Cito plays weatherman

BOSTON — Running behind here. Funny how that always seems to happen when A: I’ve been off for a few days (I guess I need time to get back into game shape) and B: There’s a rain delay.

You would think rain delays would make life easier on us scribes — maybe we’d be able to bring you the news sooner with all the “down” time. Turns out, it tends to make for a more relaxed atmosphere and makes our time down on the field before the game drag beyond when it normally would.

But, no excuses. I’ll get back to the normal routine from here on out.

Prior to the game, it was cloudy, but not raining. When Jays manager Cito Gaston came out around 4:45 to meet with the media, he had this to say:

“I don’t think we’re going to get a chance to hit. I think about 5:00 or so it should start raining and it’s going to be off and on all night.”

Well, what do ya know? As Cito went on with the interview, and the clock ticked beyond 5, it started to rain and then rain harder and harder and then the tarp came out. This game didn’t get going until 7:46 p.m. (a very lengthy rendition of the Star Spangled Banner added on a minute or two) and it’s now in the third with a steady rain still falling.

But, as Cito also said:

“I don’t think any of us would like to see back-to-back doubleheaders.”

Therein lies the issue. This game probably wouldn’t be played tonight in the current conditions, but for the fact that Toronto and Boston engage in a double dip tomorrow. A rainout tonight would’ve likely meant another double on Sunday. They’ll do all they can to get five in tonight to make this official.

No big news from pregame. Rios is swinging a hot bat. Cito doesn’t see why Snider can’t make the Opening Day squad next year. And Ryan and Downs could use a day off or two, but Cito plans on sticking with his best guys while the club is still on this run, so those two will continue to see their innings, if needed.

Now, for your belated “pregame” lineups:

Today’s lineups:

TORONTO (79-67) at BOSTON (85-60)
at 7:46 p.m. ET at Fenway Park

Marco Scutaro, 2B
Brad Wilkerson, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Kevin Mench, DH
Rod Barajas, C
Scott Rolen, 3B
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: LHP David Purcey (3-5, 5.23)

Coco Crisp, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Mark Kotsay, RF
Jed Lowrie, SS
Kevin Cash, C

PITCHING: RHP Tim Wakefield (8-10, 4.11)


There are 6 games postponed due to rain yet this game is being played , its a travesty and a farce . Players slipping on the field , batters falling in the batter’s box, they are risking injury to all the players in this game and its irresponsible .

The mlb said they had to play this game before the mlb doesn’t want back to back double headers or something.

When a guy like Wakefield hasn’t given up a walk through 8 innings, you know he has got something going for him. Lets hope they can put something together in this last inning…

MLB cares not for the only Canadian team this game should not have been played Wakefields knukleball will dance a lot more in the rain.The Jays can’t win the wildcard it was just a dream.

I have to admit that I was kinda disappointed when I saw that Mench and Wilkerson were playing and not Snider and Lind..In the end, it was just a game played under horrible conditions, and it played to Bostons advantage as they had a knuckleballer pitching..hopefully the Jays can take the next three and gain some ground in the Wild Card chase!

I’m not surprised Cito kept Snider and Lind on the bench for Wakefiled. A knuckler can seriously screw up a young hitters swing, so I think that was the right decision.

I think we just got the short end of the draw on this one. Conditions were horrible leading to Wakefield’s knuckler being harder to hit and yet no one wanted to pospone the game and play double headers back to back.

However, if we take the next 3 and the 3 here with Boston, we still have a shot, albeit a more difficult one each day.

you can’t blame it all on the rain,boston hit,and the jays didn’t.wakefield is the best knuckleballer in the last 10 years,which he was ours to watch him more,i love the knuckleball.anyone know of any minor-leaguers coming up that hrow it?

Hey guys the Sox have put a jinx on us they did the same thing to the Rays the call them the DEVILRAYS DEVILRAYS DEVILRAYS. And us the DEVILJAYS DEVILJAYS DEVILJAYS.Now you have to say it three times,So let’s give it back to them,The only way to break the jinx is to say the DEVILSOX DEVILSOX DEVILSOX.NOW YOU HAVE TO SAY IT EVERY TIME YOU USE THERE NAME.did you all hear me.

Two dumb base running mistakes in a row.A triple of the green monster give me a break.Now lets kick some but against the DEVILSOX DEVILSOX DEVILSOX LET’S GO CLAP CLAP CLAP.

Now we can see what the right lineup can do.GO JAYS,CLAP CLAP CLAP.WE NEED SUPPORT HERE.

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