Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

After a fantastic performance last night from Esmil Rogers, the Jays have a half-decent to put themselves in the drivers seat tonight, with a possibly resurgent Mark Buehrle on the hill, taking on Justin Grimm. The Jays got to Grimm for four third-inning runs last Sunday, but their bullpen couldn’t hold the lead after Josh Johnson turned it over to them following just five innings of work.

Speaking of Sunday, Johnson left that start with a blister, which apparently is still bothering him, as the Jays have rearranged their rotation to accommodate it. Scott MacArthur of TSN was the first in my feed to tweet that Johnson has been pushed back to Monday, with Chien-Ming Wang now set to pitch on regular rest on Sunday, with R.A. Dickey going tomorrow.

Tonight, though, it’s Buehrle and the joke stadium– but also Justin Grimm and the joke stadium, and a few hot hitters in the middle of the Jays order. Why not us?


Speaking of Scott MacArthur, great stuff at, as he speaks with Chad Mottola, who is taking it slow with the horrifically slumping J.P. Arencibia– and trying to turn the negative of his current performance into a positive. “When you have fear in this game it tends to get really fast and you are 0-2 every time,” he says. “Then when you start seeing some pitches, recognizing them out of hand instead of just hoping, then we’re starting to go down the right path. That’s kind of where we’re at now. I think he’s kind of hit rock bottom and seeing the results and saying ‘Okay, I’m ready’ type thing and that’s when it’s easier as a coach.”

For some reason, according to an official tweet from the Seattle Mariners, that club has D’d Kelly Shoppach FA in order to sign Henry Blanco. OK then.

Tonnes of injury updates via Gregor Chisholm: Drew Hutchison threw live BP today and will throw a simulated game Monday. Sergio Santos threw long toss and will throw a side session either Wednesday or Thursday of next week. In addition to the sim game, Jose Reyes did some sliding drills today, and could play a rehab game for Dunedin on Monday. Brandon Morrow threw 40 pitches today and is scheduled to pitch in a game again on Monday. John Gibbons says Morrow will need at least two rehab starts, and that Reyes could be two weeks away still. Kyle Drabek is due to pitch two innings of an intra-squad game next week, as he recovers from Tommy John. Brett Lawrie is out of his walking boot (though other tweets were saying he’s almost out, I’m pretty sure), though there’s still no timetable for his return.

Regarding Josh Johnson, Gregor adds that John Gibbons says that the club just wants to give the blister time to heal, and with the rain out on Wednesday they could do it without asking anybody to pitch on short rest.

Lastly, Chris Toman notes that Ricky Romero had his best outing of the year today, at the time of his tweet, having thrown six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and three walks.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd 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

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Esmil Rogers

Texas Rangers

2B Jurickson Profar (S)
SS Elvis Andrus (R)
DH Lance Berkman (S)
3B Adrian Beltre (R)
RF Nelson Cruz (R)
C Geovanny Soto (R)
1B Chris McGuiness (L)
CF Craig Gentry (R)
LF Leonys Martin (L)

RHP Justin Grimm

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