Welp, looks like the ol' dispute is over because the game is happening today, albeit an hour later than it was scheduled. Starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was scratched so the Red Sox will go with David Aardsma, while the Blue Jays will start someone named Brian Tallet.
Follow me after the jump for the ol' liveglog:
1:14PM: Wee David Eckstein led off the game with a groundout; Shannon Stewart follows with a walk. The Red Sox announcer actually referred to Eckstein as 'wee'.
1:17PM: Alex Rios is up and he pops out to second. The Giants were actually going to trade Tim Lincecum to get this chucklehead? Really?
1:20PM: Vernon Wells flies out to Coco Crisp and the top of the first is over. Looks like Ellsbury is in left field today which means Manny must be out of the lineup. I don't know why I said "looks like" because I cannot see the game.
1:23PM: Dustin Pedroia leads off and grounds out to Wee Eckstein, who allegedly made a fantastic defensive gem. Kevin Youkilis is up, and hits a 340 foot foul ball. You know what they call that? A long foul ball. Youk walks...the PA guy announces that there has been a resolution between MLB and the players regarding the coaches' stipend.
1:27PM: David Ortiz strikes out. We are informed that one of the Red Sox players will be made available to the media after the game to discuss the resolution. Jacoby Ellsbury lines out to end the inning. Hey, Collective Soul is playing Twin River Casino!
1:32PM: As per some chick who covers the A's, Oakland was prepared to do whatever the Red Sox did regarding the boycott of the Japan series. Fuckin' followers.
1:35PM: Scott Rolen gets a base hit to lead off the 2nd; Lyle Overbay follows with a base hit up the middle. First and second, nobody out. Second baseman Aaron Hill is up now...and he flies out to Ellsbury in left.
1:36PM: Plodding Gregg Zaun grounds into a double play and the inning is over. Really, Blue Jays? Gregg Zaun as your starting catcher? Really?
1:40PM: Boston is supposed to fly out at 6PM...what are the chances this game goes the full nine innings? Either way, what are the chances I go the full nine? Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew both made an out. Catcher Kevin Cash is up.
1:41PM: Tallet struck out the side! WHATS WRONG WITH THE RED SOX!
1:44PM: At this point, I'm just tired of hearing about the boycott. Sigh. Reed Johnson leads off the 3rd; Bryan Corey is pitching now for the Sox.
1:48PM: Reed Johnson flies out to Coco Crisp. Ellsbury snags an Eckstein fly out. Shannon Stewart is up. I don't like the fact that Shannon Stewart is supposed to be the offensive savior of the Blue Jays...this team will certainly finish fourth. They stink. Hey, Stewart flew out too.
1:51PM: Coco Crisp leads off the bottom of the third with a single. The Sox would be crazy to trade him; he's too good and they'd be better off with the depth. Shawn Camp is your new Blue Jays pitcher.
1:54PM: Julio Lugo strikes out. I'll save that in my auto-text for the rest of the season.
1:57PM: Dustin Pedroia lines a single to right field. Two on and one out. Hey, Wee Eckstein didn't make a single error last season! But didn't he* miss like half the year? Youkilis homers. It's 3-0 Red Sox.
2:00PM: The Sox have thirteen home runs in their past 7 spring games. In other words, the Red Sox are adept in the art of homerun hitting. Ortiz strikes out again. WHATS WRONG WITH THE RED SOX! Ellsbury is up now...he grounds out, first baseman Overbay to pitcher Camp. End of three, 3-0 Sox.
2:03PM: It is confirmed that this game will last nine innings. It is also confirmed that I will stop at 3PM because I can. Rios is up; he hit safely in all 18 games last year against the Yankees, which explains why the Giants wanted him so badly. Annnnd he popped out to first basegentlemen Sean Casey. Aww that Sean Casey is such a nice guy!
2:06PM: Kevin Youkilis, the Red Sox player rep, will be speaking to the media within five minutes. This explains the existence of Sean Casey in my liveglog. That Sean Casey is really a nice dude. Vernon Wells got a hit which brings up Scott Rolen, who line drive singles to left...cut off by Crisp...Wells around third...Lugo gets the cutoff...play at the plate...WELLS OUT AT HOME. Nice throw, Loogs. 8-6-2.
2:07PM: Lyle Overbay ends the inning by making an out. Save that for auto-text.
2:10PM: Mike Lowell strikes out. This Camp character is pretty good. Drew lines out to Aaron Hill. Shit I don't know how Kevin Cash made out, but he did. Stupid Monday Morning Punter interrupted my liveglog.
2:17PM: Javy Lopez is your new Red Sox pitcher. This is not the Braves catcher, but my colleague informs me that they were both on the Sox two years ago. Bizarre!
2:20PM: Aaron Hill strikes out. I can never just say "Hill" it has to be "Aaron Hill". Gregg Zaun grounds out to second. Reed Johnson is up. I think I might dislike the Blue Jays more than I dislike the Red Sox now.
2:22PM: The announcers are discussing the International Date Line, and when exactly they will get the day back that they are losing. Oh man, this is even better than the time Niehaus was trying to figure out Daylight Saving Time. Johnson strikes out...middle of the fourth.
2:25PM: Coco Crisp popped up. He's just not good enough to trade I guess. Lugo is up, and has zero chance to GIDP; instead, he just plain grounds out. Boo!
2:28PM: Pedroia flies out to Wells and that inning is over. From my friend: "There was an article in the New York Times today that said scientists who drink beer are published far less frequently than their peers who don't drink". Well that makes perfect sense to me.
2:30PM: Here are your defensive changes for the Sox: Timlin -> pitchers mound, Thurston -> left, Cora -> short, Lowrie -> second, Ellsbury -> center. Eckstein is up. The press box is empty because everyone is downstairs hanging with Youkilis. He's dreamy!
2:33PM: Eckstein is on first, I don't know how he got there and don't know what he's gonna do with it. Stewart is up. Livegloggin's hard, y'all!
2:36PM: Stewart flies out, Rios flies out, Wells is up now. I reckon Eckstein walked earlier on there.
2:37PM: Wells grounds one off Timlin's pitching hand; Cora picks it up and throws Wells out at first. Looks like Timlin broke the hand and he's done for 4-6 weeks. Just a hunch.
2:40PM: John Parrish is your new Blue Jays pitcher. Well, he was new last inning but I missed the boat on that one. Sorry about the poorly-executed Timlin joke. The guy's a real trooper! Sean Casey grounds out to first.
2:43PM: They just played some of Kevin Youkilis' words from his mini-press conference in the clubhouse. He basically pooped out a bunch of cliches, but he gets his point across well and apologizes to the fans. He doesn't place blame on any one party, but chalks the whole problem up to bad communication. David Ortiz walks, gets replaced by a pinch runner who promptly gets picked off. Ellsbury grounds out. End of the sixth.
2:46PM: Manny Delcarmen is your new Red Sox pitcher. He slipped on the mound earlier this spring but his knee is okay now. Marco Scutaro is pinch hitting for Scott Rolen. Thurston moves to center field, replacing Ellsbury. Scutaro singles. I don't know who's in left now, but I'm sure he's quite capable.
2:51PM: Overbay strikes out. You stink, Lyle! Why did Yahoo auto-draft you for my fantasy team? Aaron Hill is up. He flies out. Brandon Moss is your new left fielder. Natale was the gentleman who got picked off earlier. Zaun pops up to Jed Lowrie. Time for the seventh inning stretch!
2:54PM: Your Blue Jays changes: Chip Cannon -> first base, Scutaro -> 2nd base, Sal Fasano -> catcher, Randy Wells -> pitching. Mike Lowell strikes out for the third time today. JD Drew is up and he pops out. Sucker.
2:57PM: Kevin Cash ends the seventh inning and the liveglog with a hard fly out to the warning track. Thanks for joining me today! Enjoy your trans-Pacific flight, Sox!