The Jays face the Red Sox, and R.A. Dickey squares off with Clay Buchholz, for the second time in less than a week, but in a wholly different atmosphere. No, not just because this one goes at Fenway, but because the Red Sox are increasingly being rumoured to be in sell mode — most notably when it comes to free-agent-to-be Jon Lester, who the Sox are being “hit hard on” (along with John Lackey), according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, who also indicated that other teams in the AL East are involved.

Meanwhile, we have a trade!

Around 6:30 PM ET, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News noted that Erik Kratz had been pulled from the Bisons’ lineup, with no reason given. Twenty minutes later, Shi Davidi tweeted that Liam Hendriks had been dealt to the Royals, then not long afterwards, Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan told us that both Kratz and Hendriks are bound for Kansas City, with no word yet on what the return will be (though the early money seems to be on a bullpen piece of some order).

Ben Nicholson-Smith adds that Kratz is expected to contribute in the big leagues for the Royals, so they like him to at least some extent. So… we’ll see.

I’ll update this post as soon as we learn anything new.

Oh yeah, and baseball!


It’s 3B Danny Valencia who will come the Jays’ way in this deal. Full post upcoming!



Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 PM ET @ Boston

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And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
C Josh Thole (L)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
RF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Boston Red Sox

CF Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Daniel Nava (S)
RF Shane Victorino (R)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
3B Xander Bogaerts (R)
C David Ross (R)

RHP Clay Buchholz

Comments (529)

  1. Piling on. Loving it.

  2. Howarth and Siddall discussing Hutch’s inning count concern. This isn’t discussed enough.

  3. 14-1.

  4. Especially with these long breaks between half innings, I think you’ll see some garbage-time innings put on a reliever. This would have been a perfect night for Rogers actually

  5. And…JP knocks in 2 runs, to put Texas ahead of the yankees 4-2.
    Yay JP.

  6. Haha cibia

  7. JP Strikethreebea delivering.

  8. Thank you JP

  9. All right JPA! My run-producing hero!!!

  10. They should screw up Zaun’s mic more often. Excellent…

  11. I like Zaun a lot better when they leave his mic off.

  12. tabby ” good change up, curve ball, slider from Rasmus”.

  13. Awesome outing by Dickey.

  14. So good, so good!

  15. Seeing Rasmussen in makes me think that AA turned Brad Lincoln from last year’s roster into him and Valencia. That’s a nice piece of business.

  16. SOSH is lighting it up tonight

    “I would DFA this fat piece of shit right after the inning is over”

    Red Sox Fan.

  17. Does Valencia now make someone else an expendable piece for a trade?

  18. Does JBau put a cherry on top or is everyone full?

  19. Did Valencia attend the U?
    If so, I’m obligated to like him. Not necessary like like him but still like him.

  20. I wonder how many kids that are handed balls in the stands pay it forward when they’re older

    • I’ll bet a bunch of them become selfish pricks.

      • I remember Catalanatto throwing me his batting gloves on closing day and some kid snatching them out of my hands and running away. Frank gave me a ‘shit, what can ya do’ shrug.
        This kid never did seem very disabled but had been spotted having dinner with everyone from Ron Gardenhire to Brian Leech.

  21. It would be great if Farrell has a few more crappy seasons and gets this message…


  22. Rays won again.

  23. Has Boston completely turned on Farrell yet?

  24. WOOO!

  25. This win combined with the pitter patter of rain one the roof shoukd mean a great nights sleep

  26. I love this comment in just the first inning. I’ll bet the guy is dead now:

    “It’s a consistent horror show.”

  27. No. That happens on Wednesday after we sweep.

  28. On the radio, it sure sounded like the end of a Jays win at the Dome, instead of at Fenway…sweet!

  29. I doing it. I’m putting it on 590.

    • Let us know when someone calls to complain about the trade

      • This is for “ARGOS”
        By allmeans , take numero huits advice and see a labour lawyer once you get the severance offer. If nothing else, you can satisfy yourself, via someone working for you, that the offer is reasonable-worth the $$$
        FWIW, I was fired from Burns Fry back in 94 by car phone while I was on vacation in California. Bunch of douchebags after they had told us there w/b no firings right away after the merger (HA!) with Nesbitt. That was the second time I ahd gotten the “royal toe” and why to this day don’t believe much of what management says in any corporation.Mostly lying, misdirecting, psychopaths for the most part, the same personality traits we see in most politicians-fuk em all my friend and stay thirsty

        • For the record, I did not advise ARGOS to get a lawyer, I suggested that if he was going to get a lawyer, he should stop posting.

          It appears as though that conversation has since been sanitized, perhaps rightfully so.

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