These guys are enjoying life more than you are right now.
The Red Sox are 19-8 and the Jays are 10-18. Fuck everything.
Interesting stuff from Dirk Hayhurst on today’s Baseball Central about the substance on Clay Buhholz’s arm last night. Shi Davidi looks into it at Sportsnet (a post that also has the video of Dirk’s comments), with a screencap from the broadcast. I tweeted a different, somewhat less compelling one myself. That Skeet Ulrich looking motherfucker!
John Farrell and the Red Sox are, rather unsurprisingly, suggesting that it’s just rosin on Buchholz’s arm.
Mike Wilner tweets that John Gibbons told reporters that Josh Johnson played catch ahead of a scheduled bullpen yesterday, and that the pain in his triceps was still there. He shut it down and will rehab in Florida.
Ricky Romero was the first choice to come up, says Gibbers, according to a tweet from Chris Toman. The club got positive reports from Dane Johnson, who had been working with Romero in Dunedin, and he won’t be on a pitch count in tomorrow’s game.
“If he didn’t feel good about it and we didn’t feel good about it, he wouldn’t be here,” says Gibbons via a tweet from John Lott.
It’s not all bad, though. Brendan Kennedy tweets a pic of the Red Sox lineup, which tonight doesn’t include David Ortiz. An actual break for the Jays!
More good news, as Barry Davis tweets that the roof, which was being tested yesterday and today, will remain open for tonight’s game!
MacArthur also tweets that he figures tonight’s tilt against the Red Sox is a big one for the Jays, marking the difference between an actual series win and having lost four of six at home to the division leaders al-fucking-ready.
Barry Davis tells us that the Red Sox have hit 14 home runs at Fenway… and 16 at Rogers Centre.
John Lott tweets a link to his post-game piece from last night at the National Post, in which Mark Buehrle said, “I feel I’m right there, a few pitches away from having a quality start.” Let’s fucking hope so.
Toronto Blue Jays
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)
J.A. Happ LHP
Boston Red Sox
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
LF Jonny Gomes (R)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH Mike Napoli (R)
RF Daniel Nava (S)
3B Will Middlebrooks (R)
1B Mike Carp (L)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
C David Ross (R)
Ryan Dempster RHP