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Open Thread: 5.31.06 @ Toronto Blue Jays

Honestly, we need Vernon Wells to have a bad day -- or two. Because that man is single-handedly killing our pitching staff, and we can't do anything about it. And it doesn't matter where we pitch him, because he'll hit it.

Whether you think this is good or bad, we have David Pauley on the mound to try and win the Sox a game versus the Blue Jays. It could be a good thing, as know one has hit against him before, or it could be a bad thing, because he's never pitched higher than Double-A Portland. Nevertheless, it'll be an interesting night, and I'm hoping for great success for the 22-year-old.

For the Blue Jays, it's one of the few pitchers in the league that gets us everytime, Ted Lilly. But maybe the Sox can do what we they did to Scott Kazmir and pull off an upset against the southpaw. Lilly from 2003-2005 versus the Sox: 4-1, 3.50 ERA, and 63 strikeouts in 72.0 innings pitched.

Lineup Notes:
Doug Mirabelli will catch for Pauley tonight ... Kevin Youkilis will hit in the fifth spot where Jason Varitek usually is ... Trot Nixon is hitting eighth against the southpaw ... Alex Gonzalez, batting ninth, is hitting .300 against lefties in 50 at-bats this season.