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Sunday Bantering: Bits of Jays Stuff

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels
This used to get players fined. I’m glad baseball has grown up some.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday. I’ll admit to be moving slowly today. The game went late last night and I spent more time on the recap than I would have liked.

But I really enjoyed the game. It is a lot more fun when the Jays are scoring.

Today’s lineup. Vlad gets an off-day because of a sore wrist. Teoscar is also sitting.

Today's Lineups

George Springer - CF Taylor Ward - RF
Santiago Espinal - 2B Shohei Ohtani - DH
Bo Bichette - SS Mike Trout - CF
Alejandro Kirk - C Jared Walsh - 1B
Matt Chapman - 3B Luis Rengifo - 2B
Cavan Biggio - 1B Brandon Marsh - LF
Lourdes Gurriel - LF Max Stassi - C
Raimel Tapia - DH Andrew Velazquez - SS
Bradley Zimmer - RF Tyler Wade - 3B
Jose Berrios - RHP Patrick Sandoval - LHP

I don’t blame any player for needing an off day, I don’t play the games and I need some. Actually, I’m taking a few days this week. I’m riding in the MS Bike Ride at the end of June and haven’t been on my bike enough, so I’m taking three days in Banff just to ride and do little else. I think I’m in good enough shape to do the 180ish KM of biking but I do have to get my butt used to sitting on the bike seat for that long.

If you have a few dollars doing nothing else, and you would like to give to a good cause, I’d appreciate the support. And thank you to those who have donated. I’m #29 on their rankings for top fundraisers for this ride. That’s pretty good for someone not getting any corporate donations (though if SB would like to change that, I would be ok with it).

And, next weekend, I’m playing competitive tennis, at a tournament in Red Deer, Alberta. A friend asked if I’d play doubles with him. I’ve been learning the game this winter, this will be the first time that I’ll be at something really competitive. I’m curious to see how it goes. I’m not expecting we’ll be winners, but it will be interesting to see if we can make matches competitive.

Yesterday’s umpire scorecard. Alex Tosi wasn’t great. His second-worst call was what should have been ball four to Matt Chapman in the eighth, but, as it turned out, I’m glad he missed that one.

Apparently, Kurk Suzuki is ok. He did pass out, but he ‘feels fine’ today, and will be available off the bench. I hope he gets at least a couple of days off.

That is great to hear.

The Twins are going to be shorthanded against the Jays next weekend. ‘Several’ players won’t be making the trip. I get that there is a ton of misinformation out there, but man, if it was going to cost me part of a paycheck, I’d get the shot.