Hi everyone, welcome to tonight's live blog of the Blue Jays vs. the Boston Red Sox.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS (27-23)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, LF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Kevin Millar, DH
8. Lyle Overbay, 1B
9. Rod Barajas, C
Starter: RHP Casey Janssen (0-1)
BOSTON RED SOX (28-20)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. J.D. Drew, RF
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. George Kottaras, C
9. Julio Lugo, SS
Starter: RHP Tim Wakefield (6-2)
The Red Sox are 11-14 on the road so far this season, the Blue Jays are 16-6 at the Rogers Centre.
Hopefully the bluebirds can turn it around against the BoSox. Last time around, Tim Wakefield held the Jays to just 1 run in 8 innings. Wakefield is a career 17-11 with a 3.68 ERA against the Jays.
Around the horn today, Rockie's manager Clint Hurdle was fired. The Rockies are off to an 18-28 start and sit last place in the NL West.
We're coming close to the 1 year anniversary of the dismissal of John Gibbons. Now he's bench coach with the Royals. There could be a Cy Young contender matchup next weekend when the Royals come to town. I'm hoping for Halladay vs. Greinke.
We'll see what happens ... the Jays are going to be very very hungry for a win tonight.
Just looking at the All-Star ballot rankings today, Aaron Hill currently ranks third in voting behind Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler.
Bastian just tweeted that according to coolstandings.com, the Blue Jays have a 39.8 percent chance of making the playoffs this year. Not bad for a team that's lost 9 straight.
If you're wondering who tonight's guest of honour is at Flashback Friday, it's Paul Spoljaric. I bet that guy was made fun of a lot as a kid because of his last name.
The more the merrier Dave. We can hold our own here!
Aaron Hill can throw Frodo into the Mountain of Mordor.
All I can say is thank god for that day off yesterday. It helped cool a lot of heads, otherwise there would be some mighty angry people around here.
The dome is closed tonight, so maybe there will be less acrobatics from Wake's knuckleball.
Fantasy baseball owners, keep an eye out if you haven't already - Matt Wieters makes his debut tonight against the Detroit Tigers.
He better hit 3 homeruns tonight, and cash in 5 RBI's. That's all I have to say.
David Ortiz is hitting 6th in the lineup and batting below the mendoza line. Another reason to feel great about tonight's game.
I still find it very surreal to see Casey Janssen back on the mound.
It was only a matter of time before those damn pink hats came out.
We're underway, Casey throws it in for heat. 1 strike.
Ellsbury lines the second pitch straight to Scoots. 1 away.
That's an awesome Wieters thing, Dave.
Pedroia grounds one up the middle for a basehit. 1 away, Pedroia on 1st.
LJ, are you at the ballpark tonight?
Dang, well this is the next best place to be!
J.D. Drew flies out to RF. Alex is under it for two out.
Hmmmm .... a little bit. Outs are outs, but we'll see how Casey does. It's only his second start of the year.
Youkilis steps into the batter's box to a chorus of boos. Thank you!