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  • Originally posted by Reed Johnson
    Nope. Go check the boxscore of the game on mlb.com if you wanna see it for yourself.
    You are right, it was McGowan, I cant believe it. Next time I will only make comments watching the game on TV or live, not through a screeny video.

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    • Well, let's never trade McGowan
      Self-proclaimed President of the Bring Back Kelly movement

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      • The Jays win 6-2 tonight, another good start for Burnett who is finally at .500 for the year. I hope this is turning over a new leaf for the underachieving injury-prone supertalent. Whole team played well. Whole team played well. Woohoo!

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        • Burnett looked good tonight. And Bengie had a triple!! Wow... Anyway, good outing. Keep it coming!

          Also, a little Jays-Fan help is needed in a game here on BBF. In the "Starting Pitchers Vote-Off Game", Roy Halladay needs our help. Check out the thread and you'll get it. Vote every day! Don't let those Cubs fans win with Zambrano.

          Click here and take Halladay to the top!
          WAMCO!

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          • Halladay is God!

            Game Summary: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/NASA...=.jsp&c_id=tor

            BALTIMORE -- Roy Halladay retired the first 16 batters he faced Sunday afternoon -- one for each win he's racked up this season. Halladay excelled, picking up his Major League-leading 16th win and third straight victory as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 9-2.

            Halladay was perfect until Brandon Fahey hit a ground ball through the middle of the infield with one out in the sixth inning. Fahey later scored on a fielder's-choice groundout, breaking up the shutout.

            "Everything he threw, when you hit it, it felt like a bowling ball," Fahey said of Halladay. "Everything was just going hard and down, whether it was a cutter or a two-seamer. "When you see it in the hitting zone, it looks great. Then all of a sudden, it drops."

            The 2003 American League Cy Young Award winner tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits. After giving up a homer to Miguel Tejada and single to start the seventh inning, Halladay retired the final three batters he faced. Halladay said he wasn't disappointed after giving up the first hit to Fahey because it wasn't late enough in the game to be concerned about a no-hitter.

            "He never loses concentration," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's one of the reasons that makes him so good: his intensity, his focus."

            Halladay improved to 14-4 lifetime against Baltimore in 23 games, including a 3-0 record this year with a 2.76 ERA. Of the first 16 batters retired, 11 were on groundouts, and only three balls were hit out of the infield.

            "After maybe the first or second inning, I felt like we were down in the zone better and on the edges of the plate," Halladay said. "That's a good sign for me. If I'm getting a lot of ground balls, that usually means that's where I'm supposed to be: down in the zone."

            With about seven starts remaining this season, Halladay could win 20 games for the second time in his career. Halladay, who won 22 in 2003, certainly is a candidate for the Cy Young honor again this year, as he's among the league leaders in ERA and innings pitched.

            "It's hard to say how good he is, because every time he pitches, he wins," Tejada said. "Today, he was unbelievable. He's the kind of guy that's aggressive, and he makes the hitter swing at a bad pitch because he works fast. What can I say? He's an ace."

            The wins are not much of a concern for Halladay, who pointed out that wins are dependent upon getting run support and solid defense. Although Halladay does not set a personal goal for how many victories he'd like to record, he said he focuses on limiting the walks he allows and trying to throw first-pitch strikes.

            Sunday's outing was a much-needed performance for the Blue Jays, who had seen their starters get battered around in the first two games against the Orioles, combining to give up 15 runs in 5 2/3 innings in those losses. Over the last two seasons, Halladay is 16-3 in 26 games following a Toronto loss, with the Blue Jays winning 22 of those contests.

            The Blue Jays' bats also awoke from a two-day slumber, as the lineup provided Halladay with ample support. Troy Glaus blasted a two-out, two-run homer in the first, and Toronto added two more runs in the next inning. Bengie Molina's two-run shot in the fifth put the Blue Jays ahead by seven, and Reed Johnson also added a two-run homer in the eighth, his 11th of the year, a new career best.

            "It's obvious that it always helps," Molina said about getting an early lead. "It's not going to change your game plan ... but it helps that you've got a couple of runs and that you've got room for mistakes."

            The Jays had scored only two runs in the series before Sunday, but they got to the O's best pitcher, lefty Erik Bedard, for the second time in two weeks. Bedard lasted five innings, giving up seven runs -- five earned -- on seven hits. He had given up two or fewer runs in nine of his previous 10 starts, but Toronto has had Bedard's number this season. He is 0-3 with a 5.76 ERA versus the Blue Jays in five starts.

            With the win, Toronto finished its road trip 6-4 and moved within 8 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees, who play Sunday night, in the American League East. The Blue Jays are 7 1/2 games behind the White Sox in the AL Wild Card race.

            Michael Gluskin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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            Box Score: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/NASA...mlb_1&c_id=mlb

            Toronto 9, Baltimore 2 BAL
            Baltimore (55-69)
            Lost 1
            August 20, 2006
            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
            Toronto
            2 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 9 11 0
            Baltimore
            0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 1
            Standings thru 8/20/06 | Wrap | Gameday

            Toronto AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
            Johnson, LF 5 1 1 2 0 2 3 .324
            Rios, RF 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 .304
            Wells, CF 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 .316
            Glaus, 3B 5 2 3 2 0 1 0 .263
            Molina, C 5 1 2 2 0 0 2 .285
            Hill, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .289
            Overbay, 1B 4 2 3 0 0 0 2 .308
            Zaun, DH 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .263
            McDonald, SS 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 .224
            Totals 35 9 11 8 3 6 15

            BATTING
            2B: Zaun (13, Bedard), Overbay 2 (36, Bedard, Britton).
            HR: Glaus (33, 1st inning off Bedard, 1 on, 2 out), Molina (13, 5th inning off Bedard, 1 on, 2 out), Johnson (11, 8th inning off Ortiz, 1 on, 2 out).
            TB: Johnson 4; Glaus 6; Molina 5; Hill; Overbay 5; Zaun 2.
            RBI: Glaus 2 (89), Rios (62), McDonald (16), Molina 2 (38), Johnson 2 (38).
            2-out RBI: Glaus 2; Molina 2; Johnson 2.
            Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Overbay; Hill.
            S: McDonald 2.
            SF: Rios.
            GIDP: Johnson.
            Team LOB: 5.

            FIELDING
            PB: Molina (9).


            Baltimore AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
            Roberts, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .298
            Markakis, RF 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 .301
            Mora, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .282
            Tejada, SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .330
            Gibbons, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .275
            a-Millar, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238
            Tatis, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .243
            Patterson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273
            Fahey, LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .267
            Widger, C 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .172
            Totals 32 2 5 2 2 4 9

            a-Grounded out for Gibbons in the 9th.

            BATTING
            HR: Tejada (22, 7th inning off Halladay, 0 on, 0 out).
            TB: Roberts; Mora; Tejada 4; Gibbons; Fahey.
            RBI: Markakis (44), Tejada (86).
            Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mora; Fahey; Tejada.
            Team LOB: 5.

            FIELDING
            E: Bedard (1, throw).
            DP: (Tejada-Roberts-Tatis).


            Toronto IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
            Halladay (W, 16-3) 7.0 4 2 2 1 2 1 3.18
            Accardo 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.09
            Ryan 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.39

            Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
            Bedard (L, 12-9) 5.0 7 7 5 1 4 2 3.98
            Britton 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.61
            Ortiz 2.0 3 2 2 1 2 1 9.19
            Chen 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.62

            Pitches-strikes: Halladay 99-61, Accardo 26-17, Ryan 8-7, Bedard 88-60, Britton 22-15, Ortiz 35-23, Chen 15-13.
            Ground outs-fly outs: Halladay 14-5, Accardo 1-1, Ryan 1-1, Bedard 7-4, Britton 3-0, Ortiz 1-3, Chen 1-2.
            Batters faced: Halladay 26, Accardo 5, Ryan 3, Bedard 24, Britton 4, Ortiz 10, Chen 3.
            Umpires: HP: Chad Fairchild. 1B: Brian Gorman. 2B: Bill Miller. 3B: Eric Cooper.
            Weather: 95 degrees, partly cloudy.
            Wind: 9 mph, R to L.
            T: 2:41.
            Att: 23,639.

            Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

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            • Halladay will win his 2nd Cy young, there is no doubt I think. There were multiple contenders a couple months ago but no more. Garland is coming on strong but started the season too poorly. If he did not get hurt last year it probably would have been his 3rd. What a great pitcher.

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              • Game Summary: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/g...=.jsp&c_id=tor

                TORONTO -- It was easily the most scrutinized mound visit this season for the Blue Jays.

                Toronto manager John Gibbons left his seat in the home dugout on Sunday and headed for the mound. Ted Lilly waited on the hill, gripping the ball that his skipper planned on handing to another pitcher. Those in attendance at the Rogers Centre watched the sixth-inning event closely in anticipation of what might happen.

                Nothing did.

                It was the first time this trivial routine occurred between the two since Monday, when the exchange led to a heated argument that turned into a physical confrontation. This time, though, Lilly surrended the baseball and headed towards the bench without saying a word. Gibbons then walked back to the end of the dugout that's on the opposite side as the entrance to the tunnel, where the altercation took place.

                The game went on and Toronto's offense -- powered by a big night by its three catchers -- led the Blue Jays to a 10-6 win over the Royals. While there were plenty of storylines within Toronto's victory, the postgame discussion was focused on the one non-event -- the peaceful meeting on the mound between Gibbons and Lilly.

                "I told him, 'Great job,' because that's exactly what he did," said Gibbons, when asked what he said to Lilly when he pulled him from the game with one out in the sixth. "That's all behind us. We get along just fine. It's just one of those things that happened -- it's gone. He showed me something by bouncing back today with a big win. He deserved it."

                It wasn't the prettiest performance Lilly (11-11) has ever turned in, and he was the first to admit that his stuff wasn't that sharp. The left-hander didn't have good command of his breaking ball and he gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Jays (69-61). The 10 runs -- seven via home runs -- that his offense spotted him, certainly helped his cause.

                "I got a lot of help," Lilly said simply.

                His teammates provided help in the way of runs on Sunday, but Lilly said they were just as supportive during the last five days -- a period in which they could have easily looked at him differently after what happened.

                The typically softspoken pitcher argued with Gibbons when the manager tried to remove him from the game on Monday against Oakland. Lilly initially held the ball behind his back before giving it up -- all before the two were seen shoving each other in the tunnel before a team trainer, security guards and other players stepped in to break up the confrontation.

                "It was something that neither one of us were proud of," Gibbons said.

                Lilly added that even though he was able to sit down and settle the dispute after that game with Gibbons, who sometimes jogs with the pitcher on the road, he couldn't help but think about it prior to Sunday's start. Come game time, though, Lilly said the incident was out of his mind.

                "I had a little bit of thought [about it] before the game," Lilly said. "But certainly once the game starts, I can't waste any time thinking about anything except getting the hitters out. It's hard enough, when you don't have anything in your mind, to just win the game. To let anything else interfere would make things that much more difficult."

                Over the first three frames, Kansas City (47-85) broke through against Lilly for three runs, including two on a third-inning home run by Mike Sweeney. Lilly would give up one more run in the fifth before Gibbons opted to turn to his bullpen when the southpaw walked two straight batters with one out in the sixth. Right-hander Brandon League entered in relief and allowed two runs -- both charged to Lilly -- on a pair of ground-ball outs.

                The Blue Jays' bats did enough damage to overcome the Royals' efforts, though. Bengie Molina, Gregg Zaun and Jason Phillips -- all of whom normally play as catcher -- were each in the starting lineup and combined to go 6-for-12 with 15 total bases, eight RBIs and two home runs. In the eighth, Jays center fielder Vernon Wells added a solo homer -- his 30th long ball of the year.

                Molina, who started behind the plate, belted a grand slam in the third inning off Royals starter Odalis Perez (5-6). Zaun, who served as the designated hitter, added a two-run shot in the sixth that gave Toronto an 8-4 lead, and he chipped in an RBI single in the eighth. Phillips started at first base and went 3-for-3 with three doubles, including one in the second inning that scored Zaun.

                "It was a lot of fun to see all those guys get hits," said a smiling Molina, referring to the catchers.

                It was better to see that the incident between Gibbons and Lilly was officially in the past. The pair made sure to show that was the case in the sixth inning, when everyone watched every step they took.

                "One thing that I can definitely take from that experience is to control my emotions a little better," Lilly said. "I think I have an opportunity to learn from that and let it help me down the road."

                Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

                Box Score: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/ne...mlb_1&c_id=mlb

                Toronto 10, Kansas City 6 TOR
                Toronto (69-61)
                Won 1
                August 27, 2006
                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
                Kansas City
                0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 6 8 0
                Toronto
                0 1 4 0 3 0 0 2 X 10 15 1
                Standings thru 8/27/06 | Wrap | Gameday

                Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
                DeJesus, CF 5 2 2 0 0 0 2 .303
                Grudzielanek, 2B 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 .288
                Sweeney, DH 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 .243
                Teahen, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .296
                Brown, RF 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 .288
                Shealy, 1B 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 .297
                German, LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .321
                Buck, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .234
                Berroa, SS 4 0 0 1 0 1 3 .233
                Totals 35 6 8 6 3 7 10

                BATTING
                3B: German (2, Lilly).
                HR: Sweeney (5, 3rd inning off Lilly, 1 on, 2 out).
                TB: DeJesus 2; Grudzielanek; Sweeney 4; Teahen; German 4; Buck.
                RBI: German (17), Sweeney 2 (20), Grudzielanek (45), Buck (41), Berroa (46).
                2-out RBI: German; Sweeney 2; Grudzielanek.
                Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Buck; DeJesus 2.
                Team LOB: 5.


                Toronto AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
                Johnson, LF 5 0 2 0 0 2 3 .326
                Rios, RF 4 1 0 0 1 1 3 .296
                Wells, CF 5 2 3 1 0 0 3 .320
                Glaus, 3B 3 3 2 0 2 0 1 .261
                Molina, C 5 1 1 4 0 1 4 .277
                Hill, 2B 4 1 1 1 1 2 1 .288
                Zaun, DH 4 2 2 3 1 0 3 .262
                Phillips, 1B 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 .267
                Overbay, 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .307
                McDonald, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .225
                Totals 39 10 15 10 5 6 22

                BATTING
                2B: Phillips 3 (3, Perez, Perez, Wellemeyer), Wells (31, Perez), Glaus 2 (24, Perez, Peralta).
                HR: Molina (14, 3rd inning off Perez, 3 on, 1 out), Zaun (9, 5th inning off Wellemeyer, 1 on, 1 out), Wells (30, 8th inning off Peralta, 0 on, 0 out).
                TB: Johnson 2; Wells 7; Glaus 4; Molina 4; Hill; Zaun 5; Phillips 6; McDonald.
                RBI: Phillips (3), Molina 4 (42), Hill (37), Zaun 3 (29), Wells (90).
                2-out RBI: Phillips; Zaun.
                Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McDonald; Wells; Johnson; Zaun 2.
                Team LOB: 10.

                BASERUNNING
                SB: Wells 2 (14, 2nd base off Wellemeyer/Buck, 3rd base off Wellemeyer/Buck).

                FIELDING
                E: McDonald (7, missed catch).
                Outfield assists: Johnson (Buck at 3rd base).


                Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
                Perez (L, 5-6) 4.0 7 6 6 3 3 1 6.43
                Wellemeyer 1.2 4 2 2 2 1 1 4.48
                Sisco 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.28
                Peralta 1.2 4 2 2 0 2 1 4.18

                Toronto IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
                Lilly (W, 11-11) 5.1 6 6 5 3 6 1 4.78
                League (H, 6) 2.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.60
                Accardo 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.14

                Perez pitched to 1 batter in the 5th.

                Pitches-strikes: Perez 80-49, Wellemeyer 44-25, Sisco 8-5, Peralta 24-19, Lilly 109-70, League 28-20, Accardo 15-10.
                Ground outs-fly outs: Perez 4-5, Wellemeyer 2-2, Sisco 1-1, Peralta 0-3, Lilly 5-4, League 6-1, Accardo 3-0.
                Batters faced: Perez 22, Wellemeyer 11, Sisco 2, Peralta 9, Lilly 24, League 11, Accardo 3.
                Inherited runners-scored: Wellemeyer 1-1, Sisco 3-0, League 2-2.
                Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Tony Randazzo. 3B: Joe West.
                Weather: 73 degrees, overcast.
                Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
                T: 3:16.
                Att: 36,417.

                Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

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                • Originally posted by flying27
                  Halladay will win his 2nd Cy young, there is no doubt I think. There were multiple contenders a couple months ago but no more. Garland is coming on strong but started the season too poorly. If he did not get hurt last year it probably would have been his 3rd. What a great pitcher.
                  I most definitley agree.
                  WAMCO!

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                  • Just Brutal!

                    Game Summary: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/g...=.jsp&c_id=tor

                    CLEVELAND -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons agonizes over leaving his closer in the game for more than one inning. It's not something he enjoys doing. In fact, Gibbons admits it's tough to leave B.J. Ryan out on the mound for as long as circumstances have dictated throughout the season.

                    "We've asked a lot of him this year," Gibbons said.

                    Toronto asked a lot out of Ryan again on Wednesday night, when the All-Star closer was the only pitcher Gibbons wanted on the hill with the game tied in the bottom of the ninth. That wasn't the problem. It was in the 10th inning, when Ryan entered into his 18th multi-inning performance, that the big left-hander faltered on a costly fastball.

                    Ryan hurled a 2-1 heater to Cleveland's Jhonny Peralta that sailed just enough over the plate for the shortstop to send it to right-center field. The ball barely cleared the fence, sending the Blue Jays to a 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Indians at Jacobs Field.

                    "You saw where it ended up. I believe I'd like to have that one back," said Ryan, who was visibly frustrated after the loss. "He put a good swing on it. I made a bad pitch, and he put a good swing on it and hit it out of the ballpark."

                    It was only the second home run that Ryan (1-2) has allowed this season. The other came exactly a month ago on July 30, when Milton Bradley belted a walk-off blast off Ryan in Oakland, where Toronto dropped the first two games in its season-worst seven-game losing streak.

                    Peralta's blast had a similar effect, sending the Blue Jays (69-64) to their third straight loss at the hands of the Indians (63-69), who swept Toronto for the first time since 2004. After the defeat, the Jays headed to Boston, where they'll open a four-game series with the Red Sox on Thursday. Toronto is only two games behind Boston in the American League East standings and is hoping its road woes don't persist at Fenway Park.

                    "The road has been our nemesis," Gibbons said. "We're a different team at home than we are on the road offensively. We hit more of our long balls there. ... That's what it comes down to."

                    Gibbons couldn't have been more correct, and the series against Cleveland was a prime example. The Blue Jays, who dropped to 28-37 away from the Rogers Centre, were outhomered by the Indians, 5-0, in the three-game series. On the road, Toronto has hit just 65 long balls -- compared to 108 at home.

                    Three of Cleveland's home runs in the series came Wednesday. Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner provided the first two -- his 41st and 42nd moon shots of the season. The first gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead in the third inning, and the second knotted the game at 2 in the eighth.

                    "[Hafner] was locked in in Spring Training," said Toronto starter Shaun Marcum, who yielded Hafner's first shot of the night. "That was supposed to be down and it ended up mid-thigh, and he hit it where he should have -- if not, he probably could've hit it farther."

                    Marcum allowed only the lone run on four hits across 6 1/3 innings. It was a solid performance that was spoiled by the lack of offense by Toronto -- only two runs on six hits against Indians starter Jeremy Sowers -- and the late homers Cleveland collected against the Jays' bullpen.

                    After Hafner abused a 2-2 pitch by reliever Jeremy Accardo in the eighth, Gibbons felt he had to turn to Ryan when the left-handed-hitting DH strolled to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth.

                    "Who else you want facing Hafner there?" Gibbons said. "We didn't want to use him there, but you've got to win the game."

                    Ryan struck out Hafner looking on a 3-2 fastball and then induced a flyout to left field off the bat of catcher Victor Martinez. The 6-foot-6 left-hander then forced Jason Michaels to ground out to lead off the 10th and Ryan then collected another strikeout -- this time against Ryan Garko.

                    "That guy's good out there -- [B.J.] is good," Gibbons said. "He's been unbelievable all year for us, he really has."

                    One more out and the game would've headed to the 11th frame and Gibbons would've pulled the plug on Ryan. After all, the closer hadn't logged more than two innings in any outing this season and he'd only allowed a run seven times -- five times in multi-inning performances.

                    "That was it for him," Gibbons said.

                    Ryan's night ended anyway. As Peralta was greeted by a mob of his teammates at home plate, celebrating the shortstop's first career walk-off homer, Ryan and the rest of the Blue Jays headed for the visitors' clubhouse.

                    "I was trying to get him out," Ryan said simply. "He hit it out of the ballpark."

                    Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

                    Box Score: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/ne...mlb_1&c_id=tor

                    Cleveland 3, Toronto 2 CLE
                    Cleveland (63-69)
                    Won 3
                    August 30, 2006
                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
                    Toronto
                    0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
                    Cleveland
                    0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 7 1
                    Standings thru 8/30/06 | Wrap | Gameday

                    Toronto AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
                    Johnson, LF 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 .329
                    Hill, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 .284
                    Wells, CF 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 .319
                    Glaus, 3B 4 1 0 0 1 1 4 .257
                    Molina, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .274
                    Overbay, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .308
                    Rios, RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .290
                    Phillips, DH 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250
                    a-Zaun, PH-DH 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 .270
                    1-Adams, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217
                    McDonald, SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .220
                    Totals 37 2 8 2 3 4 20

                    a-Popped out for Phillips in the 6th.
                    1-Ran for Zaun in the 9th.

                    BATTING
                    2B: Zaun (15, Betancourt).
                    TB: Hill; Wells 3; Molina; Overbay; Rios; Zaun 2.
                    RBI: Molina (44), Rios (66).
                    2-out RBI: Rios.
                    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Molina; Johnson; Zaun; McDonald.
                    GIDP: Molina.
                    Team LOB: 8.

                    BASERUNNING
                    SB: Overbay (3, 2nd base off Sowers/Martinez).
                    CS: Overbay (3, 2nd base by Sowers/Martinez).

                    FIELDING
                    E: Overbay (7, throw).
                    DP: (Hill-Overbay).


                    Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
                    Sizemore, CF 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 .292
                    Blake, RF 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .298
                    Hafner, DH 4 2 2 2 1 1 3 .310
                    Martinez, C 3 0 1 0 2 0 3 .309
                    Choo, LF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .272
                    b-Michaels, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
                    Garko, 1B 5 0 0 0 0 3 5 .324
                    Peralta, SS 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 .257
                    Inglett, 2B 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .292
                    Marte, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .211
                    a-Boone, PH-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
                    Totals 35 3 7 3 7 7 20

                    a-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Marte in the 9th. b-Grounded out for Choo in the 10th.

                    BATTING
                    3B: Choo (2, Marcum).
                    HR: Hafner 2 (42, 3rd inning off Marcum, 0 on, 0 out; 8th inning off Accardo, 0 on, 0 out), Peralta (12, 10th inning off Ryan, 0 on, 2 out).
                    TB: Hafner 8; Martinez; Choo 3; Peralta 5; Marte.
                    RBI: Hafner 2 (116), Peralta (59).
                    2-out RBI: Peralta.
                    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garko 2; Blake; Peralta; Martinez 2.
                    S: Boone.
                    GIDP: Inglett.
                    Team LOB: 11.

                    FIELDING
                    E: Marte (3, fielding).
                    DP: (Sowers-Peralta-Garko).


                    Toronto IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
                    Marcum 6.1 4 1 1 5 4 1 5.37
                    Downs (H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.54
                    Accardo (BS, 4) 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.20
                    League 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3.14
                    Ryan (L, 1-2) 1.1 1 1 1 0 2 1 1.47

                    Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
                    Sowers 5.2 6 2 2 3 1 0 3.42
                    Cabrera 2.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.78
                    Betancourt (W, 3-4) 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4.27

                    IBB: Sizemore (by League).
                    Pitches-strikes: Marcum 101-62, Downs 3-2, Accardo 21-14, League 19-9, Ryan 23-15, Sowers 99-61, Cabrera 23-14, Betancourt 24-17.
                    Ground outs-fly outs: Marcum 7-8, Downs 1-0, Accardo 1-1, League 2-0, Ryan 1-1, Sowers 10-5, Cabrera 0-5, Betancourt 0-5.
                    Batters faced: Marcum 27, Downs 1, Accardo 4, League 6, Ryan 5, Sowers 25, Cabrera 7, Betancourt 8.
                    Inherited runners-scored: League 1-0, Ryan 3-0, Cabrera 2-0.
                    Umpires: HP: Andy Fletcher. 1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Jeff Kellogg. 3B: Jerry Meals.
                    Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy.
                    Wind: 18 mph, R to L.
                    T: 3:29.
                    Att: 22,065.

                    Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

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                    • Wow. The Jays seem to have lost it. SOS. Stranded on "out of contention" island. Please send starting pitching.
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                      • Game Summary: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/NASA...=.jsp&c_id=tor

                        TORONTO -- Prior to Wednesday night's game against Cleveland, Toronto's pitchers gathered to pore through video footage from August.

                        The Indians' three-game sweep over the Blue Jays at the end of the month wasn't the subject at hand. Instead, the pitchers were evaluating highlight plays they each made in the field during the four-week period.

                        When the session was complete, the group voted on which pitcher had turned in the best performance. In the end, Ted Lilly was tabbed Toronto's best fielding pitcher for August. It marked the first time he had won the "PFP," or pitcher's fielding practice award, since joining the Jays in 2004.

                        "I had a lot to live up to," said Lilly, smiling after Toronto's 3-2 win over Cleveland at Rogers Centre.

                        He didn't disappoint. Lilly (12-12) made another game-saving play against the Indians that just might clinch a second PFP honor for September.

                        With the Blue Jays (73-67) clinging to a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, Lilly had a runner on third base with one out. The Jays starter induced a high chopper off the bat of first baseman Ryan Garko, who pushed the ball to the left side of the mound.

                        Lilly reached across his body and snared the baseball out of the air, forcing Jason Michaels -- on base after chipping in a two-run double -- to stay at third. The left-hander threw Garko out at first base and the next 14 Cleveland batters went on to collect just one hit.

                        "Teddy was fantastic tonight," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He made that nice play on the comebacker, which was huge. That's the game right there."

                        At the time, it was simply a groundout that halted a rally for Cleveland (66-72). In hindsight, though, the play turned out to be the turning point in the Indians' collapse in the finale of the three-game set in Toronto.

                        "That was crucial," said Lilly, who gave up two runs on four hits. "At that point, my back's against the wall and I've got to find a way to limit that inning as much as possible.

                        "I guess when I needed to, I made some big pitches and we made some really good plays. I'm pretty happy about coming out of this with a win."

                        After Lilly exited the game following his solid six-inning showing, Toronto's bullpen shut out Cleveland the rest of the way. Jason Frasor, Brandon League and B.J. Ryan, who picked up his 31st save, combined to strike out four in three scoreless frames.

                        The victory, which was Lilly's second in his last three starts, brought the pitcher's win total to 12, which matched his career high. Lilly also won as many while with Oakland in 2003 and then again in 2004, which was his first season with Toronto.

                        Gibbons felt that even more wins could be in store for Lilly, who is eligible to become a free agent after this season.

                        "He's got a chance to win 15 games this year," Gibbons said. "In just about every start he's given us a chance to win -- that's about all you can ask for."

                        Lilly's performance -- on the mound and in the field -- was especially important, considering the limited run support Toronto's offense was able to provide. Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook (12-9) held the Blue Jays to just three runs, despite giving up 11 hits.

                        The only damage done by Toronto came in the second inning, when the offense tallied four consecutive singles against Westbrook. Gregg Zaun, Aaron Hill, and rookie Adam Lind loaded the bases with three base hits in a row, and then they all moved up a base on a wild pitch, putting the Jays on top, 1-0.

                        That's when second baseman Russ Adams, who entered the game without a hit in his last 16 at-bats, dropped another single into shallow center field, scoring two more runs. It was the first time since July 14 that Adams had a hit or an RBI.

                        "It's been a tough year for him. He wants to contribute and he did tonight," Gibbons said. "To be honest, I didn't realize it had been that long. But he needed that. It was a big one."

                        "That felt good," said Adams, who was demoted twice to Triple-A this season. "It felt good to be a part of a win and actually feel a part of one. I actually felt really good in the box tonight and that's the first time I could say that in a while."

                        The biggest play of the night might have come via Lilly's glove, though. After all, he had a reputation to live up to.

                        "The guys gave me the vote this month and I felt I had some big responsibility," Lilly said.

                        He came through when it mattered most.

                        Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

                        Box Score: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/NASA...mlb_1&c_id=mlb

                        Toronto 3, Cleveland 2 TOR
                        Toronto (73-67)
                        Won 1
                        September 6, 2006
                        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
                        Cleveland
                        0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
                        Toronto
                        0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 12 0
                        Standings thru 9/6/06 | Wrap | Gameday

                        Cleveland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
                        Sizemore, CF 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .294
                        Michaels, LF 3 0 2 2 1 1 0 .268
                        Martinez, C 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .309
                        Garko, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .305
                        Blake, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .290
                        Peralta, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .257
                        Kouzmanoff, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .188
                        Luna, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .282
                        Marte, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .206
                        Totals 32 2 5 2 4 9 13

                        BATTING
                        2B: Marte (8, Lilly), Michaels (28, Lilly).
                        TB: Michaels 3; Martinez; Luna; Marte 2.
                        RBI: Michaels 2 (52).
                        Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blake 3.
                        Team LOB: 7.

                        BASERUNNING
                        SB: Michaels (7, 2nd base off Lilly/Zaun).

                        FIELDING
                        DP: 2 (Luna-Peralta-Garko, Luna-Garko).


                        Toronto AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
                        Rios, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .291
                        Catalanotto, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .312
                        Johnson, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .318
                        Wells, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .313
                        Glaus, 3B 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 .257
                        Overbay, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .308
                        Zaun, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 .269
                        Hill, SS 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .287
                        Lind, DH 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 .300
                        Adams, 2B 4 0 1 2 0 0 3 .215
                        Totals 34 3 12 2 2 2 16

                        BATTING
                        2B: Lind (2, Westbrook), Glaus (25, Cabrera).
                        TB: Wells; Glaus 4; Overbay; Zaun; Hill 3; Lind 3; Adams.
                        RBI: Adams 2 (27).
                        Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zaun 2; Rios.
                        GIDP: Rios; Catalanotto.
                        Team LOB: 9.

                        BASERUNNING
                        SB: Hill (4, 2nd base off Westbrook/Martinez).


                        Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
                        Westbrook (L, 12-9) 6.0 11 3 3 1 2 0 4.22
                        Cabrera 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.67

                        Toronto IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
                        Lilly (W, 12-12) 6.0 4 2 2 4 5 0 4.63
                        Frasor (H, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.36
                        League (H, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.84
                        Ryan (S, 31) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.40

                        WP: Westbrook.
                        IBB: Overbay (by Cabrera).
                        Pitches-strikes: Westbrook 105-66, Cabrera 21-10, Lilly 108-73, Frasor 10-8, League 7-6, Ryan 13-9.
                        Ground outs-fly outs: Westbrook 11-5, Cabrera 1-5, Lilly 5-8, Frasor 1-1, League 1-1, Ryan 0-1.
                        Batters faced: Westbrook 28, Cabrera 8, Lilly 26, Frasor 3, League 3, Ryan 4.
                        Umpires: HP: Wally Bell. 1B: Mark Carlson. 2B: CB Bucknor. 3B: Adam Dowdy.
                        Weather: 72 degrees, overcast.
                        Wind: 7 mph, In from LF.
                        T: 2:37.
                        Att: 20,406.

                        Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

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                        • I think that it's time for this thread to be un-stickied, and for the offseason thread to be put where this one is. Anyone disagree?
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