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Game 19: April 24, 2007
WinBlue Jays 10 W: Roy Halladay (3-0) 10-10, 2 game winning streak
3-2-2 series record
Red Sox 3 L: Julian Tavarez (0-2) 12-7, 2 game losing streak
4-2-1 series record
Highlights: The Red Sox didn’t ground into any double plays, although that was because there were only five Red Sox baserunners the entire evening. Julio Lugo did try to jump start the team with two steals, however, and one of them led to a run. Tavarez reprized his role as traffic cop; he actually directed two double plays.

This is what happens when you send your stopgap fifth starter out against the staff ace. Jerry and Don weren’t even that funny.

Vernon Wells is an inveterate Red Sox slaughterer. His partner in crime Frank Catalanotto got shipped away, thankfully, but he seems to have a replacement in Aaron Hill. Adam Lind is a much-lauded prospect and threat-in-training. In some ways the Blue Jays frighten me more than the Yankees. They are much more appealing, too, like how dying by prolonged exposure to arsenic is preferable to a lethal dose of cyanide.

On the Toronto team, it’s always the case of picking your poison. Roy Halladay can throw BBs at your lineup for eight innings, walking none and striking out 10 like he did last night. The asthenic bottom of the order can be sated by facing the soft, scrumptious middle of the Red Sox bullpen. Or Wells can decimate your hurlers with well-placed shots into the Monster seats, as he did in the first inning.

Note well that Mike Lowell’s home run in the fourth landed in the last row of the same section as Wells’s. It was the one thing Boston did better than the Blue Jays during this two-game series sweep. The home team was out-hit, out-pitched, out-fielded, out-run, just plain overran.

The Red Sox retreat to Camden Yards to hopefully regroup and avoid running afoul of another winged nemesis. Kevin Millar will once again have fun with his real team and all will be right with the world.

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