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:
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)