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GameThread for Game 144: Blue Jays @ Braves

Old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta
Old Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta
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The American League East-leading Blue Jays (82-61) will be facing the already-eliminated Atlanta Braves (56-88) tonight in game 1 of the three-game series in the final Interleague series of the season. Because the game is played in a National League park, old-fashioned rules will be followed so pitchers will have to bunt. Here are the lineups John Gibbons and Fredi Gonzalez have drawn up for the game.
Ben Revere - LF Nick Markakis - RF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Daniel Castro - 2B
Jose Bautista - RF Freddie Freeman - 1B
Justin Smoak - 1B Adonis Garcia - 3B
Russell Martin - C A.J. Pierzynski - C
Ryan Goins - SS Nick Swisher - LF
Kevin Pillar - CF Andrelton Simmons - SS
Cliff Pennington - 2B Michael Bourn - CF
Mark Buehrle - LHP Julio Teheran - RHP
Because there is no designated hitter tonight, Edwin Encarnacion will get a day off to rest his thumb, but may be able to pinch a pinch.


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Almost everyone abides by the letter of this, which is good, but people have been breaking the spirit of this rule far more often as GameThreads have got busier. So, to clarify: This rule isn’t only about not using f*** and s*** and so on, it’s also about not being a boring poo who responds to everyone and everything bad with "hell" and "ass" and stuff like that. This isn’t because we’re puritanical weenies, but rather because 1) it makes for really boring threads; 2) it lowers the general tone of discourse, leading to a(n albeit slow) death spiral in the quality of comments; and 3) see: 1, it makes for really boring threads. Like, really really. Variety is the spice of comments, so take a page from Gerse’s Expressing Displeasure Through Gibberish Dictionary (3rd Edition) and communicate your frustration using nonsense instead. Examples include: "Well that was a big ol pile of pants." "Florkbuckets." "What in the floop was he doing there?!". Each of those communicates "that sucked", "f***" and "what the hell?!" just as clearly as using the phrases themselves while also staving off a general decline in the tone of comments and keeping things fresh for your fellow commenters.

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