Game Thread: Blue Jays (9-13) @ Yankees (11-9)

Apr 20, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) during the game against the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre. The Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight on Jays Journal (I feel like I’m announcing a 60 Minutes special) we are very happy to be continuing our live game thread. The Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their week-long road trip with a visit to Yankee Stadium to face-off against the New York Yankees. Our series opening live game thread will be hosted by none other than yours truly. Sorry you guys are so unlucky… it’s just been that type of season so far for Blue Jays fans.

After a breathtaking finish to last night’s game, the Jays look to have their hands full again this evening. As a nationally-televised event on MLB Network there should be lots of eyes on tonight’s matchup in the Bronx. But Toronto-area fans will need to be weary that the Maple Leafs game in Florida has taken precedent on our main channel. Obviously there are still other ways to watch but don’t say I didn’t warn you when you turn on your TV at 7PM/EST. If you can’t for some reason find the game, make sure to check out this page as I will be providing an update every half inning and interacting with readers in the comments. If you follow me on Twitter you know I love chatting with other Blue Jays fans so I can’t wait to hopefully meet some new faces tonight!

I want to start this session off with a question that’s recently been up for debate. Who should John Gibbons use as the Blue Jays lead-off hitter until Jose Reyes returns?

I’m not going to give you my opinion yet but I want to see what you guys come up with!

Mark Buehrle (1-0) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) SNET-1/MLBN/SN590

This game feels like deja vu from last Saturday afternoon. When I started writing this piece and began breaking down the matchup, I had to ask myself “is this April really cursed for the Jays?” I am seriously beginning to wonder. Kuroda dominated the blue birds just five days ago and now they must face him again on his very next start, this time at home. C’mon man can’t the Jays get a break already?

Kuroda has come out of the gate dealing, already throwing a complete game and showing off a slick 2.35 ERA with an even 1.00 WHIP to start the season. He didn’t get the win last time around thanks to the Yankees awful bullpen but held the Blue Jays to three hits and only one run while striking out seven. Toronto fans can only hope Kuroda is due for an off-day based on the fact he has thrown a combined 222 pitches in his last two starts, which is a ton of work this early in the season. But like so many other pitchers he’s showing serious game while approaching 40 (I’m sure Bill Simmons is firing up the steroid debate somewhere…)

Buehrle on the other hand has been atrocious to start the season. To give him some credit, he has managed to get back on track a bit with two consecutive quality starts but Jays fans are right to expect more from the veteran lefty. He matched Kuroda with seven strikeouts last Saturday and pitched well allowing only 3 runs (2 earned). The Blue Jays’ offence saved him from a loss, coming back to crush the Yankees ‘pen in the eighth to give Mark the fortunate no-decision. His ERA at the moment is 5.87 so lets hope he can continue bringing it back down tonight. And please, please no more Aaron Loup. Aaron Laffey is now part of the active roster so hopefully he can take over handling lefties for the time being.

News & Notes:

Don’t be surprised if Aaron Laffey sees his first action of the season tonight… No official word on whether Adam Lind will be back in the lineup after missing yesterday’s game to celebrate the birth of his child… Yesterday’s day game in Baltimore drew only 14,981 fans (32.6% capacity)… Toronto is tied for third most GIDP in the AL so far…Buehrle has pitched at least 200 innings each of the past 12 seasons… Only the Mariners, Astros, Padres and Marlins have worse run differentials than the Blue Jays at -29…

As I write this starting lineups have not yet been announced but promise an update this afternoon. Stay tuned!

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  • http://twitter.com/ehi___ ehi

    The real question is, who will replace John Gibbons before the season is over…

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      amazing point… my personal choice would to bring back Cito for one more run, although I wasn’t exactly thrilled with his performance the last time around

      • Jay Blue

        Under no circumstances should Cito return as manager. Give Gibby the season.

        • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

          fair enough… sure is fun to blame everything on him though

    • Travis Bateman

      There is absolutely 0 chance that Gibby doesn’t finish the season as Manager…I know some others around here aren’t enamoured with his managing so far, but I think he’s been pretty decent, and when luck starts rolling our way this #firegibby nonsense will be forgotten.

      • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

        i don’t know if it’s nonsense i didn’t like the choice to begin with but he will probably finish the season… would you really trust him in the playoffs though?

        • ehi

          agreed he will be around the entire season, one can wish though. also, as long as gibbons is around i wouldn’t get used to mentioning the word “playoffs”, unless “miss the” precedes it.

          • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

            lmao i hear you but i don’t think the manager has that much to do with whether you get in or not… that’s on the players. I still think Jays win AL East with 88-90 wins and am cautiously optimistic Gibbons will figure out his roster by then

  • Travis Bateman

    Lawrie’s the guy that should leadoff…but once he starts getting his timing a little more down in the next couple of weeks, until then Kawasaki is fine by me if he keeps up decent/grinding at bats

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      what do you think of davis/kawasaki/bautista?

      • Travis Bateman

        Not a fan of Davis up top of the line up against a righty…but he has a good history against Kuroda and Gibby loves microsplits

        • ehi

          GIbby loves putting his hands down his pants then smelling them…Leave Kawasaki or give Melky a shot.

          • Travis Bateman

            I would wholeheartedly support Melky up top of the lineup

          • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

            slightly worried that Rajai experiment might have worked out too well, I could see Gibbons giving him a go for a couple games I like the speed but that’s about it

  • Ben de la Durantaye

    ENCARNACION!!! Try to stop this guy! Just try! hahah <3 Edwin!

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      he’s on fire!!

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    How is the ERA on Sportsnet different from the ERA on Baseball Reference?

  • Ben de la Durantaye

    And now LAWRIE! /blink.. Is this real??

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      I think I might be dreaming…

  • Travis Bateman

    The offense is awake! Finalllllly

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      I could get used to this

  • Ben de la Durantaye

    If you consider that Wells was a Blue Jay for 12 years, the only scoring tonight has been done by Jays ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Was Encarnacion even running towards first base?

    • Ben de la Durantaye

      I think he gave up after Nix was all like “nope.”

      • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

        lol pretty much just started heading for the dugout

  • Travis Bateman

    The tone on Twitter with the Jays getting off to a lead early in the game is refreshing!

    • Travis Bateman

      So much for that

      • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

        ughhh

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Love when Buehrle locks ‘em up with the breaking ball on the outside corner

  • Ben de la Durantaye

    Bleh. Cano really takes the wind out of the sails. Anyway folks, gonna jet here to get more packing done. Will be back to watch the rest of the game later but you’ll all know the outcome by then.

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      thx for stopping by!

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    somehow according to Tabler that pitch over the plate to Rajai in the first was now down and away…

  • Justin Jay

    Cervelli… why friggen Cervelli?

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      I wish I knew

  • Justin Jay

    Buehrle just threw a harder throw to first than to any yankee hitter tonight!

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      I’m not 100% sure but I actually thought he was safe but I’ll take it

      • Justin Jay

        He was

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      if mark wasn’t an overweight lefty he would make one heckuva 3B

  • Justin Jay

    Sweet grab by Gardner… what a d-bag

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      I thought that would drop… just more bad luck

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      I never noticed until you keyed me in but Colby is like looking at me when he breaking ball is coming keep that head down!

      • Justin Jay

        That’s honestly why he’s missing the ball so much. That head is flying up during the swing.

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      gards has range

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    So the Yankees are using the hashtag #HIROK

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Sorry I’m late fellas. Little League baseball tonight for the kids. Looks like I’ve missed more of the same thus far.

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      honestly it’s been groundhog day all month

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    I really think we could use a cool hashtag name for Buehrle… I’m sick of spelling it

    • Kyle Franzoni

      #BRRRLLLLEEE

      • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

        I like it… how about #BRLE?

      • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

        I like yours better but i’m too lazy to type that many letters

  • Justin Jay

    DeMarlo Hale was a coaching candidate for the Boston Red Sox the year Francona got canned. Little did we know he would be the coach replacing Farrell…

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Ichiro takes a ball of the head and still looked like he wanted to take third… even though he’s a Yank I’ll give him some credit for that play

  • http://jaysjournal.com/author/mcdougles Daniel G.

    Looks like we die by the dinger tonight.

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      that first inning was so promising too… such a tease

  • Justin Jay

    I was really hoping the barrell of Rasmus bat would hit Cano in the face… of course… he struck out on that too

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