Football preseason has finally begun, which signals the beginning of the end of the great sports depression known as the middle of the summer. Football, hockey, basketball are right around the corner and the Blue Jays season will be approaching its merciful end. But until then, we’re still scraping for news. Yay!
After he seemingly hit a wall over the past month, the Blue Jays have finally decided to send pitcher Esmil Rogers to the bullpen. Whether his ineffectiveness is from fatigue, or overexposure to opposing hitters, Rogers has struggled to get outs. The Blue Jays are clearly hoping a return to the bullpen will translate into a return to form. [National Post]
Josh Johnson has cleared waivers and is now eligible to be traded to any other team. Michael Wray writes an open letter to those teams about Johnson’s prospects. Having his latest start pushed back due to forearm soreness cannot help with what little value the big righthander has left. [Jays Journal]
Hey Leafs, if you could maybe do something (anything) of interest that could be written about, this offseason would be much more interesting. Maybe a tidbit on how Kadri/Franson contract negotiations are going? They’re only ridiculously important to the potential success (or failure) of this season.
This season will be an interesting one in Raptor Land, one thing to keep an eye on will be who will break out during what will likely be a frustrating season. My vote is for the obvious choice, Jonas Valanciunas, although if Terrence Ross or Demar Derozan make a huge leap that would be just fine by me. [Raptors HQ]
Raptors Republic took a look at the leagues shooting guards and ranked them from top to bottom. Raptors two guard Demar Derozan came in around middle of the pack, which is to be expected. [Raptors Republic]
The Toronto FC faced the Seattle Sounders on Saturday in Clint Dempsey’s début falling 2-1. After two straight league victories heading into this game, there’s no way TFC had a chance of pulling this out. [TheScore]
The Bills faced the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in their first preseason action. Bills rookie EJ Manuel played the entire first half and performed quite well. While essentially meaningless as it was a preseason game, it was nonetheless a positive sign for the Bills. [Toronto Star]
Over at Buffalo Rumblings Brian Galliford gives us the winners/losers of the first preseason game. [Buffalo Rumbling]