Red Sox double ejection

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

In the seventh inning both Red Sox CF Mike Cameron and manager Terry Francona were booted from the game by plate ump Jeff Kellogg for arguing balls and strikes. Cameron had a rough day all around. He struck out three times and was hit on the right hand in another at-bat. When he was called out on strikes in the seventh on a questionable pitch, he had a few words with Kellogg and then strolled to the dugout from where he must have hurled a few verbal bombs. Kellogg gave him the thumb and when Francona came out to argue the point, he was tossed as well.

Last stand

Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch is on the mound Sunday in the final game before the all-star break. A lot will be riding on him as it is a make-or-break type of start. Litsch, who is 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA, has been inconsistent and has done little to impress manager Cito Gaston. Litsch, who is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, has allowed 30 hits in 24 2/3 innings and walked nine against just seven strikeouts. The opposition is hitting him at a .303 clip. Litsch’s velocity is down slightly from his pre-surgery days and he is still battling command issues. If Litsch comes up with another dull performance, his spot in the rotation could be plugged by Marc Rzepczynski, a lefty whom Gaston loves, when right-hander Shaun Marcum returns from the disabled list after the break. “I hope he pitches well for his sake and our sake,” was all Gaston would say regarding Litsch on Saturday.

Cattle call

The four-day layoff over the all-star break will no doubt mess up starters in both leagues as many, including those on the Jays, will end up receiving seven or eight days between starts. Gaston believes at this time of the season a little rest is good, but not seven or eight days.

“The break’s almost too long,” he said. “They’re (starters) like milking cows, you’ve got to milk them (on their schedule) or they lose something.”

Comparing starters to milking cows, now we know how Gaston really feels about pitchers.

Zep no schlep

Rzepczynski made the first relief appearance of his brief big-league career on Saturday. The lefty was called up to make the start on Wednesday against the Twins with Marcum on the DL. Starting the eighth, Rzepczynski hit the first batter he faced — ex-Jay Marco Scutaro — but came back to strike out Daniel Nave and David Ortiz before giving way to Kevin Gregg. Gaston explained later that lefty Scott Downs wasn’t available due to a sore neck and arm.

Drabek delivers

Kyle (No-Hit) Drabek followed up his no-hitter for double-A New Hampshire by blanking the Binghamton Mets over six innings on Friday to earn the win in a 10-2 victory. Drabek (9-8) extended his streak of scoreless innings to 19 1/3. In six innings Friday he blanked Binghamton on four hits, walked one and struck out five.

On deck

Sunday, Red Sox (RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 5-3, 4.71) at Blue Jays (RHP Jesse Litsch, 0-3, 7.30), Sportsnet, Fan 590.


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