel Escobar - SS 1. Michael Brantley - CF
2. Kelly Johnson - 2B 2. Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
3. Jose Bautista - RF 3. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
4. Adam Lind - 1B 4. Carlos Santana - C
5. Edwin Encarnacion - DH 5. Travis Hafner - DH
6. Brett Lawrie - 3B 6. Shelley Duncan - LF
7. Eric Thames - LF 7. Casey Kotchman - 1B
8. J.P. Arencibia - C 8. Jason Kipnis - 2B
9. Colby Rasmus - CF 9. Jack Hannahan - 3B

Remember to keep it civil