Posted by: Jeremy | August 11, 2009

Jays start new era with a bang

The great Jason Frasor

The great Jason Frasor

Alex Rios is gone and the Jays are winners, against the Yankees in New York no less. Why didn’t we get rid of him earlier? Okay, okay — I’ll lay off the poor guy. Jose Bautista went 0-for-4 in Rios’ place in right field tonight but Toronto still won 5-4, snapping the Yankees’ winning streak at seven.

The Rios deal (can we call it that, even though it wasn’t a trade?) may have signaled the start of some bizarro world, because the Jays’ bullpen did something it hasn’t done much to this point in the season — perform. After starter Mark Rzepcynski was bounced in the fourth in a 4-4 game, Shawn “The Reign Man” Camp, Brandon League, Jesse Carlson and Jason Frasor combined to shut the Yankees out and hold the one-run lead Toronto picked up on Lyle Overbay’s homer in the fifth. Aaron Hill also hit a solo shot for the Jays, his 27th of the season.

All in all, it was a spirited effort by a team that learned they’re losing a two-time all-star half-an-hour before the game. Expect a handful of makeshift lineups until Travis Snider gets called back up, which likely isn’t going to happen until September. Randy Ruiz, a 31-year-old career minor leaguer (minus 62 at-bats with Minnesota last season), was added to the Jays’ roster tonight. In 114 games in Vegas this season, he’s mashed to the tune of .320 with 43 doubles, 25 homers and 106 RBIs. Should be interesting to see what he can do at the big league level.

The Jays and Yankees are back in action tomorrow night for the second of their three-gamer, with Scott Richmond getting the start against some fatty named Joba.




    Crazy man love for Frasor.

  2. tracking back Jays start new era with a bang… tracking back Jays start new era with a bang…

  3. Frasor is the man indeed. Who needs Jason Werth anyway?

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