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Sad Saturday Afternoon April 13, 2013 Links

Jose Reyes' ankle sprain didn't help things last night as the 2013 campaign continues on. It's only April. Buck up, it could be worse, the Jays could be the Angles.

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Toronto Blue Jays win game but lose star Jose Reyes | Toronto Star
Star's Recap: Blue Jays shortstop Reyes injures left ankle sliding into second, could be out months, as Toronto defeats Royals 8-4 in Kansas City.

Toronto Blue Jays lose Jose Reyes to ankle injury in win over Kansas City Royals | MLB | Sports | National Post
National Post's Recap: The Blue Jays' Jose Reyes drove in a pair of runs before getting carted off in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle, and Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 on Friday night

Royals turn sloppy and pay for it in 8-4 loss to Blue Jays -
View from the other side: Three errors and subpar pitching by the Royals resulted in a forgettable 8-4 loss to the Blue Janes on a cold Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals Ball Boy Prevents Rajai Davis From Making Routine Catch
From Deadspin (possibly NSFW) Oh, sure. Everyone's gonna blame the kid for this. They're gonna say Alcides Escobar's foul ball was obviously playable, and that the ball boy was wrong to interfere. But come on. This one's on Rajai Davis. He could have easily made that catch had he called the kid off.


Toronto Blue Jays stay calm despite abysmal start | Toronto Star
While their fans are anxious, the Blue Jays players realize the season is young and that they will emerge after a slow start.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Ice Cold Wayne (The "Ice Cold Beer" Guy)
Ian talks to the ICE COLD BEER guy. After what has happened in the past week, we could all use about 15 of them.

Toronto Blue Jays stay calm despite abysmal start | Toronto Star
While their fans are anxious, the Blue Jays players realize the season is young and that they will emerge after a slow start.


The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Swings | FanGraphs Baseball
Brett Cecil gets top honors for delivering the pitch which created the wildest swing of the week. Come back Shane!

The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Pitches | FanGraphs Baseball
A foggy and dry wildest pitches of the week.

Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: The Year's New Pitches
A look at some of the promising new offerings that pitchers have unveiled this month. - Keywords: Sergio Romo, Paul Maholm, Carter Capps, Julio Teheran, Ivan Nova

Drawing an ace, part 3: Who’s next?
Who will develop into MLB's next dominant starters, and how were they acquired?

On rotation order and win probabilities
Can you carve out an advantage by starting your fifth starter first? No, no you can't.

Why we’re all wrong
Do we know what we don't know?

Greinke/Quentin feud traces to Greinke's days with Royals -
The roots of Thursday night's bench-clearing brawl between the Dodgers and Padres that left LA pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken left collarbone can be traced to Greinke’s days with the Royals.

Theme Song of Last Night


Baseball History April 13th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1962 On a wintery day, the Mets play their first home game ever when only 12,000 fans show up at the at the Polo Grounds to see the return of National League baseball to New York. On Friday the 13th, with the score tied, the Pirates score the decisive run on two wild pitches thrown by Ray Diavault and beat New York, 4-3

1978 In New York's Opening Day 4-2 victory over Chicago, Reggie Jackson hits a first three-run homer in the first inning, his fourth consecutive round-tripper at Yankee Stadium including going deep three times in last year's Fall Classic finale. The game is delayed as the crowd celebrates by showering the field with Reggie! Bars, a chocolate and peanut candy bar with a picture of the slugger swinging a bat, that was given to every fan entering the game.

2012 Josh Thole's bizarre base running blunder leads to a very odd double play in the second inning of the Mets' 5-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park. After successfully reaching second base on R.A. Dickey's sacrifice bunt, the 25 year-old Mets' catcher shocks everyone, including the Philadelphia defense, by trying to return to first base where he is tagged out to complete the unusual 3-1-6-4 twin killing.