Wow, those BoSox boys are lucky as blazes to be in Minnesota today.. what a fantastically gorgeous day to play baseball!! I’m really jealous of my friends who are enjoying that beautiful view in Target Field tonight.
That being said, there is some interesting news for the pregame tonight.
A) Ben Revere is on the way to Minnesota to fill in for Willy who will leave for paternity leave tomorrow for the birth of his 3rd son. Our sincerest congratulations to Josh & his family! The maximum paternity leave is 3 days so Willy will be back sooner rather than later.
B) This will be Blackburn’s return after a long rest.. Whether he’s ready or not seems to be somewhat under debate since he’s on a limited pitch count. I was called “negative” for pointing out that given his history when in long rest situations, he’ll likely overthrow the first 30 pitches or so which means his sinker won’t sink – which also means to me that he’ll only start getting comfortable right about the time they are going to start looking to pull him out. Oh well, let’s just hope that it’s a good outing because our bullpen could sure use it.
I’m hoping for a better game than last night – or at least a better ending.
|Aviles, SS||Span, CF|
|Sweeney, RF||Carroll, SS|
|Pedroia, 2B||Mauer, 1B|
|Gonzalez, Ad, 1B||Willingham, LF|
|Ortiz, DH||Morneau, DH|
|Youkilis, 3B||Doumit, C|
|Ross, C, LF||Valencia, 3B|
|Byrd, CF||Parmelee, RF|
|Shoppach, C||Plouffe, 2B|
|Beckett, P||Blackburn, P|
I didn’t see or listen to any of the game… and I’m really glad.
It seems this team has some pitching issues… who knew? (OK… we ALL knew.)
By the way, have I mentioned what a GREAT idea it wasn’t to make sure we got this start out of Blackburn, even though it cost the Twins Luke Hughes to get those 3 innings? Oh yeah… I have. – JC