Spring Threat: Jays vs. Orioles

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Whoa. Would you look at that. We’ve crossed the midway point of the Grapefruit League season, and judging by today’s Blue Jays lineup, things are starting to get serious.

That’s a whole bunch of regulars right there (for the Jays, at least — the Orioles have sent some trash to Dunedin, evidently). It’s actually something close to what you might expect to see on Opening Day. Especially since — ugh — this morning we learned, via a Sportsnet piece from Mike Wilner, that Edwin Encarnacion will be shut down another week because of an oblique issue. The team says he’ll still be ready for Opening Day, but will he be up to speed?

Hey, and in other not-so-great Edwin news, Jamie Campbell tweets that, according to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, the meetings between Encarnacion’s camp and the Jays about his contract didn’t go so well. It seems that Eddie is looking for more years than the Jays are willing to offer, he adds. Which… aren’t we all?

More on that in a separate piece. And in the meantime, let’s listen to some baseball!



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Next game: Tomorrow, 6:35 PM ET, @ Yankees

And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar(R) CF
Josh Donaldson(R) 3B
Jose Bautista(R) DH
Troy Tulowitzki(R) SS
Chris Colabello(R) 1B
Michael Saunders(L) LF
Russell Martin(R) C
Darrell Ceciliani(L) RF
Ryan Goins(L) 2B

RHP Jesse Chavez

Baltimore Orioles

Joey Rickard(R) CF
Ryan Flaherty(L) 3B
Jonathan Schoop(R) 2B
Pedro Alvarez(L) 1B
Nolan Reimold(R) RF
Hyun Soo Kim(L) DH
Christian Walker(R) LF
Paul Janish(R) SS
Audry Perez(R) C

RHP Chris Tillman