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A Stiff... Back Has No Conscience Friday April 19, 2013 Links

The series against the White Sox could have been worse so a split isn't a horrible thing but it's not good either. Coming to town are your 2006 Toronto Blue Jays or now known to everyone else as the 2013 New York Yankees.

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Didn't we see this last year?
Didn't we see this last year?
Tom Szczerbowski


Davidi: Dickey injury overshadows great start -
Game Recap From the Rogers Mothership: The Blue Jays need good fortune on R.A Dickey's injury as the team cannot afford to be without the knuckleballer, who appears to be rounding into Cy Young form.

Toronto Blue Jays defeat Chicago White Sox in series finale | Toronto Star
Game Recap from the Toronto Star: R.A. Dickey held White Sox to just a pair of hits and earned seven strikeouts in six shutout frames before leaving the game with back and neck tightness.

Toronto Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey pitches a gem but leaves with injury in win over White Sox | MLB | Sports | National Post
Game Recap from National Post: Every silver lining seems to bring a new dark cloud for the Toronto Blue Jays... Note: And Every Rose Has Its Thorns.

Dickey deals Jays past White Sox but forced to leave early - The Globe and Mail
Game Recap from The Globe and Mail: Dickey (2-2) gave up two hits while walking one before leaving the game with what the team called a "precaution to neck and back stiffness"

Chicago White Sox Toronto pitching ace -
Game Recap from Chicago Tribune: Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will try to show he's the ace of the staff when he opposes Toronto.

Blue Jays 3, White Sox 1: Painful road trip ends accordingly - South Side Sox
Game Recap from the Other Side: R.A. Dickey outpitches Chris Sale, Dayan Viciedo hurt as Toronto rallies for split


Ortiz returns to big leagues at 40 years old | News
Veteran Ramon Ortiz pitched 3 1/3 innings Wednesday in Toronto's loss against the White Sox. It was his first Major League outing since Sept. 28, 2011. Note: I would not have bet any money that we'd be seeing Ramon up with the Jays.

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life! | 500 Level Fan

Toronto Blue Jays’ Kawasaki brings life into diverse clubhouse | MLB | Sports | National Post
Lott looks at cult hero: Munenori Kawasaki has played only five games for the Blue Jays, but in his first home game, the Rogers Centre fans were chanting his name

Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees: MLB series preview | Toronto Star
Star's Preview of this weekend's series: The hobbled Yankees are dealing with serious injuries to four key position players.


A deeper look at Jackie Robinson’s worth | 42 | National Post
With historical perspective and new statistical tools at our disposal, we can better appreciate just how good Robinson was

Mike Piazza goes from baseball to ballet | Toronto Star
Mike Piazza knows that some people think it’s funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but he hopes to change their minds. Note: huh?

Astros option infielder Wallace to Triple-A -
The Houston Astros optioned infielder Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday and called up infielder Brandon Laird from the RedHawks. Note: Thanks, Ed Wade. Also makes the initial post trade freakout all that more funny.

Padres' CEO apologizes for cruel comments -
San Diego Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel has apologized to the Los Angeles Dodgers for comments he made about Zack Greinke the day after the pitcher's left collarbone was broken in a brawl. Note: Garfinkel has found 50 Ways To Insult a Dodger.

The Most Epic Game That Didn’t Matter | FanGraphs Baseball
Interesting game from last night. Two almost identical pitching lines.

MLB Retired Numbers, Infographic'd
From Deadspin: Daniel Tewfik has wrangled up the data on the numbers retired by MLB teams, and put together a slew of visualizations. We love this stuff.

Derek Jeter Will Be Out A While
From Deadspin: Derek Jeter will be out until at least the All-Star break after a "small crack" was found in his surgically repaired ankle. New York talk radio callers demand the Yankees trade some crappy AA pitcher for Troy Tulowitzki.


Baseball History - April 19th - National Pastime - Baseball History
1979 After a 6-3 loss to the Orioles in New York, Goose Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb as a result of a clubhouse brawl with Yankee teammate Cliff Johnson. The reliever will be out of action until mid-July, and Johnson will be traded to the Indians for Don Hood due to the altercation.