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Snowy Saturday April 20, 2013 Links

It seems that winter will not end, as this morning there was some snow on the ground in my part of the GTA. BTW, yesterday's loss was not a good game all round (duh.) It was awful (again, duh.) I don't remember much of it because I fell asleep halfway through it as my body decided that it needed more sleep than endure the game which is why I suddenly dropped off the game day thread.


Today's Word of the Day? Relentless (as in relentlessly stupid.)


Blue Jays still not firing on all cylinders; fall to Yankees, 9-4: Griffin | Toronto Star
The Star's Game recap: The real Jays aren’t all the way back but, as a group, they believe they’re getting closer.

Jose Bautista’s return means little in New York Yankees rout of Toronto Blue Jays | MLB | Sports | National Post
National Post's Game Recap: Jose Bautista returned from a four-game absence caused by back spasms on Friday, in time for the Blue Jays’ 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees

Andy Pettitte improves to 3-0, Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay all homer in Yankees 9-4 win over Toronto Blue Jays - NY Daily News
Game Recap from the Other Side (read with caution:) Andy Pettitte’s back seemed just fine Friday night. Brandon Morrow and the Blue Jays, on the other hand, might be feeling some neck stiffness after watching one ball after another leave the yard.


The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: George Bell Karate Kicks Bruce Kison
Ian looks at George Bell's entry into the world of Martial Arts. George Bell was Kung Fu Fighting... His leaps were fast as lightning... In fact it was so damn amusing... Ernie Whitt hit with expert timing

Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay return to Toronto as New York Yankees | MLB | Sports | National Post
The New York Yankees, beset by injuries, acquired both Vernon Wells and fellow ex-Blue Jay Lyle Overbay to make up for absences to the lineup

D'Backs' Hill out up to six weeks with injury -
Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is expected to miss from four to six weeks because of a broken left hand.


The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Pitches | FanGraphs Baseball
Yikes. These are bad as always. No Jays.

The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Swings | FanGraphs Baseball
Woo Jays Content... Woo Colby? Ugh.

CC Sabathia and Pitching to the Score | FanGraphs Baseball
Fangraphs looks at the "Jack Morris" effect and CC.

When are batters most aggresive?
A look at how swing rates are affected by base state, outs, and inning. From Hardball Times.

Summing up Game Score
A different way to evaluate pitchers. From Hardball Times

The relentless Red Sox
Boston's new base-running strategy. Note: Sigh.


Baseball History April 20th - National Pastime - Baseball History
2008 The Blue Jays release Frank Thomas a day after the slugger became angry for not being in the lineup. The "mutual agreement" is reached after a clubhouse meeting between G.M. J.P. Ricciardi and the designated hitter, who wants to be with a club where his playing time will not be reduced.