Game Threat: Blue Jays (5-5) @ Red Sox (4-4)

Blue Jays Players on Jackie Robinson Day
Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

I can’t stand that I’m always rushing through Game Threats in order to get them posted sometime before the damn first inning ends for a lot of reasons. One of my biggest frustrations about it comes about just once a year, every April 15th. Today is Jackie Robinson day, and it’s an occasion that deserves some poignant words, not me blasting through a half-assed preamble and making it all about me. Yet here we are!

Fortunately, everybody knows the basics of Jackie’s story and why celebrating him is so important.

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Doubly fortunately, I think I can do better than adding a few verbal flourishes by sharing this one piece of information: the two-part Ken Burns documentary on Robinson that came out this week, which I have yet to watch but is supposed to be excellent, is available to view in full at And it doesn’t even seem to be geo-fenced!

You’re welcome.


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TV: Sportsnet
Next Game(s): Tomorrow, @ Red Sox, 7:10 PM ET
And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar(R) CF
Josh Donaldson(R) 3B
Jose Bautista(R) RF
Edwin Encarnacion(R) DH
Troy Tulowitzki(R) SS
Justin Smoak(S) 1B
Michael Saunders(L) LF
Ryan Goins(L) 2B
Josh Thole(L) C
RHP RA Dickey

Boston Red Sox

Mookie Betts(R) RF
Dustin Pedroia(R) 2B
Xander Bogaerts(R) SS
David Ortiz(L) DH
Hanley Ramirez(R) 1B
Travis Shaw(L) 3B
Brock Holt(L) LF
Christian Vazquez(R) C
Jackie Bradley(L) CF
RHP Rick Porcello