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The Legend of Munenori Kawasaki grows by leaps and bounds. He did the unpossible (sic) yesterday by hitting a two run home run that tied what might have been a disappointing loss for the Jays. What else are we going to talk about? Oh right, some other way less miraculous entertaining things happened links.

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Brad White

GAME RECAPS

Blue Jays rally to beat Baltimore Orioles for ninth win in a row and climb back to .500 | Toronto Star
Ninth-inning single by Rajai Davis gives Blue Jays 7-6 walk-off win over the Baltimore Orioles and gets club back to .500.

Davis, Kawasaki lift Blue Jays to ninth straight win - Sportsnet.ca
Rajai Davis hit a game-ending single, Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career home run and the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 to extend their win streak to nine games.

Baltimore Orioles suffer 7-6 walk-off loss to Toronto Blue Jays - baltimoresun.com
Sad Kawasaki-less recap from the other side: Pedro Strop gave up the game-winning hit to Toronto. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected in the second inning.

JAYS LINKS

Irrepressible Kawasaki continues to revel in spotlight - The Globe and Mail
Japanese shortstop has taken both Toronto and social media by storm, and he’s loving every minute of it

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Garth Iorg's Batting Stance
Ian looks at a 3rd baseman's batting stance. Not Tony Bautista odd, but Iorg's stance was different.

A Moment In Time | U.S.S. Mariner
Fewer things in this world are certain than you think. At least, I think so, but I’m not certain of that. Right now, though, at this writing, I can tell you with certainty one thing that’s certain: we’re into the last third of June. And I can tell you another thing that’s certain: at this writing, Munenori Kawasaki owns a higher wOBA than the Seattle Mariners.

MLB LINKS

The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Swings | FanGraphs Baseball
Awful

The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Pitches | FanGraphs Baseball
No Jays this week. Whew!!!

Upset! Upset! Upset! Atlanta Braves stuck with Glass Joe Title after losing series to New York Mets | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Big League Stew: It sure has been an exciting and unlikely week in the life of Big League Stew's Glass Joe Titles, which throw shame on getting a series KO.

Cooperstown Confidential: The wonderful world of Manny Mota
One of the greatest pinch hitters of all time.

TODAY IN BIG JERK HISTORY

Baseball History June 22nd - National Pastime - Baseball History
2001 The Braves trade John Rocker along with minor league third baseman Troy Cameron to the Indians in a four-player deal in return for relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed as well as cash. The Atlanta fireballer became a national figure after his negative comments about New Yorkers, homosexuals, unwed moms and immigrants appeared in Sports Illustrated.