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Gameday Thread, #43: 6/21 vs. Blue Jays

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Brandon Morrow
RHP, 3-3, 6.15

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Dan Haren
RHP, 4-3, 4.83

We don't play the Blue Jays often. Empirical evidence for this was that I didn't have a logo for them stashed away, but turns out that there is no major-league team we have met less often than Toronto. The White Sox will be less after tonight, however, as we have currently faced both teams a total of six times in franchise history. The last time we met our northern cousins was almost six years ago in Toronto, with Danny Bautists DHing.. No-one who played for us that day is still with the club, the last vestige having evaporated when we let Chad Tracy go this winter.

Tonight's line-up and stuff after the jump

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Conor Jackson LF
  3. Stephen Drew SS
  4. Justin Upton RF
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Mark Reynolds 3B
  7. Chris Young CF
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Dan Haren RHP

There were rumors that Dan Haren would be hitting eighth tonight, but turns out that was just a bit of joke by AJ Hinch. Bit of a shame, it's the kind of forward thinking which drives traditionalists insane - see Mark Grace fuming against the Giants for doing it last night. Which, of course, is exactly why I like it. Another helping of sacred cow? Don't mind if I do...

Needless to say, no-one on our team has ever faced Morrow before. There's some familiarity on the Blue Jays with Haren, thanks to his time in Oakland, but the man with the best batting average is former Giant Fred Lewis, who is 8-for-19. In his last five starts against Toronto, Haren has a meaty 6.19 ERA... but is 4-0 in that time. That's American League baseball for you. I'm just looking forward to seeing Morrow - three plate-appearances over his entire professional career - trying to bat...

soco will be recapping things for you tonight, and here's to the Diamondbacks doing something they haven't done all season - win three games in a row...