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Tower Talk: August 15, 2013


Finally something to talk about in Toronto sports! First it leaked that the Blue Jays had called up one of their top prospects Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo, which was followed up with the news that they had Traded to KC Royals traded utility man Emilio Bonifacio for a PTBNL or Cash Considerations. Given the state of the current Jays season, getting a look at Pillar, and whether or not he can contribute to the team in 2014 gives Jays fans a reason to actually watch from here on out.

Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar was drafted in the 32nd round of the MLB draft, and in the words of Alex Anthopolous was never expected to play in the Majors. Despite an 0-4 night, Pillar impressed with 2 hard hit balls and a nice diving catch in left field. [National Post]

Speaking of last night’s game, the Blue Jays won it in walk off fashion thanks to Brett Lawrie. Lawrie had the opportunity to hit thanks to some questionable managerial decisions on the part of Red Sox skipper John Farrell. Manager’s rarely affect the outcome of the game, but I’m going to go ahead and say that Farrell was a big part of this Red Sox loss with his tactics in extras. [Toronto Star]

Oh, and Rajai Davis hit a little league home run, which has to be one of the funnest things I’ve seen live at a baseball game since Aaron Hill stole home against Andy Pettitte.

Aaron Sanchez has seemingly recovered from his blister issues, pitching a gem last night. With the additions of Munenori Kawasaki and Kevin Pillar to the Major League roster, I think we can expect a little minor league shuffling in the Blue Jays organization over the next few days. [Jays Journal]

Maple Leafs

The expectations around David Clarkson and the Toronto Maple Leafs are sky-high after he signed a massive contract with the team in the offseason. Does he have any chance of matching the hype surrounding his megadeal? Something tells me that expectations have surpassed the abilities of the 29-year old with a career high of 46 pts (yes you read that right). [Rant Sports]

Dumb Maple Leafs fans seem to hate Dion Phaneuf. He’s overrated and awful they say, a defensive liability! The more rational of us take the view that Phaneuf may look bad sometimes, but that’s because he’s playing huge minutes against the toughest competition with partners like Mike Kostka! For those of use that think along those lines, Cam Charron does the lord’s work making light of Phaneuf’s poor possession numbers and their likely cause (aka the awful partners and insane competition). [The Leafs Nation]

Bills

The Buffalo Bills have signed Canadian Linebacker Jamaal Westerman to their training camp roster. Westerman is a native of Brampton, and has played in 45 career NFL games. I would imagine if Westerman is able to stick with the Bills, getting into the game in Toronto would be an amazing experience for him, his friends and family. [CBC]

After returning from a knee injury this week, Kevin Kolb will get the start in the Bills second preseason game of the year versus the Vikings. [Globe & Mail]

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