Let’s Play Two (and Two): Jays-Sox Gamers XIII and XIV, Rays-Yanks Gamers XVI and XVII

Double-headers all over the place today, thanks to cancellations from rainy weather across the country. The Jays and Sox have one of those double-headers, but this is purely a coincidence, as this comes from a rainout in August.

The Sox are bringing out two pitchers who have contributed immeasurably to the almost-certainly playoff-bound position the team is in: Paul Byrd in Game 1 and Bartolo Colon in Game 2. The pair combined are 8-3 in Red Sox uniforms, and both have been excellent as stop-gap, short-term fifth-starter options. You couldn’t ask for anything more, really.

Byrd handles Game 1 against A.J. Burnett, and Colon returns from the disabled list against Jesse Litsch. The Sox put themselves in excellent position with their win yesterday, which assured that even if Toronto sweeps the remaining six games between the clubs, they will still have to make up 1.5 games of ground — which is probably why the Jays’ playoff odds have dropped by more than half since before yesterday’s game, and the Sox’ have correspondingly jumped back above 98 percent.

Meanwhile, the Yanks and Rays are also playing two today, which makes all Red Sox fans Yankee fans, at least for now, because a Yankee sweep today could put the Sox in first place. The Yanks will have a tall order, though. James Shields and Matt Garza go for Tampa against Mike Mussina and Sidney Ponson, respectively. Not putting much hope in a Game 2 win for the Yanks.

Here’s your all-day gamer on the action. Comment away!

25 comments… add one
  • hello, hello, hello…
    is there anybody out there?…

    dc September 13, 2008, 3:00 pm
  • Yeah.. working though. Might as well rather than watch the Yankees get blanked.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2008, 3:04 pm
  • Hey, we scored a run! WOO!

    attackgerbil September 13, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Sox goin down.RAYS RUUUUUUUULE

    Jim September 13, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • time to get healthy, forget the division.

    SF September 13, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • oh, and of course, make sure to win the wild card!

    SF September 13, 2008, 8:21 pm
  • Hey, we scored another run! WOO!

    attackgerbil September 13, 2008, 8:28 pm
  • Jeets 4-5 so far today as well.

    attackgerbil September 13, 2008, 8:29 pm
  • zzzzzzzzzzz

    dc September 13, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • Brutal day for Big Papi today.

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 8:37 pm
  • 2 more gerb
    looks like we need an osu-usc gamer…

    dc September 13, 2008, 8:44 pm
  • Decent outing from Colon so far, 5 runs, 80 pitches after 5. Didn’t miss many bats in the 2nd, but Lowrie’s error certainly did not help.
    Three hits against Litsch so far whose pitching on three days rest.

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Bases loaded, nobody out for the Sox. Now let’s see how that goes …

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • One run on a Lowrie sac fly. Bit of a squander. Seems to be that kind of day.

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • never figured ortiz for a dirty play…nice spike-job…

    dc September 13, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • Both games tied!

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 9:35 pm
  • Jacoby dribbles in the go-ahead run!

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 9:45 pm
  • Pedroia gets no. 200 for the season!!
    Good time for Papi to do some damage!

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • In the middle of hosting a party, but just wanted to drop in to say GO SOX! Yeah!

    Atheose September 13, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • And he does. Double brings home Ellsbury. 7-5 Red Sox.

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 9:55 pm
  • Ballgame!!! A very good win for the Sox. Makes it a little more comfortable going agains Halliday tomorrow.

    pale blue eyes September 13, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • That win pretty much finishes off the Jays, I think (not that they ever had much of a chance). 7.5 back with five games against the Sox to go…

    Paul SF September 13, 2008, 10:44 pm
  • f*cking K-Rod.

    Atheose September 14, 2008, 12:19 am
  • Comforted that we’ll at worst split with the Jays.

    Devine September 14, 2008, 10:32 am
  • Go Yankees!

    Atheose September 14, 2008, 1:42 pm

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