A lot of news has come about in the past two days, and here it is:
Jays Decide It's Cool To Hit Again
Cito Gaston returning to SkyDome for the first time since 1997. This was important, but something else also happened on June 24. The Jays actually hit!
Through the first two innings, the Jays scored 11 runs and would ultimately finish with 14. Their 22 hits also marked the most the franchise has had since 2003. Every starter managed to produce a hit.
Burnett rebounded from a tough outing in his last start, pitching eight solid innings of one-run ball and earning himself a win.
After the game, Cito said he would like to reach .500 by the All-Star break, meaning the Jays will have to go 11-6 the rest of the way. If they keep hitting like they hit today, it is possible.
Adam Dunn denies phone call with Ricciardi
A lot was made of J.P. Ricciardi's comments on Adam Dunn last week when he said, "Do you know that the guy really doesn't like baseball all that much?" "Do you know the guy doesn't have a passion to play the game that much? We've done our homework on guys like Adam Dunn and there's a reason we don't want Adam Dunn." (MLB.com)
This was in response to a fan who called his weekly radio show, questioning why he hadn't acquired Adam Dunn to spark the offense. Dunn responded with a harsh comment, claiming that he didn't have an idea who J.P. Ricciardi was and calling him "some clown sitting in the front office pushing paper." (MLB.com)
After these comments were made, Ricciardi claimed to bury the hatchet. He said Dunn had called him wanting to put the past behind them. Dunn has now since said that no phone call happened. Ricciardi is standing by what he said, labeling Dunn a liar.
My opinion? I think this is childish and they should meet on the field tomorrow (Reds are playing a series in Toronto) to say what they have to say and it can be done with. They don't even have to apologize, just stop with the nonsense.
Injuries Still a Problem for the Jays
Aaron Hill is expected to be out for at least two more weeks as the club has told him to remain home for that period of time. Hill was injured on May 29, colliding with teammate David Eckstein.
He is still feeling concussion-like symptoms and may be out two weeks or as long as two months. Only time will tell when he is ready to return.
Meanwhile, Shaun Marcum, Toronto's best pitcher this year, will not require surgery on his elbow but he will be on the bench until the All-Star break, meaning he will be gone for three more weeks.
Marcum is suffering from strained ligaments around his elbow and forearm.