ALCS Game 3 pregame

DoorsCLEVELAND — During one of my trips to Cleveland during the regular season, I made a point of heading over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I could’ve spent the whole visit poring over the display case for the Grunge Era. They also had a special exhibit on The Clash at the time, which was pretty sweet.

Right now, the special exhibit on display is on The Doors, which I may go take a look at some time this week — possibly tomorrow. I wrote in this week’s Jays mailbag, track 10 on the Doors’ 1970 album "Morrison Hotel" is the song "Indian summer." Fitting, considering I’m here at the Jake to cover the Indians prolonged summer.

I didn’t blog yesterday due to my utter lack of sleep and energy. Along with most of the other writers, I was at Fenway Park on Saturday night well beyong 3 am and I had an early flight to catch to Cleveland. An hour of sleep and it was off to the airport and then to the ballpark to get right back to work. I nearly didn’t get here either.

My flight was going through Laguardia in New York — all the directs were sold out — and when I got there, they told me I didn’t have a seat. Nice. Shortly before they started boarding, though, I was able to get on. Crisis averted. Both in Boston and in New York, the gates directly next to the one I was at had flights going back to Toronto. God certainly has a sense of humor.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Ws07_alcs_2Boston (1-1) at Cleveland (1-1)
at 7:10 p.m. ET at Jacobs Field

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Varitek, C
Coco Crisp, CF
Julio Lugo, SS

PITCHING: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka

Grady Sizemore, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
Travis Hafner, DH
Victor Martinez, C
Ryan Garko, 1B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Kenny Lofton, LF
Trot Nixon, RF
Casey Blake, 3B

PITCHING: RHP Jake Westbrook

BUGS: None in sight, yet.

QUOTE: "Hey, Canada’s here." — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, upon seeing Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star during Monday’s press conference




    I want to thank you for your quality postings on this blog. Of all the MLB blogs, this one is the best.

    Could you find out the current status of Robinson Diaz? The Jays had earlier stated he was going to the Arizona fall league.

    Well, play has started and he’s no where to be found on the Scottsdale Scorpion’s roster. Is he still recovering?


    Anyone else watching Mike Timlin pitch for the Sox get shivers thinking about the ’92 World Series?

    And who would have thought back then that he’d have such a successful career?


    Yes, Timlim is amazing. At 41 still going strong.

    He has been one consistent performer over the years.


    How about those rockies? If Cleveland and Boston go to 7 games, the Rockies will definatly have an advantage.

    Both Boston and Cleveland will pitch their 1+2 guys in games 6+7, which means they won’t be available for the start of the series.

    Colorado won’t have that problem.


    A crazy series win by the Rockies — aside from Holliday and Hawpe, their offense was pretty sub-par. Their pitching, on the other hand, was outstanding.

    Arizona, for their part, seemed to roll over and die. Maybe their young lineup finally got a case of the playoff jitters?


    Actually gsumner Beckett and Sabathia will be on the hill for game 5 in the A.L.C.S. and that means they would pitch game 2 of the World Series.

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