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    Blue Jays vs Athletics: July 29-31

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    Monday, July 29 10:05 PM EDT

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    Esmil Rogers.................A.J. Griffin
    3-4 3.74.........9-7 3.84


    Rogers pitched well in a no-decision Wednesday, allowing two runs in seven innings against the Dodgers. Rogers has pitched well since joining the Blue Jays' rotation and now is the owner of a 3.74 ERA. The 27 year old righty will try to keep up his strong pitching against the Oakland Athletics next week.


    Griffin won for the third time in four starts Thursday, giving up three runs - all on two homers - over 6 1-3 innings of a 4-3 win at Houston.



    Tuesday, July 30 10:05 EDT

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    Mark Buehrle.......Dan Straily
    6-7 4.50,,,,,,,,6-4 4.43


    Buehrle pitched a two-hitter, and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst, seven-game losing streak by beating the Houston Astros 4-0 on Thursday night. Buehrle pitched his ninth career shutout, and first since throwing a perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2009. He struck out a season-high nine - his highest total since he fanned a career-high 12 against Seattle in April 2005.


    Straily was on the short end of an 8-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday. Straily allowed five runs over 4 1-3 innings in a subpar effort.



    Wednesday, July 31 3:30 EDT

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    R.A. Dickey........Bartolo Colon
    8-11 4.86........14-3 2.54


    Dickey struck out eight batters but allowed five runs over seven innings in Friday's 12-6 win over the Astros. The Toronto offense didn't come alive until the seventh inning, so Dickey did not factor into the decision. He has an excellent 23:6 K:BB ratio over 18 innings in his last three starts but has also given up a total of five home runs in those outings. Dickey has now surrendered 24 dingers this season, tying him with Joe Blanton for tops in all of baseball. He'll carry a 4.86 ERA into his next start, which is scheduled for Wednesday in Oakland.


    Colon won his 14th game in the Oakland Athletics' 6-4 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Colon, an All-Star, won his third straight decision while facing his former club. The right-hander earned the 2005 AL Cy Young Award with a 21-8 year for the Angels. Colon (14-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out two and walked two. He has won 11 of 12 decisions since losing May 9 at Cleveland and has lost just once since turning 40 on May 24.










    If the Oakland Athletics' latest victory was further indication that their offense is heating up, they just might run away with the AL West title.

    Hoping to build on an impressive comeback win, the A's look for a fourth consecutive victory Monday night against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

    Oakland (62-43) averaged 1.6 runs while splitting eight games from July 8-20, but since is putting up 5.0 per game while winning six of eight. The A's overcame an early five-run deficit to win 10-6 over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

    "That's just Oakland A's baseball," catcher Derek Norris told the Athletics' official website. "You know there's going to be a time when both (hitting and pitching) are going to click, and that's going to be scary for teams when they come in to face Oakland.

    "That's what makes us a very good ballclub."

    Yoenis Cespedes had three hits with four RBIs as Oakland increased its division lead to a season-high six games over struggling Texas. Before breaking out, Cespedes was 2 for 15 with five strikeouts in his previous five games since he won the All-Star Home Run Derby.

    "I've been working a lot, every single day, to try to get the swing that I got (Sunday),'' said Cespedes, who still has not homered in 25 consecutive games.

    Teammate Eric Sogard also had three hits, and is batting .407 (11 for 27) with six RBIs in his last eight contests after going hitless in his previous nine at-bats.

    "We've had some guys struggling, and then someone else shows up ... and then someone else shows up," manager Bob Melvin said. "We still have some guys struggling, but we manage to either get just enough or keep adding on like (Sunday).''

    Toronto (48-56) scored 24 runs while winning three of four from major league-worst Houston this weekend, with half coming in Friday's 12-6 victory. Colby Rasmus delivered the winning single in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 win Sunday.

    The Blue Jays entered that set in the midst of a seven-game skid.

    "We have to put as many wins together as we can," Rasmus told the Blue Jays' official website. "Stay positive and get on this (10-game) West Coast trip and go out there and try to win some ballgames."

    Rasmus is batting .365 with 14 RBIs in 23 games this month, and .357 (5 for 14) in his last three versus Oakland.

    Teammate Edwin Encarnacion went 9 for 12 with eight RBIs in the Houston series. He's hit .391 (9 for 23) with two homers and five RBIs in his last six games against the A's.

    However, Encarnacion and Rasmus are a combined 1 for 6 with three strikeouts against scheduled Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (9-7, 3.84 ERA).

    The right-hander allowed four hits over 7 2-3 scoreless innings while going 1-0 against the Blue Jays last season, but left after 32 pitches with a strained shoulder versus Toronto on August 4.

    Griffin gave up three runs on two more homers in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-3 win at Houston on Wednesday. He ranks among the major league leaders with 23 home runs allowed, but only six have come at home.

    He'll be opposed by Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.74), who has not earned a decision in his last three starts. Rogers allowed two runs despite yielding 10 hits in seven innings of an 8-3, 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

    The right-hander pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings of relief versus Oakland last year.
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    How has Bartolo Colon not been busted for PED's yet? THE MAN HAS NO NECK

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_jon View Post
    How has Bartolo Colon not been busted for PED's yet? THE MAN HAS NO NECK
    Oh, don't worry lol

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...48682&c_id=mlb
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    Did anyone listen to Tim n Sid today?
    They did a break down of both teams starting 5 and not only was it so depressing but at the same time it was toooo effing hilarious lmao.

    How the hell does a starting rotation only make under 5M total and be in first place in the division. Thats freaken to good to be true.


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    Great day of baseball. Taking the family to watch 3 of the 4 former Jays at the Marlins game at 7:00 and with the time change , get home by 10:00 to watch the Jays.

    Hoping for 2 wins tonight!

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    Going to be a tough series. Unless our offence does something great, I can see us losing 2 of 3 here. I am getting myself ready for the late night torture.

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    Dickey against Colon...better get the Ben-Gay ready, 78 years combined., Hoping for big games from Dickey and Buehrle because both of these guys will be here next year and I'd like to just see consistancy out of both so at least next year we can say we have 4 and 5 covered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagnall View Post
    Dickey against Colon...better get the Ben-Gay ready, 78 years combined., Hoping for big games from Dickey and Buehrle because both of these guys will be here next year and I'd like to just see consistancy out of both so at least next year we can say we have 4 and 5 covered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagles4Lyfe View Post
    Did anyone listen to Tim n Sid today?
    They did a break down of both teams starting 5 and not only was it so depressing but at the same time it was toooo effing hilarious lmao.

    How the hell does a starting rotation only make under 5M total and be in first place in the division. Thats freaken to good to be true.
    They've got Brett Anderson (5.5M) on the D/L. So clearly it's just active guys. Outside of Colon & Straily their rotation isn't fantastic, but with the low GB% in a park that's difficult to hit a HR in you can get away with all the flyballs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitchy View Post
    They've got Brett Anderson (5.5M) on the D/L. So clearly it's just active guys. Outside of Colon & Straily their rotation isn't fantastic, but with the low GB% in a park that's difficult to hit a HR in you can get away with all the flyballs.
    Who are some of the ground ball pitchers who could be available in the off season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitchy View Post
    They've got Brett Anderson (5.5M) on the D/L. So clearly it's just active guys. Outside of Colon & Straily their rotation isn't fantastic, but with the low GB% in a park that's difficult to hit a HR in you can get away with all the flyballs.
    Thats true, but they still just plug guys in and they get the job done, wish we can say the same about our guys.

    Our best pitcher ERA wise has been Rogers and he makes the least amount of money out of everyone in our rotation.


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    more great jays defense
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    Quote Originally Posted by killersweet View Post
    Who are some of the ground ball pitchers who could be available in the off season?
    Not very appealing...AJ Burnett, Halladay, Feldman, Hammel, Hudson, Maholm and maybe a few others.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagles4Lyfe View Post
    Thats true, but they still just plug guys in and they get the job done, wish we can say the same about our guys.

    Our best pitcher ERA wise has been Rogers and he makes the least amount of money out of everyone in our rotation.
    Beane's done a very good job with that team. It's tough to watch the Jays pitching, you're right about that.


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    well i least i wont have to stay up all night, down 3-0 already
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