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GameThread for Game #148: Red Sox @ Blue Jays

Russell Martin and R.A. Dickey getting back together again
Russell Martin and R.A. Dickey getting back together again
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After an unfortunate incidence of premature publication of the GameThread earlier this afternoon, we cleaned up, waited a couple hours and now are finally ready for the properly-timed thread for this afternoon’s live game chatting.

The Blue Jays (85-62) will be calling on knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to face the Red Sox (69-77) in the second game of the three-game series. After having specialist Josh Thole catch his recent starts, Russell Martin gets the call again today in order to get the battery charged up for the postseason (as Thole will not be carried on the roster). The Jays lineup, which includes Chris Colabello at first base today, will be facing Wade Miley. Scott C. previewed the 148th game of the season here.

Today's Lineups

Mookie Betts - RF Ben Revere - LF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Xander Bogaerts - SS Jose Bautista - RF
David Ortiz - DH Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Travis Shaw - 1B Chris Colabello - 1B
Rusney Castillo - LF Russell Martin - C
Brock Holt - 3B Kevin Pillar - CF
Blake Swihart - C Ryan Goins - SS
Jackie Bradley - CF Cleese Pennington - 2B
Wade Miley - LHP R.A. Dickey - RHP


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TL;DR, Mostly don't be terrible (it seems like a small thing to ask). No arguing with the Mods, you have a problem, email Tom, but in the thread, let's not debate rules.

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