Papi is back and so am I
While David Ortiz rested the last few days, I was in a blog-free zone. Sorry about that, and I don’t have any excuses. But I’m back to blog away, starting tonight. And Ortiz is back in the lineup.
I’m here at the Jake by the Lake. I think Oil Can Boyd would agree that it’s a nice ballpark on the ocean. That was one of my favorite quotes ever. It came after the Red Sox and Indians had the majority of their game fogged out in 1986 at cavernous Municipal Stadium. Boyd said, "That’s what happens when you build a ballpark on the ocean." Classic.
It’s a little cloudy here, but not too foggy. We might get a shower or two, but this, too, shall pass. 6 p.m. update: The rain is gone, replaced by sun. The tarp is off the field. Play ball.
Coming on the heels of a terrific, 1-0 game last night, there’s another good pitching matchup on tap here tonight. Beckett against Carmona. This game is obviously huge for the Indians as they don’t want to lose a third in the row to the Sox.
And this just in: Joel Pineiro has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, foregoing his right to test free agent waters. Interesting. Obviously there wasn’t a lot of interest out there from other teams for old Joel. Pineiro actually is starting for Pawtucket today, and the Red Sox will help him build himself back up as a starter. I doubt you’ll see him start in Boston, but it might help him latch on somewhere else.
Here is tonight’s lineup: