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Tonight’s 8-4 over the Baltimore Orioles combined with the Red Sox 6-2 to the Rays means the Blue Jays are back in sole possession of first place in the American League East. Drink it in, folks.

Kevin Millar was the hero against his former squad, driving in 3 runs on 2 hits. Millar’s double in the 4th inning helped rally the Jays for 4 runs, after Mark Hendrickson held the Jays to only 2 hits through the first 3 innings. Halladay settled down after an usually rocky 1st inning, where he gave up a 2-run homer to Nick Markakis. I hate Markakis’ last name, because every time I type it, it looks like it’s spelt wrong even when I know for sure it’s right.

After the 1st, Halladay put it on cruise control until the 8th inning. The Orioles just kept rallying hit after hit and at one point Cito Gaston even came out to the mound for what I was certain to be a pitching change. Out of respect for Halladay, Cito left him in to clean up his own mess. You could tell that Doc was bloodthirsty to get Luke Scott, but he managed to hit safely as well.

Eventually in the 9th, Scott Downs came in and shut the door and here we are once again in first place. I don’t want to say it in case I jinx it, but all I will say is that it’s a one word phrase that rhymes with layoffs.

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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  1. eyebleaf

    May 2, 2009 - 4:36 am

    Millar is a rudey. Great pickup by JP, which he of course will get no credit for.

    Hope the live-blog action was dope, buddy.

  2. Ian H.

    May 2, 2009 - 4:43 am

    Millar has definitely paid off so far. I wasn’t expecting much from him, but he’s really exceeded expectations.

    The live blog was great! I think I need to rest my fingers for a while though, so I don’t get carpal tunnel.

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