Back from the vacay, folks.  Just in time to go back into hibernation for the July break.

Buchholz takes on Peacock (I saw a lot of peacocks in Hawaii) in this meaningless game that takes on more meaninglessness in the face of Germany vs. Argentina.  Still, I’ll be tuning in to get my baseball fix one last time before not watching that game that “counts” later this week.  All the best to you as the height of summer sets in.

The Yankees try Shane Greene in league-leading Baltimore. The .500 record isn’t the bad part, but as it might be the best they ever had for a few years forward, it’s excruciating.

That’s a name that belongs in ALLCAPS.. The Sox put Jake Peavy to the task os containing the ‘Stros.

Comment away.

Sorry folks.. just finishing work for the day and I missed getting the gamers up in time. Kuroda is facing the birds and sees his team knotted at two runs in the sixth, while Lackey is holding the Stros scoreless and has been staked a two-run lead in Houston. Comment away and enjoy your weekend.

T.J. House has a name built from TV, and the rookie is hosting the Yanks at The Jake (I refuse to be Progressive) while David Phelps goes to the bump for the good guys. Comment away.

Jon Lester is, by far, the best pitcher on the Sox. Quintana is not so shabby either. The south-siders attempt the sweep at Fenway. Comment away.

Chris Sale is pitching his team towards an even record. Rubby de la Rosa is not having such results so far.

But I have a great trivia question.. later. Tanaka’s been told to put his elbow through the magnetron. Hey, at least we have the clean-shaven Brandon McCarthy and his league-leading average-ness on the mound against the Tribe. Nothing against Brandon, but… &%*$! Another STARTER down, leaving Kuroda the sole survivor of the season’s rotation.

Sigh.

Um.

Okay.

How many times have there been two players whose first names started with the letter “Z” batting back-to-back in a lineup, ever? I have no idea, but it happens tonight as Zoilo Almonte and Zelous Wheeler sort to what would be a great answer to that trivia question.

Comment away.

As D heads to his vacation I return from mine, albeit later than expected and almost too crisp to type. Ouch ouch ouch.

Carroll vs. Buchholz and rookie Greene vs. struggling Masterson.

Tomorrow, I’m off to Hawaii for a wedding, taking a vacation from my job and from the Red Sox.  All the best to everyone as we head to the ASB.  And I’ll see you back here next Sunday for the final pre-ASB game against Houston!

Yanks lost 2 of 3 to end May/begin June at Target Field.  They’ve won 2 of the first 3 at Yankee Satdium.  Today decides who takes the season series 4-3.  Nolasco and Kuroda.  Comment away.

Doubleheader split yesterday.  Now Peavy and Gausman sort out the winner of this intradivision matchup.  Scoreless after 1.

Not much going on with the Yankee bats today, but Phelps is seeing to it that the Twins do even less, as the Bombers look to sweep and lead 1-0 in the fifth.

If being swept by the Cubs isn’t the signal that it’s all over, I don’t know what is.  Start thinking about 2015.

Gonzalez takes on Lester in the day game, while Jimenez faces Lackey in the nightcap.  Those pitching matchups are pretty favorable for the Red Sox, but again, a complete inability to score runs usually renders that advantage moot.  Comment if you’re still watching this team flail sadly.  I’ll at least start watching the day game!

Whitley vs Gibson.  Hope you’re eating something off a grill!

PH check: he’s having a truly decent season, with the biggest change from the last several years by not giving up the long ball regularly AND he isn’t walking ANYBODY, with a .9 BB/9 rate, while his K-rate is right where it always has been. That’s good stuff for Phil, answering everything as a Twin that the Yankees wish he could have figured out in the Bronx. Grumble. As Phranchise mans the mound for the TCTs, Tanaka looks to “bounce” back from a two-run CG loss delivered via Napoli and Boston, which more accurately means, “pitch just like you did last time and hope that your teammates score more than one or two runs.”

Enjoy your ball game, have a safe and happy holiday, and comment away.