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It's a TBD Sunday June 23, 2013 Links

Another day, another win. The Jays have won two games against Baltimore and are now looking for the series sweep for an 11 game winning streak. Meanwhile in Japan, the commissioner is taking major heat because they juiced the balls without telling everyone.



Bautista homer gives Blue Jays 10th straight win -
CP's recap: Jose Bautista hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

Blue Jays extend winning streak to 10 games on Jose Bautista home run | Toronto Star
Happy Recap: Chien-Ming Wang handles Baltimore Orioles batters, Jay streak one shy of team record.

Orioles fall to Blue Jays, 4-2, after Jose Bautista's two-run HR in the bottom of the eighth -
A day after Darren O'Day struck him out, Toronto right fielder gets revenge with game-winning homer


Fixing J.P. Arencibia | Baseball | CBC Sports
After a flawed-but-promising rookie season in 2011, it was easy to think that, with a few adjustments, J. P. Arencibia could become a star. It hasn't happened. Instead of progressing, Arencibia seems to be getting worse.

The Jays' rotation gets some unexpected help. | : Jonathan Bernhardt Article
It's not working precisely how they planned, but the Blue Jays are winning baseball games. Yes, R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson are probably broken... but Chien-Ming Wang, Esmil Rogers and Brett Cecil are outperforming all expectations.

The Toronto Blue Jays Are Out Of The AL East Basement, Barely
From Deadspin: The Blue Jays were so far south of their preseason projections that even after a 10-game winning streak they're still the most disappointing team in baseball this season. But! After a wild 11-day charge, they've gone from 12 games back in the AL East to 6.5 back. They're now above .500 for the first time since last July. They're a hairsbreadth ahead of Tampa Bay in the standings and an arm's reach away from the Yankees. They still have a long way to go, but are no longer a garbage fire by the lake.

Reyes looks ready to roll - Sports - The Buffalo News
When he went down in a heap after one hideous slide into second base more than two months ago in Kansas City, Jose Reyes had all kinds of thoughts flash through his mind. A few hours later, the gruesome sight of his ankle had him in tears.


Japanese juiced baseball scandal sends shockwaves | Toronto Star
Homers up 40 per cent, fan support plummets, pitchers fear financial ruin. Note: MLB would never do that right?

The legend of Evan Gattis grows: He breaks his bat on his back after hitting a foul ball | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Big League Stew: One day, when you're telling your children about Evan Gattis, baseball's folk hero they call El Oso Blanco, you might tell them the story of the day Gattis hit a foul ball and broken his bat on his follow-through.

International Notes: Gonzalez, Despaigne, Jimenez: MLB Rumors -
Latest on International FAs.


Baseball History - June 23rd - National Pastime - Baseball History
1963 After taking Dallas Green deep, Jimmy Piersall runs around the bases in the correct order, but backward, to celebrate his 100th career home run. The Mets' outfielder, who thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention Duke Snider's 400th round-tripper received, will be released two days later by manager Casey Stengel.