Aug 7, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ (48) stands on the mound with catcher Josh Thole (30) before being relieved against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tower Talk August 8, 2013: What's Happ-enin'

Blue Jays

J.A. Happ made his return to the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays last night in his first Major League action since a scary incident that saw him hit in the side of his head with a line drive. Not only did Happ return but he pitched well, but it was not enough for the Blue Jays’ bullpen as it once again imploded, blowing a 5-run lead to fall to the Mariners 9-7. The last few weeks the Jays ‘pen just hasn’t been the same, undoubtedly due to their overabundance of work early in the season. [National Post]

Mark Derosa was claimed on waivers as first reported by Ken Rosenthal, not a huge deal seeing as how the Blue Jays have said they literally place every single player on waivers,  but certainly of note because he is a guy that I could see the Jays dealing, but also could see him on the bench in 2014…Your move AA, give us something to talk about! [TSN]

The only remaining member of the Blue Jays “Big Three” pitching prospects Aaron Sanchez left his start early last night. In his last chat Keith Law mentioned Sanchez had been fighting blisters recently so let’s hope that is the extent of the injury. I might break down in tears if Sanchez and Osuna end up with new elbow ligaments so close together. [Bluebird Banter]

The Blue Jays have had a few holes in the line up this season (okay maybe an understatement), the most glaring of which are at catcher (J.P. Arencibia is really really bad) and second base (ugh). How easy are the fixes at these positions, and how much can that improve the Blue Jays? [DJF]

Maple Leafs

Mikhail Grabovski remains unsigned and we’re approaching training camp at an alarming rate. I’ve heard that it’s because Grabovski was on his honeymoon and wasn’t even looking at offers until last week when her returned to North America…but who knows, he might fancy himself a $5.5 million player still? [Editor In Leaf]

The Leafs #23 and #22 players in the organization under 25 are Tom Nilsson and Carter Verhaeghe. Not going to pretend that I know anything about these guys, because I don’t, but that’s why Pension Plan Puppets is here to tell us all about them. [PPP/PPP]

The newest member of the Tip of the Tower team Terry Harris took a look at the free agent dilemma that is Cody Franson. [ToT]


With the Raptors schedule now out, it’s time to take a look at the “must see” games for the new season. [Yahoo! Canada]

The Toronto Star recently ran a competition for “rebranding” the Toronto Raptors, I think I’m being nice in saying that the finalists all sucked. Raptors Republic thought essentially the same thing, so they’re holding their own competition with some cool prizes…fun! [Raptors Republic]


The Toronto FC faced off against AC Roma yesterday, and it didn’t go terribly well. Just a friendly, so who cares. []


Khalif Mitchell is making an impact for the Argonauts early in the CFL season, which is exactly what the team’s brass was hoping from Mitchell when they acquired him from the Lions in the offseason. [Toronto Star]


What should you be looking for what the Bills kickoff preseason this Sunday? Well mostly EJ Manuel and whether he can look comfortable in a full speed game (not a scrimmage). [Bleacher Report]

Sometimes you just want to read about the kicker…but seriously, this is kind of interesting so check it out! [Rochester Democrat & Chronicle]



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