Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

The last time Ramon Ortiz made a start in Fenway Park his team lost 9-3 and he gave up seven earned runs on seven hits, one walk, and three home runs. But hey, that was back in 2003, so I’m sure he’ll be much better this time around!

Yes, Ortiz last started a game in Fenway before the Curse of the Bambino had been curbstomped, and before Kevin Youkilis had played in the Majors. His opponent on the hill that day for Grady Little’s Red Sox was John Burkett. At DH for the Angels was Shawn Wooten, and at first base was Robb Quinlan. David Ortiz hit two home runs, so… I guess some things have stayed the same, at least.

Probably will keep on staying the same, too, if ya home run what I’m suggesting David Ortiz will do.


No, seriously. Ramon Ortiz is starting tonight, in the year in May of 2013, for the team I made a World Series trophy-hoisting photoshop of back on Opening Day. Hahahahahahahahaha!!! … Fuck me.

Barry Davis tweets that Brandon Morrow isn’t with the club in Boston yet. He stayed behind in Florida to have more tests done on his back. The Jays are optimistic that he’ll be able to pitch Sunday, but they won’t know for sure until then. Other options being looked at, Davis– who points out that the spasms started in Morrow’s back and worked their way up to his neck– adds, are Claudio Vargas and Dave Bush. Just… terrific.

Another one from Davis, as he tweets that he spoke to J.P. Arencibia and the catcher says that his right hand, which was hit by a pitch last night in Tampa, is fine. He’s in the lineup tonight.

Mike Wilner notes that Ricky Romero will make his Buffalo debut tomorrow night in Louisville.

Parkes takes a look at just what the fuck is wrong with R.A. Dickey in the first of his weekly Ten Stray Thoughts On A Friday over at Getting Blanked.

Lastly, Ben Nicholson-Smith recaps Paul Beeston’s appearance on Baseball Central today over at Sportsnet, complete with video of the segment. So, if you like smoke being blown up your ass, there ya go. [Note: it will probably feel better than watching Ramon Ortiz try to get through this lineup in this ballpark.]

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

DH Rajai Davis (R)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
2B Mark DeRosa (R)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)

Ramon Ortiz RHP

Boston Red Sox

CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
RF Shane Victorino (S)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Daniel Nava (S)
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S)
3B Will Middlebrooks (R)
SS Stephen Drew (L)

Jon Lester LHP

Comments (240)

  1. Well… Uh… I’ll certainly be watching Toronto at Boston tonight

  2. Toronto’s season coming to an end.

  3. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut now and then.

    Let’s go Ortiz!

  4. Maybe we should send the boys out in Twins uniforms.

    • Careful – that might give me…feelings…

      • Lol… After the first two batters Ortiz has faced, I’m getting some feelings and they’re not good.

        • Scoreless game though! Still! Woo!

          Suffice to say the feeling that Ramon Ortiz facing the Red Sox gives me is quite different than the Twins…

  5. Well, there’s a big ol’ party across the street. And as much as I’d like to watch Lester vs. Ramon Ortiz I think the Jays have about as good a chance of winning as Christy Clark does.

    I’m with you guys in spirit, I’ll crack my first beer now and hope for a miracle. Cheers!

  6. Go Jays!

  7. Zaun complained about Lind not starting against LHP even though he’s being left in to face LHP late in games. Lind has a grand total of 2 at-bats vs LHP this season.

  8. Do the Blue Jays players get fined if they swing early in the count instead of showing a modicum of patience?

  9. No hitter baby

  10. Awesome, Ramon Ortiz is a little older than me.

  11. Man he’s mixing it up real good

  12. 2 – 2 count baby. payoff pitch

  13. man that was bad luck BABIP

  14. I can’t believe I’m watching Ramon Ortiz start a game for the jays.

  15. I know, he’s a diamond in the rough.

    This ump is terrible

  16. Its crazy, Boston announcers indicate that only 3 red sox have ever faced him. Crazy

  17. that was an awesome strike 2 pitch on Ortiz

  18. Nice…

  19. Okay, I realize that tonight will probably not end well for Blue Jays. But man, oh man, just think about this. If Jays manage to win how fucking demoralizing it would be for Boston!

    Last night was brutual, but that series in Tampa was awesome. Felt like a playoff series, high stakes. This will get better

    • Boston is scuffling right now. Had to be pretty demoralizing to be beaten by the Twins. And to have the Yankees @ the top of the heap.

      So maybe the Blue Jays are running into them @ just the right time?

  20. Colonel Walter E. Kurtz:

    “I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream. That’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor … and surviving.”

    I know just how he felt.

  21. What’s with all these first pitch swings for BJs? Feels like they’ve over-interpreted some scouting report.

    Come on JP

  22. After Ortiz’s start, I think I’m going rent Brewsters Million with Richard Pryor.

  23. Two of those pitches were balls. We need roboumps. Mankind just cannot be trusted with so much judgement

  24. The horror! The horror!

  25. Come on. You need to give Ortiz a break.

  26. If they get out of this with only one run, I’ll be very impressed

  27. Edwin really thinks on his feet at 1st.

    As soon as he bobbled he knew what he had to do.

  28. So is this a 5 or 6 out inning for Ortiz?

  29. Nicely done, Ortiz.

  30. Every minute Ortiz squats in the bush, he gets stronger.

  31. Way to work the count colby

  32. Another good AB vs. a LHP.

  33. holy fuck ]P. Hold the glove for a split second on borderline calls, let the ump see it. Dnt just stab at it and get rid of it the zecond u get it like its a hot potato.

  34. Yep, you throw over that many times, one ball is going to get by

  35. Bend but not break defense.

  36. Ramon, you’re golden.

  37. Anyone else feel like this game is already over?

  38. Ortiz is a crafty old bastard.

  39. Garbage team

    • ok that’s it … it’s not the players, or the manager or the GM or Rogers

      It’s the FANS (except for those on the boat)

  40. Fuck it. Time to put on the fishing channel and watch rednecks spit into a lake.

    • Squawk. Things are going quite swimmingly.

      Don’t get out of the boat unless you’re ready to walk on water.

    • C’mon Parrot, stay on the boat. It’s still only 1-0.

    • Calm down, you hosers. Ortiz has not been good, but not horrible either. As a spot starter I can live with it. One run through 4.

      • One run through 5. Horrible WHIP. Perfectly happy with this start. Now the offense needs to do its work.

      • Honestly, the best we can hope for is to get six innings out of him so not to tax the bullpen. I am impressed with how animated he is though, shows he cares. This team got heart

  41. Sweet!

  42. Time to follow that appetizer with a chicken wing.

  43. If they Jays gets shut out 1 – 0 I will kill myself.

  44. @SoberJaysFan, dude, sounds like a call for help to me. WTF are you so non-shalant about it? You buddy, if you need to talk call the help line

  45. ok this is all you couldve hoped for from Ortiz. Cecil should be brought in now.

    Stop trying to squeeze blood from the stone.

  46. Hey Spud!

    Still having that dream?

  47. Time for Lester’s arm to fall off.

  48. Fuck man! that at least five 3-2 counts for Cleatus in the past 2 nights.

  49. Thank fuck we got rid of that. Now lets focus on winning this game.


  51. Now we need to put one on the board….

  52. I hate the fucking Sox even more than the Yankees.

  53. Why would Gibbons PH for Davis with a lefty???

  54. FRUCK!

  55. Jesus H Christ! Why didn’t Gibbons put his mother in there instead. Woulda had a better chance at contact with her!

  56. Commentators take away another perfect game. Finally Buck and Pat work for the jays and not the opposition.

  57. PH Lind of all people against a tough lefty? Yikes

  58. Nice job JPA and EE.

  59. I feel so much more comfortable with Cecil in.

  60. I have to say, Ortiz is pitching a perfect game of his own.

  61. Just want to point out that Ortiz–who many of you spent all day dissing–turned in a solid performance and it’s not his fault the Jays are a run down. I was distracted and didn’t notice the scoring on that but it should have been an error on the short-stop and an unearned run.

  62. Lets go EE.

    Get them washing your balls instead of Lester’s.

  63. Am I the only one fixating on the girl in the yellow behind home plate?

  64. Ramon Ortiz. 2013 Cy Young Award right there. I don’t care about any other metric / stat than that game. Hell, induct him in the hall.

  65. Why do they always clang off of JP?

  66. If Cecil can wriggle off the hook, the Jays have to storm back for the win.

  67. What are you feeling at this particular moment, bean?

    • I won’t lie…I’ve got some feelings…but they aren’t for the Blue Jays tonight, sadly.

      A bit peeved @ my favourite jerk-nerd Cecil for kinda reeking the place up.

      Thanks much for asking though!

  68. Ummmm so who the fuck is Mickey Storey and why is he pitching for the Blue Jays???

    • I couldn’t get down to Boston in time, so they went with the other pitcher on my team. How do you like his windmill?

      • I loved it until he gave up a 400 foot line drive…if you would’ve told me I’d be feeling this shitty watching a Jays game in mid-May 2 months ago I would have arrogantly chuckled…now I just bow my head in shame…

  69. Daniel fucking Nava, ladies and gentlemen.

  70. Fuck me, I didn’t even get time to figure out how he spells his name before I no longer care.

  71. Should AA call up Mike Mccoy to sure up the bullpen?

  72. Those Massholes sure are having some fun.

  73. So Storey, pretty good versus lefties?

  74. Is Gibby trying to lose this game.

  75. When is this complete fucking of clusters going to stop?

  76. Brett Lawrie–Born under a bad moon.

  77. The Jays BABIP tonight sucks ass.

  78. Really not a good team.

  79. It’ll happen. Miracles do. The Leafs just won their game against the Bruins. Have faith.

    • Isabella, your knew-found attitude is entirely refreshing.

      Did you start imbibing again?

      • No, unfortunately I’m allergic to alcohol. I just got sick of bitching and whining. AA did what he thought was right and we all agreed at the time. Then we got over-excited hearing that we were WS favourites for the first time in years and years and years. Then everything went to shit and the screaming started. I was one of the screamers. There’s just no point in any more hair-tearing. It’s tiresome. That’s not to say I won’t get a good rant off every now and then. I didn’t enjoy watching our hitters paralyzed by Lester. But at some point they’ll be watchable and maybe even good. One thing on our side (and it’s only one thing) is that right about the time that everyone else’s players are going down, we’ve got a few of our own coming off the dl. Drabek and Hutchinson will be back. Johnson will be back at some point. Santos may be back. Reyes will be back. And Reyes is signed I believe, so he’ll be around for a while…

  80. I’d just like to thank Maicer Izturis for fucking up squarehead’s perfecto.

  81. Fucking Jon Lester?

    Once again, Jays making another shit pitcher look like Cy Fucking Young.

    • Lester is a good pitcher, but the fact that theyve seen him so much yet cant make the adjustment is an indictment to how poor a job the hitters and mottola are doing.

      • Lester was pretty ‘meh’ last year.

        They seemed to be trying to pound every ball into the dirt towards 2nd and 3rd. Clearly not an effective strategy.

    • Er, Jon Lester is actually kinda good. In no way does he look like his 2012 self. And the Jays actually did okay last time they saw him.

      It’s not Philip Humber we’re talking about here.

  82. Please Jobu, for all that is good in this world, let the Jays fuck Lester up real good.

  83. Their approach today is fucking retarded. They keep on trying pull lesters cut fastball but theyre just driving it into the ground towards 3rd base. Horrible job hitting today. Luck not a factor at all.

    • with fans like this … TOTALLY negative … people wonder what is wrong with this team … let go of the hate … sports are a wonderful refreshment for life if you allow yourself to enjoy the process rather than be completely results focused (leave that at work)

  84. Looks like Rajai is injured. Will it be Gose or Sierra?

  85. We were owned by those shitbags tonight. Sigh…

  86. How long before Jonathan Sanchez gets picked up?

  87. “I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream. That’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor … and surviving.”

    • finally, an explanation for how to be both famous AND amazing … props and a jolly good woof to ya

    • John Hiatt

      Well, I filling out all the pages of this questionnaire
      But I left out all the details of this affair
      They’ll never get it down on the books
      So they’ll never know how much it took

      I pledge my edge of the razor
      No minor league night in the majors
      Even though we cut up, we can really cut ‘em down
      Though you’re sharper than me, it’s too late to turn around



    • And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill

    • hey guess what?

      you’ve managed to create the worst possible way of evaluating this game.

      sucks to be you.

    • I can’t read this. Larger font, please.

    • I got wood just thinking about 2014′s draft pick.

      • What fun it must be to be you.

        A winter’s day
        In a deep and dark December;
        I am alone,
        Gazing from my window to the streets below
        On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
        I am a rock,
        I am an island.

        I’ve built walls,
        A fortress deep and mighty,
        That none may penetrate.
        I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
        It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
        I am a rock,
        I am an island.

        Don’t talk of love,
        But I’ve heard the words before;
        It’s sleeping in my memory.
        I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
        If I never loved I never would have cried.
        I am a rock,
        I am an island.

        I have my books
        And my poetry to protect me;
        I am shielded in my armor,
        Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
        I touch no one and no one touches me.
        I am a rock,
        I am an island.

        And a rock feels no pain;
        And an island never cries.

  89. I’m beginning to feel physical pain when watching these games…it just has to get better…it has to…

  90. Phew. No hitter avoided. Feels like a playoff win.

  91. Go Leafs Go?

  92. When we get hot we will all get excited again.

  93. I would like to say thanks to the jays for keeping my pitch count down, swinging at balls, and taking strikes. It’s not often you get that kind of help from an opponent. Now we know IM a good pitcher but holy shit, im not THAT good.

    Thanks again..and congrats on exhuming a human body and getting him to only give up one run against my boys. congrats. I mean how bad must Ricky Romero be if Ramone Ortiz can do this?

  94. What the fuck are you guys talkin about??

  95. this is a typical all or nothing offense. Swing for the fences every pitch. So they either bomb a bad pitcher or get easily shut down by a good one.

    They’ve scored 2 runs or less 13 times, 35%, 0-13

    100 losses here we come

  96. Isn’t it great that Staff Ace Ramon Ortiz pitches better than Dickey, Morrow, Buehrle and Johnson! Can’t wait for the Mark Buehrle Left Arm Shittiness American League Tour 2013 to make a stop in Fenway tomorrow. Think he’ll throw all his best stuff? ie “fast”ball right down the middle of the plate?

  97. BlueJays in the night…….against the red sox… one down the drain…..while getting shut out….

  98. Eh, it’s in the bag. They’ll lolli-gag to about a .500 record, and then go 40-10 in the last 50. It’s all about getting hot at the right time, right? As much as I want to believe this, it has been so difficult watching games this year. I wish I wasn’t born in 1977. I wish I didn’t grow up idolizing this team. I wish I didn’t care. But I do.

    Please, can you guys at least play some semi entertaining ball. And maybe get up for a few of these games against the Sox and Yankees. Please. It might be enough to get me through this summer. Thank, disgruntled, but loyal, Fan.

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