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Tower Talk: August 5, 2013

A long weekend in the Great White North led to a lack of serious news for us to browse. The Blue Jays barely avoided a 4-game sweep at the hands of the equally awful Angels, the Leafs still haven’t signed Cody Franson or Nazem Kadri, and the Raptors haven’t done anything. The life of a Toronto sports fan.

Blue Jays

At the Toronto Star, Ben Walker informs us that some players would like the teams that signed PED offenders such as the Jays with Melky Cabrera. Once again showing us that some baseball players lack that elusive skill called critical thinking.

Jays Journal does us a favour and gives us some non-Major League Blue Jays news updating us on prospect Matt Smoral. We also get a look at the rotation of the Blue Jays single-A affiliate Lansing. There’s hope!

Blake Murphy of Bluebird Banter takes a deeper look into Josh Johnson‘s struggles from the stretch. I’m still of the mind (and in the minority) that Johnson will put it together before the end of the season, but he’s really running out of time.

For DJF, Andrew Stoeten makes an excellent point that I failed to pick up on originally in that Alex Anthopolous failed to mention catching as one of the areas that the Blue Jays were looking to upgrade. Here’s to hoping that it was AA realizing Arencibia can’t handle the increased media scrutiny as opposed to believing he has any hope of ever figuring it out.

Maple Leafs

Jonathan Bernier is excited about competing with James Reimer for the Leafs #1 goalie position according to Kevin McGran at the Toronto Star, because really what else could he possibly say about the situation?

Pension Plan Puppets gives us something to distract us from the fact that Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson have yet to be signed, because who doesn’t love Phil Kessel highlights.


Walking The Red is claiming that TFC have won their second game in a row. These guys usually know their stuff but is their any way that this is actually possible?


The Toronto Sun is reporting that RIcky Ray should be ready to go against the Montreal Alouettes. Good news for the Boatmen, although Zach Collaros did fill in admirably in his one start.


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