I'm probably going to miss the next two games, and won't likely even be around a computer until tomorrow evening at some point. Don't let that be an excuse for you to miss the AL East races. Yeah, races. The Jays are one game back of not-last in the AL East, and could make that up with a win this afternoon against the Red Sox.
Let's not kid ourselves though, the real business at hand here is the 3-way race between the Yankees, Orioles and Rays at the top of the East. The Yankees beat the O's last night, and the Rays walked off on the Rangers in extras. As such, the Yanks lead by a game over the O's, and by just two over the Rays, despite holding a 10-game lead about a month ago. Tough to watch Jays games with these races going down. Oakland and Baltimore hold the two wild card spots at the moment, with the Rays being a game back.
If you missed it last night, JP Arencibia and Brett Lawrie both returned to the lineup last night. JPA has to be a bit better than Jeff Mathis, so the difference isn't that big there. The real improvement here is the recall of Lawrie, getting the offensive hole of Adeiny Hechavarria out of the lineup. Part way there, I guess. Still have Gose (.261 wOBA) in there most everyday instead of Bautista (.376 wOBA). A little absurd. The Jays have also called up David Carpenter, Yan Gomes and Joel Carreno.
Naturally, JA Happ has been shut down for the season, and will be getting a bunch of screws put in his foot to repair a stress fracture that occurred some point last week, two starts ago. Aaron Laffey has been chosen to replace Happ in the rotation. If that's not enough for you, apparently Henderson Alvarez, who actually pitched well for a change, reported some tricep soreness after his start last night. Let's not be unreasonable here.
Finally, the Jays have granted an early release to Koby Clemens so that he could catch for his pa, Roger for the Sugar Land Skeeters yesterday. RC went 4.2 innings.