Game 43: Toronto at Boston pregame

There was an interesting item in this morning’s Boston Globe in relation to Toronto left-hander Brian Tallet. It explained why Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell sprinted from second base in the second inning, allowing him to score on a single from Jeff Bailey:

At the plate with two strikes, Bailey saw Lowell creeping off second as Brian Tallet stood on the mound. Watching video alone, Lowell had noticed that Tallet “no-looks” with runners who typically don’t steal bases on second – he comes to set and pitches without checking the runner. Lowell saw his moment, and he bolted.

Tallet said he heard what was written in the Globe and the pitcher’s response was this:

“That’s not completely accurate,” Tallet said. “If I make the pitch, it doesn’t matter. If I make the pitch and get a fly ball or a grounder, then he has to retreat. But, if that was the case, it’s easy to fix — just look again.”

The Sox got two runs in that inning and that wound up being enough with how well Tim Wakefield’s knuckler was working. When Aaron Hill walked by us today, one Toronto scribe cracked: “I can’t believe you can’t hit that guy.”

“I know, right?” Hill said, rolling his eyes. “I was talking to some of my friends about that. He’s one of those guys that I wish my friends could step up to the plate and face — like Mariano Rivera and his cutter. I wish they could step up there so they could see how that thing is tip-toeing to the plate.”

And, as Hill said this, yes, he tip-toed away from us.

A nice moment from this afternoon: After breaking a bat, Travis Snider headed back to the dugout to retrieve a new strip of lumber. As fans yelled, “Snider!” and “Hey, Future!”, he spotted a young fan in the first row. Snider tossed his bat to the kid, who couldn’t stop smiling. Later, when Snider returned, the young boy yelled “Thank you!” and Snider went back over and autographed the bat. The boy’s father tried to hold the bat for a second, but the kid wasn’t about to let it go.

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (27-15)

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Travis Snider, LF

Starter: LHP Brett Cecil (2-0)

RedSox.gifBOSTON RED SOX (23-16)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Rocco Baldelli, RF
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Julio Lugo, SS

Starter: RHP Brad Penny (3-1)

~JB

6 Comments

Class move by Snider. Hope that he is converting some young fans our side … Big test for Cecil tonight!
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Very classy move by Snider!

Julia
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Tough loss, last night, but the Yankees and Sox have run out some very good pitching against us. It just goes to show that when you are at the top, the other guys bring their best game. Oh, well, it’s a long season, and our rotation is as thin as it is going to get right now.

Cecil’s 5 dingers last night match a team record held by Pat Hentgen, who did it twice. We all know he didn’t do much!

Snider is a class act and a very talented young man!

As for last night’s game, Cecil performed poorly in AAA Las Vegas to start the season. Once called up, Cecil briefly benefited from his first-time-around-the-league status. Cecil also faced much weaker opponents than those in the AL East which is arguably the toughest division in MLB. While Janssen is a proven ML pitcher, Cecil needs to refine his skills back in AAA. Janssen who is a ground ball pitcher and has posted a combined 0.76 ERA in his rehab outings to date with more than 3 times as many K’s (17) as BB’s (5) was assigned today to AAA Las Vegas from AA New Hampshire. What is JP Ricciardi thinking???? Toronto is playing in Boston and that’s a short car ride from Manchester, NH. After 2 consecutive losses to Boston, shouldn’t Janssen have been called up to the Major Leagues already instead of being shipped off to the other side of the country to languish in AAA????

Snider is a class act and a talented young man!

Cecil performed poorly in AAA Las Vegas to start the season. Once called up, Cecil briefly benefited from his first-time-around-the-league status. Cecil also faced much weaker opponents than those in the AL East which is arguably the toughest division in MLB. While Janssen is a proven ML pitcher, Cecil needs to refine his skills back in AAA. Janssen who is a ground ball pitcher and has posted a combined 0.76 ERA in his rehab outings to date with more than 3 times as many K’s (17) as BB’s (5) was assigned today to AAA Las Vegas from AA New Hampshire. What is JP Ricciardi thinking???? Toronto is playing in Boston and that’s a short car ride from Manchester, NH. After 2 consecutive losses to Boston, shouldn’t Janssen have been called up to the Major Leagues already instead of being shipped off to the other side of the country to languish in AAA????

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