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.

Scuttlebutt

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 theScore.com. 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. But hey, on the bright side, they only, ONLY, struck out 5 times. That’s progress.

  2. I miss the old days when they would wait until after the all star game to crush our hopes

  3. Lord, even when something goes right for the Jays, something goes wrong. Ramon Ortiz (against all odds) gets through five innings of one-run baseball….but then the bullpen puts it out of reach and the lineup does next to nothing.

    • If what they did was next to nothing…what the fuck is you definition of nothing? Not even showing up to the stadium? The entire team combined for one more baserunner than I did..and Im a pitcher…FOR THE OTHER FUCKING TEAM

  4. All I wanna do is zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
    And a poom, poom
    (Just shake ya rump)

  5. Whatever Stoeten says, bet the opposite.

    What a moron.

    How them Orioles doin?

    • @Sef, Stoeten did acknowledge in late August 2012 that the Orioles were playing well.

      Orioles have a good team built by a former Expos GM.

    • Baltimore seemed to fluke their way through most of last year, but played legitimately well in August and Sept. This year they seem to be a genuinely good team. I’m not sure how it happened because they were terrible for so long and it didn’t seem there was light at the end of their tunnel.

      Oh and Minnesota blew a 6-0 lead to lose to them last night.

      Goes to show you how quick things can turn.

      • Their lineup’s strong, especially with the emergence of Machado. Jones-Wieters-Machado-McLouth-Davis is a pretty decent core. What surprises me is how the pitching is holding up. I guess the lineup and bullpen is making up for it. I still don’t think it’s a division winning team but they’re strong and can win games.

  6. Last night I dreamed that Kawasaki hit a three run homer off Verlander.

  7. So after last night’s loss & the injury to Rajai Davis, what does AA do next?

    Give more playing time to Bonafacio? Bring up Sierra, Gose?

    AA likes relievers, so maybe he he will bring up another reliever.

    If Morrow goes on the DL, who would AA bring up?

    I wonder if pitchers who are free agents would be reluctant to come to the Jays in 2014 due to the alarming amount of injuries to the pitching staff in 2013 & 2014.

    • So your crystal ball has told you there will be an alarming number of pitching injuries in 2014 has it? What else has it said? Do tell. ;)

      • @Tom.

        I don’t have a crystal ball & neither do you. It just seems “odd” as Stoeten would say that for the second year in a row, virtually every member of the starting rotation is hurt .

        Is it bad luck? Poor conditioning? ,

        This year, the rotation did acquire Josh Johnson , who does have a history of getting hurt. Morrow usually gets hurt as well. Romero’s performance is mysterious.

        • My point is none of us can talk about 2014 with any authority because it’s in the future. Who knows maybe the injury bug won’t be as devastating next year. Everybody gets injuries though. Just gotta fight through ‘em.

  8. This site would be more fun if Stoeten ranted with us instead of against us. We’re beyond hope.. now we’re just mad.

    • There is a new blue jays message board set up in the last few weeks.

      The posters are pretty god.

      I think Stoeten has been very reasonable in the podcasts. Earlier in the season he acknowledged that the Jays were not playing well.

      As for the injuries, it just seems that almost every good player is getting hurt. If the Jays were playing better, then each injury report wouldn’t matter as much.

      The problem is that not only is the team playing poorly, but it seems the entire starting rotation will be on the DL except Buerhle.

      Jays had best offseason in 20 years & probably one of the most disappointing years since April 2nd.

      Sad to say, but we were better off when we could excited about prospect X making his first start. Hutch, Drabek, etc… Lawrie watch in 2011 was fun.

    • @ South, a few years ago, during Euro Cup or World Cup Soccer, the game day threads weren’t updated for days. However, with the new daily content it’s a lot more work for Stoeten & his assistants.

      The return of Jose Reyes should be fun if it happens around the all star break.

      I do wonder if there will be another review of the training staff at the end of this year.

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