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Feral Fan Friday April 5, 2013 Links

How did it feel to see the Jays the First Win of the Season? Felt awesome didn't it? Not as good as it would have opening day... well... yeah... I know. The Jays offense thumped Brett Myers like he was Fransisco Cordero the 2012 version although Mark Buehrle didn't do much better.

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Guess Who?
Guess Who?
Jared Wickerham

Guess who's coming back? Yes, you know who. As Tom pointed out, this is one of those rare moments when the ex-Jay coming back deserves every boo he gets. I am going to boo (my TV set) and I'm not the type to boo. It would be a beautiful thing to see if the new look Jays can stomp this "John Farrell is the greatest manager ever" optimistic nonsense of the Red Sox into the ground. I'm looking forward to it.


Jays’ offence finally comes to life in wild win over Indians - The Globe and Mail
The Globe's Recap: Five home runs lift Toronto to first victory of 2013 season

Toronto Blue Jays show offensive versatility in slugfest win over Cleveland Indians | MLB | Sports | National Post
The National Post's recap: After scratching out a total of three runs in their first two games, the Toronto Blue Jays bashed five home runs

Toronto Blue Jays unleash power to win first game of season | Toronto Star
The Star's recap: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia hits two homers in 10-8 win over Cleveland Indians. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus also hit home runs.

Toronto Blue Jays batter Brett Myers, outlast Cleveland Indians, 10-8 |
A less happier recap from the Cleveland view.


Jose Bautista's umpire-bashing could be costly | Baseball | CBC Sports
Jose Bautista caused a bit of a stir on Wednesday by talking to reporters about his outbursts with umpires. Bautista has always been pretty willing to let umpires and everyone else know when he disagrees with a call, and his latest comments won't endear him to major league umps.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox: MLB series preview | Toronto Star
It should be a full house and a hostile home crowd on Friday as Jays’ fans "welcome" back the not-so-dearly departed John Farrell.

GIF: Jose Bautista Will Bring You To Your Feet | NotGraphs Baseball
Sure the extra innings loss hurt, but this is one beautiful moment of Jose Bautista "clutch" hitting.


WEEI's Preview of the Jays vs Farrell Series
Bautista twisted his ankle while beating out an attempted double play relay in the eighth inning but doesn't expect to miss any time. "Hopefully tomorrow I'll wake up great and I'll be in the lineup and go beat the Red Sox," he said

Ubaldo Jimenez: perception vs. reality
Hardball Times looks at Ubaldo Jimenez and his mechanics in what one might consider a pitching mechanics tutorial.

AL Notes: Valverde, Rays, Viciedo, Wells: MLB Rumors -
Both the Mariners and Yankees made bad decisions relating to a player named Wells, writes's Dave Szymborski (insider sub. req'd). Szymborski opines that Seattle's decision to go with Jason Bay over Casper Wells and New York's acquisition of Vernon Wells are among the worst moves of the spring. Note: It goes to show that "All Wells Does not End Well"

Guerrero Signs With Independent League Team: MLB Rumors -
For those who believe in Vladdy.

Roy Halladay Doesn’t Answer the Question | FanGraphs Baseball
Yikes and ugly. Time won't stop even for Roy.


Baseball History April 5th - National Pastime - Baseball History
Expos Related History and JP Arencibia, oh my.

1972 The Mets trade outfielder Ken Singleton and infielders Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen to the Expos in exchange for 28-year old all-star right fielder Rusty Staub. The 'Le Grand Orange' will miss most of the season due to injuries, but will play a major role in New York's 'Ya Gotta Believe' pennant-winning team in 1973.

1997 At Olympic Stadium, the Rockies set a franchise record with seven home runs, including three by Larry Walker, who is pulled from game in the eighth inning by Rockies manager Don Baylor. The Colorado skipper doesn't want to run up the score against the Expos with his team ahead 15-1.

2005 The Nationals, formerly known as the Expos, lose their inaugural season opener bowing to the Phillies, 8-4. The franchise, which played its initial 36 years in Montreal, becomes the first team to represent the nation's capital since the Senators left Washington to become the Texas Rangers in 1971.

2012 J.P. Arencibia's three-run homer in the 16th inning, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 7-4 victory over Cleveland, ends the longest opening-day game in major league history. The Progressive Field marathon surpasses the 15-inning Opening Day contests between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.