A plank in J.P.'s future?

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

The Blue Jays had a getaway day yesterday.

How long until the Jays have a getaway day for general manager J.P. Ricciardi?

'Bay watch

Anybody else over-bored with Lyle Overbay?

Mr. Overpay struck out three times yesterday -- his batting average falling below .250, and the Blue Jays falling below .500.

The first baseman has three hits in his past 36 at-bats.

GM challenge

In a comparison of general managers, here are four reasons we like Brian Burke more than Ricciardi:

4) Burke signs free agents ... Ricciardi buys out free agents

3) Burke wants guys who hit ... Ricciardi is happy if they just walk

2) Burke used to be a Duck ... Ricciardi is a lame duck

1) Both have roots in Boston ... but at least Burke doesn't try to be a commuter.

Say what?

"A baseball exec who is one unsheathed sword from being prodded on to a plank over a tank filled with hungry crocodiles, Ricciardi is about as popular in Toronto as a heat wave during the winter carnival."

-- Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News on Ricciardi.

Slow tempo

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was asked to perform at a race track near London in the hopes the music would spur the horses to run faster.

The orchestra played the William Tell Overture and the theme to The Lone Ranger during a race, but they may as well have performed the Also-Ran Shuffle.

Winner Action Impact covered the one-mile, three-furlong course in a disappointing two minutes and 20.34 seconds, more than two seconds off the record pace.

Busch whacked

Apparently, Kyle Busch hasn't accepted Tony Stewart's apology.

Busch was pushed out of the way by Stewart on Saturday at Daytona, causing Busch to crash and Stewart to win the Coke Zero 400.

Stewart said he called Busch this week, adding that they were "on the same page."

It didn't sound like it yesterday.

Asked how he felt about getting the phone call from Stewart, Busch told ESPN: "It really didn't mean a whole lot. I guess he was checking on me to see if I'm alive."

Busch also had some advice for NASCAR:

"If the second-place driver dumps the leader, then black flag his ass. He doesn't get the win."


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