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An O-fer Week Saturday Aug 4, 2012 Links

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One would think that things would balance out but no. Fate just piles things on. Welcome to your Toronto 2012 Blue Jays whose starting pitching staff is Ricky Romero, JA Happ and the rotation of the LV 51s while the batting lineup is basically EE KJ and the LV 51s starting lineup. None of us saw this kind of awful. However, give the guys credit for not giving up and giving it their best shot. Enough babbling, onto the links.


Jays make roster moves following 15-inning marathon loss in Oakland - The Globe and Mail
The Globe's (AP) Recap

A's edge Jays 5-4 in 15 innings - SFGate


Five things the Blue Jays need to do in August: Griffin -
The Former PR Guy of the Expos has 5 ideas. Idea 4 does not make any sense. Disrespected? Wow Griff. Or the more logical reason is that the Jays don't want their pitching prospects to endure the launching pad of Las Vegas. What hurts is that Jenkins and McGuire are getting lit up in the offense neutral Eastern League as if they were pitching in LV.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Todd Stottlemyre's World Series Speech
Blue Jay Hunter digs up another gem. Stottlemyre sends a message to the mayor of Phillie after mocking his pitching and base running in the epic 15-14 Game 4 of the 1993 World Series. Although Ed Rendell might have a point based on Stottlemyre's chin scraping face plant at 3B. Of course, Todd and the Jays have the last laugh some (sigh) 19 years ago.


Cal Ripken Jr. asks for public’s help in finding mom’s kidnapper -
Yikes. This is a strange story.

Impact of the Additional Wild-Card Teams on the MLB Trade Deadline - MLB Daily Dish
Now that the dust of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline has settled, let’s take a look at how a few of the changes implemented prior to the start of the 2012 season impacted this year’s transaction frenzy.

Upton brothers both hit 100th career homers hours apart - The Globe and Mail
Brothers Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both hit career homer No. 100 on Friday night, just about an hour apart and in different leagues

Baseball History August 4th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1983 Dave Winfield kills a seagull at Exhibition Stadium with a warmup throw prior to the home fifth inning. After the 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays, the Yankees outfielder is arrested by the Ontario police and charged with animal cruelty.

1989 Dave Stieb retires the first 26 batters he faces before giving up two-hits in a 2-1 win over the Yankees. Last September, the Blue Jays' hard-luck hurler lost back-to-back no-hit bids with two outs in the ninth inning.

1993 After being hit by a Ryan Express fastball, Robin Ventura charges the mound to get at the 46-year old pitcher. Nolan Ryan responds by putting the White Sox third baseman in a headlock and punches him six times, much to the pleasure of the Rangers fans at Arlington Stadium.