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Home Opener Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (2-2) vs. New York Yankees (1-2)


The Blue Jays sure like to draw out Home Openers so let’s see if I can get this post up before game time.

Dustin McGowan is starting for the first time since 2011… I’m sure you’ve heard this by now. Wishing all the best for Dustin and that his arm doesn’t fall off. His stuff is top-notch but his command can be spotty at times so the key for him will be throwing strikes (and keeping his arm intact).

Masahiro Tanaka makes his North American regular season debut and should be a sight to watch for both Blue Jays and Yankees fans. I didn’t catch him during spring training but he throws a fastball anywhere from the low-to-mid 90s with a devastating splitter. He’s a workhorse who loves to throw so it should be interesting to see how he fares against big league competition for the first time in a game that counts. I wouldn’t be surprised if teams struggled against Tanaka his first few rounds through the league.

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Melky Cabrera LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Dioner Navarro C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Ryan Goins 2B
Jonathan Diaz SS

Dustin McGowan P

New York Yankees Lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Dean Anna SS

Masahiro Tanaka P

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  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Buehrle catches the first pitch from Halladay… damn Doc looks good in that jersey.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Why are we sitting the hottest bat in the line-up in Izturis?

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      3 for 4 against RHP so far too

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    McGowan gives up a double followed by two base hits as the Yankees open the scoring 1-0 in the top of the first.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    McGowan missing over the middle of the plate and the Yankees aren’t missing

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Nasty slider and big strikeout for McGowan with the bases loaded… two out, bases still juiced, Jays trail 2-0.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Tanaka hangs a breaking ball that Melky takes deep – Jays cut the deficit to one.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Bautista didn’t like that called strikeout but keeps his cool and heads back to the dugout.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Tanaka goes to his bread and butter and K’s Edwin with a couple of nasty splitters.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Ellsbury with a great jump on a stolen base attempt, Navarro air mails second on a rushed throw but Colby backs up the play to at least hold Ellsbury at second.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    McGowan blows a fastball by Gardner on the outer third for his second K

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Rough start for Dustin but looks like he’s settling down now. Nice to see Melky get one back.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Is it possible that the turf looks even worse than last year?

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Two-run single to left field for Jonathan Diaz – Jays take the lead 3-2!! The Rogers Centre is humming…

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Teixeira leaves the game with what looks like a lower body injury

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Okay I’ll admit Brian Robert’s baserunning skills are pretty exceptional

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Instant replay is proving to be truly awful

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    McGowan gives up a two-run double and he’s done for the night. 2.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

    Aaron Loup in for the Blue Jays.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    The Yankees infield currently consists of Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts, Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Loup gets a Buehrle-like called third strike – beauty pitch, but it was outside. Whatever, I’ll take it at this point. Let’s get a run back!

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    What is Jose doing showing bunt?

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Thought that was gone… Edwin’s doubles off the top of the left field wall.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    That stuff about Tanaka pitching a 15-inning game in high school then pitching the next day is just insane.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Loup gives up a bloop single, Yankees score another run and now lead 5-3.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Todd Redmond makes his first appearance of the season.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    And some idiot decides to run on to the field… what else is new?

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      however their timing was impeccable as they delay gave Cecil more time to warm up… he’s in next

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Can’t believe Tanaka got through six innings. Given how the Jays got to him earlier that they would have run him out earlier.

  • 70-92

    Another horrible home opener for the Jays . . . Dickey gonna get crushed today . . . gotta win Sunday to keep the start of the season decent (3-4)