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The Grousemartins

Few players remain as annoying after they leave the Yankees. Russell Martin is such an exception. In the eleventh the Blue Jays backstop clobbered Matt Barnes’s fastball. It found the Monster seats to give Toronto a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the eleventh the Red Sox were once again stifled by Brett Cecil. The Boston squad couldn’t score late and failed to score early. Rusney Castillo had a home run robbed by Jose Bautista in the third inning. Despite the loss there are signs of life in the Red Sox lineup. David Ortiz came through in the sixth with a game-tying solo home run. Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. If the time off helped this duo perhaps Mike Napoli will return rejuvenated. R.A. Dickey didn’t notch the win but his team extended their winning streak to 10 games. He communed with the only other knuckleballer in the major leagues, Steven Wright, before the game. The language knuckleballers speak to one another, it must rarer than Parseltongue. Game 63: June 13, 2015 Toronto Blue Jays33-30 5 W: Aaron Loup (2-3)S: Brett Cecil (4) HR: Russell Martin (10) Boston Red Sox27-36 4 L: Matt Barnes (2-2) 2B: Pablo Sandoval...

Joey Bats

Steven Wright took over for Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning. With R.A. Dickey pitching for the Blue Jays it was the first time there were two knuckleballers opposing each other since Charlie Haeger of the White Sox relieved Jon Garland on July 22, 2007 in a game that Tim Wakefield started. The Red Sox defeated Chicago 8-5 that day but didn’t come through with a victory today. De La Rosa was chased from the game by Jose Bautista’s three-run moonshot in the fifth inning. Gose had led off with a walk and Jose Reyes singled to center just prior to Bautista’s 31st homer of the season. Your browser does not support iframes. Wright lasted longer than De La Rosa, turning in five innings with two hits, no runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. He even picked off Reyes in the seventh inning. Dickey went seven innings with a line of six hits, one earned run, no walks, and four whiffs. As annoying as it is to see a team in the division have success, I still enjoy it when one who throws the butterfly ball does well. I hope this kid isn’t around when Yankee fans start...

Caption Contest

The Red Sox failed to sweep the Blue Jays because they were unable to decipher R.A. Dickey’s cryptic knuckleball. Jon Lester recovered from his shellacking by the Yankees but could not out-duel Dickey. So instead of discussing a rather disappointing game, let’s play Caption Contest! In the fourth inning Jackie Bradley, Jr. made an impressive snare of Edwin Encarnacion’s line drive. After the catch Bradley had a moment with the ball. A. Do not come wiz me to ze Casbah - we shall make beautiful musicks togezzer right here! B. Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls. C. The Jockey fashion statement is bold. D. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Brett Lawrie doubled in the seventh to plate Encarnacion. A. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands! B. I give myself high fives because no one else will. C. I live for the applause, applause, applause / I live for the applause-plause / Live for the applause-plause / Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me / The applause, applause, applause D. Girls say I give them...

Will and Ace

R.A. Dickey and Dave Bush (insert cheap joke using their surnames) got tired of seeing baseballs becoming souvenirs today. The Red Sox hammered six home runs and Will Middlebrooks was responsible for half of them. When he homered in the first and doubled in the third I started rooting for a cycle, but instead Middlebrooks went bridge two more times. The third baseman also turned a dazzling barehanded play on Maicer Izturis’s grounder, clutching it as it flew off the artificial surface and flinging it across the diamond in time to end the fourth inning. Dickey tallied his second loss in as many starts. The knuckleballer as struggled thus far in the junior circuit and whatever he had as a Cy Young caliber pitcher has escaped him, as his knuckleballs escaped Henry Blanco. Red Sox fans’ long love affair with Tim Wakefield makes us acutely aware that a knuckleballer can turn it around quicker than a flutter of a butterfly’s wing. Middlebrooks summed it up in his postgame interview with the ailing Jenny Dell: “Three homers, two streakers, and seven paper airplanes.” My summary: Two series wins against AL East teams early in the season will shore up Boston’s record...


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