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I Sleep, I Wake, I Try Hard Not to Break: 6/18 Game Thread, Red Sox at Jays

So yesterday was not so much fun to watch. The Jays couldn't put anything together against Clay Buchholz, and Ricky Romero had a shaky outing. The bullpen was very good, though if they keep getting asked to work 4 2/3 innings every game, that won't last.

Marc Rzepczynski takes the mound for the Jays this afternoon, and he looks to put together another strong start. Zep has done a nice job in his two starts with 12 Ks, 7 walks, and one home run over 12 innings, but he's still looking for his first win thanks to our inept offense. Keith Law has said that he thinks the lefty is destined for a relief role, but he has had a very good season in the minors this year and certainly has done a lot of things right over his first two starts. I did think that, watching him live, his arm slot looked a little low from time to time, but it's nothing new for young pitchers to have somewhat inconsistent mechanics. His pitches have great movement so if he can command them, he's going to be tough to beat. That said, Boston certainly won't make it easy on him today. Brad Penny pitches for the BoSox.

In minor league and injury news, as ger pointed out below, Travis Snider hit another home run yesterday and has been making his case recently for a promotion. Vernon Wells is still out with a stomach bug, and Casey Janssen pitched a perfect inning for New Hampshire yesterday, with 2 Ks.

With Wells out of the lineup and Dellucci banged up, the Jays will feature Adam Lind in left field, Kevin Millar at DH, Alex Rios in centre, and Jose Bautista in right. With Bautista pressed into outfield action, Scott Rolen plays the day game after a night game, and Raul Chavez starts for Rod Barajas behind the plate.

Today's title comes from the song "Not Pretty Enough" by the Australian country songstress Kasey Chambers. Nothing to do but hit the new day and try to put some runs on the board and win this series.


Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays

07/18/09 1:07 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Toronto Blue Jays
J.D. Drew - RF Marco Scutaro - SS
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Aaron Hill - 2B
Kevin Youkilis - 1B Adam Lind - LF
David Ortiz - DH Scott Rolen - 3B
Jason Bay - LF Lyle Overbay - 1B
Mike Lowell - 3B Alex Rios - CF
Rocco Baldelli - CF Kevin Millar - DH
Jed Lowrie - SS Jose Bautista - RF
George Kottaras - C Raul Chavez - C