Hi everyone - welcome to tonight's live blog of the Blue Jays vs. the Boson Red Sox. Here are your starting lineups for both teams:
Toronto Blue Jays (27-16)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Kevin Millar, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Jose Bautista, LF
Starting: Bobby Ray (1-1)
Boston Red Sox (24-16)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Julio Lugo, SS
Starting: Jon Lester (2-4)
Action gets underway at 7:10pm EST. The artist formerly known as Robert Ray, Bobby Ray is making his fourth big league start against the big bad Red Sox.
Jon Lester has been roughed up a little bit in his last few starts. He's given up 6 and 5 runs in his last two starts.
Still no word on why exactly Robert Ray wants to be referred to as Bobby Ray now. He must be having some sort of identity crisis.
Is it possible that Jon Lester is running into a similar situation as Jesse Litsch? There's a possibility that he was overworked last season, and is feeling the repercussions this year.
Remember guys, even if the Blue Jays do happen to lose tonight, they will still be in first place. But gaining another game on the Sox would be nice before the Jays head into Atlanta.
Just in case you're wondering, Roy Halladay has 3 career hits. He'll be looking to ad to that total tomorrow night in Atlanta.
With a lefty on the mound, Cito is opting to go with the alternate lineup - Kevin Millar at First Base, and Jose Bautista will be in Left Field. Fenway Park seems to still have an affinity for Kevin Millar. Ever since he "Cowboyed Up", they just can't get him out of their heads.
Jon Lester is a career 1-2 record against the Blue Jays with a 3.94 ERA.
Marco Scutaro in to lead off.
Second pitch, Scutaro swings and hits a single to left field.
Hill takes a big cut, but fouls away. 0-1 count.
I can't wait to see that on Sunday. I think his hair will barely fit inside that helmet. It will be badass.
If anyone out of Halladay, Richmond, or Tallet can get a hit in Atlanta, I'll be very impressed.
Hill strikes out swinging on a breaking ball from Lester. 1 away, Scutaro still on first.
Alex Rios up now, he's a career .357 hitter against Jon Lester.
Lester almost pulled a Josh Beckett there and didn't see Rios call time.
Some fan in the second deck probably caught that wild pitch.
Rios golfs it out to left field, but Jason Bay is there. 2 away.
Here's Vernon Wells - and despite taking a lot of heat for not delivering lately, he was 3 for 5 last night. Bad news is he hasn't cashed in an RBI in 13 games.
Adam Lind usually cleans up the bases for what Vernon Wells should have done.
Wells' ears must've been ringing - just as we trash talk him, he hits a single out to left field.
Yeah, but it was with 2 outs though. CLUTCH HITTING BABY!
Lind has really settled into the role very nicely. The weekend should be interesting, because he will be playing those games in left field. If Monday's game was any indication, it looks like he needs a little practice hitting the cutoff man.
And here comes the artist formerly known as Robert Ray.
I'm happy with Lind where he is right now. He's doing very well in the DH spot and continues to improve.
I'm not sure if the NESN broadcasters got the memo that he's now know as Bobby Ray.
According to Dennis Eckersley, the scouting report on Ray is "meh".