Monday, May 18, 2009

Baseball In The Daytime: May 18 2009

We've reached another milestone in the long slog that is baseball season: Reacharound Monday. Does this mean you can request that your comely coworker in the next cubicle bend an arm around your waist for a quick tug during coffee break? Um, you can ask, but the scuttlebutt around the water cooler is that he's not that into you.

No, the reacharound occurs when a weekend series lingers, like a houseguest who was scheduled to depart Sunday yet is still there Monday reading your newspaper. Nothing wrong with that, just save me the sports section. We've got a surprise first-place club versus an also-ran on tap, so follow the jump to the particulars...

Chicago White Sox @ Toronto, 11:07 Mountain It would be customary in this spot to rip the BJ's for posting that ridiculous seven-past-the-hour start time, but I'm going to take it easy on our Canadian neighbors today. The boys in Blue Jay are top dogs in the hypercompetitive AL East, after all. They're pitching, and they're hitting, and Cito Gaston is a bigger retro-hit than the remanufactured Chevy Camaro.

Meanwhile, on the South Side of Chicago, President Obama's favorite baseball team is looking up at the Royals. Today they enlist 25-year-old lefty Clayton Richard in the hopes of starting a hot streak, while the BJ's go with 4-2 Scott Richmond. Keep in on the black, fellas, and Play Ball!