Blue Jays Report: Things got a lot better for the Blue Jays yesterday. Not only did they get a win, with just off the DL Alex Rios leading the way. They got another good outing from Shaun Marcum, granted it was a bit short because of the power outage in Oakland that halted the game. BJ Ryan got the two inning save, working himself in trouble in the eight inning but getting the double play ball to end the inning. And even more good news, Gustavo Chacin will be making a rehab start in Syracuse on Sunday, which means he should be back soon. Also the Red Sox lost, so the Jays picked a game on them.
So the trade deadline is Monday, and it will be interesting to see what, if anything, the Jays do. Do they pick up a starting pitcher with Chacin coming back. Do they pick up a short stop to take over for light hitting John McDonald? Do they try to pick up some help for the pen. I expect maybe the pen is where the Jays might make a move. I would to surprised if they did anything big, but maybe a small deal to try to help out that pen.
Bisons Report: The Bisons got a split of the double header yesterday, losing the first game 6-3, but coming up with a 2-1 win over the Louisville Bats in the night cap. Also in the IL North Rochester lost, which lets Scranton catch them for first pace, with Ottawa four games behind, and Buffalo four and a half.
Andy Marte got the call to the big leagues, going 0-3 in the Tribe’s 1-0 win (more on that in a second). Really he did not deserve a callup, only hitting in the .270’s and very bad play at third. But seeing he is the Tribe’s top prospect in Buffalo, we knew the call up was coming. Also in that game, Jeremy Sowers pitched his second straight complete game shutout. The first Indians rookie to do that in 35 years. It kinda makes you wonder why Sowers was not up in Cleveland sooner in the season. Tomorrow I will be in Cleveland at the game. The Jake is one of my favorite ballparks, so with the Herd out of town and the Jays on the road, it seemed like a good time to go to Cleveland for a game.
New York-Penn League Report: The Batavia Muckdogs returned home to get a 9-4 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in a game that had almost a 2 hour rain delay. 1,058 fans were in the stands in Batavia to see game. The first place Jamestown Jammers lost to the Williamsport Crosscutters in front of 1,799 fans in the PA city.