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Pummeling the Plumage

The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays silly, thereby causing silliness by Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the booth. When Kevin Youkilis launched his 18th homer of the season to lead off the fourth, making the score 11-0, Remy shouted, “Yeah, take that, you voters!”

Nick Swisher used his Twitter account and celebrity endorsements to aid his All-Star campaign while Youkilis just let his bat speak. Only LeBron James’s free agency saga outstripped Swisher’s shameless self-promotion. In this social media era, 140-characters sound bites won out over statistics.

If this game were a page on Facebook it would be “liked” by millions of Boston fans as their favorite baseball team’s four-game losing streak was snapped by an impressive offensive onslaught. What few Blue Jays fans there are (attendance at the game was 27,567 of 49,539 available seats) would bemoan the lack of a “dislike” button.

The visiting hitters batted around in the third and loaded the bases three times thanks to bases on balls by Toronto’s pitchers.

In six innings Jon Lester had half the earned runs that Brian Tallet allowed in a single inning. While Lester and Robert Manuel surrendered one homer each Tallet relinquished three circuit clouts in a single inning.

After the touchdown in the third and the field goal in the fourth Terry Francona swapped out his players to give them some rest. J.D. Drew was replaced by Darnell McDonald, who shifted from left to right. Bill Hall moved to second from short and Eric Patterson took over as Hall’s double play partner, giving Marco Scutaro a break. Daniel Nava took over in left for McDonald. Ryan Shealy quietly made his Red Sox debut in the bottom of the fifth and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Remy had Wally scale the CN Tower on the Toronto backdrop, as improbable a visitor as Jacoby Ellsbury to the Red Sox dugout. But lo and behold, the center fielder arrived at the ballpark in the third inning. Perhaps Ellsbury was sufficiently chided by Youkilis’s comments on “The Big Show,” or maybe Ellsbury wanted to take his complaints about the Red Sox team doctor Thomas Gill right to the source.

The confrontation between B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria sparked the Rays to go on a run, perhaps the tiff between Youkilis and Ellsbury will do the same.

Game 86: July 9, 2010
WinRed Sox
14W: Jon Lester (11-3)
2B: Adrian Beltre (26)
HR: Bill Hall (7), Kevin Youkilis (18), Adrian Beltre (13), Mike Cameron (3)
Blue Jays
3L: Ricky Romero (6-6)
2B: John Buck (15), Vernon Wells (26)
HR: John McDonald (2), Jose Molina (2)

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