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Ian HunterCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2009

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Pitcher Clay Buchholz #61 of the Boston Red Sox pitches the baseball against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on August 10, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Red Sox 6-5.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

It’s pick No. 6 versus pick No. 42 from the 2005 MLB Entry Draft; Ricky Romero and Clay Buchholz will square off tonight as the Jays and Red Sox kick off the second half of the season.

Buchholz will get his first start of the season after spending the first half of the season in the Red Sox minor league with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Last week the Jays sent two scouts to check out Clay Buchholz, who would be instrumental in any Halladay trade between Boston and Toronto.

D-Day for Doc?

Roy Halladay was originally scheduled to start tonight’s game but was bumped back to Sunday due to his start at the All-Star Game. If you can’t make it out to this Sunday’s game, make sure you go next Saturday’s start against the Rays because it looks like those are Doc’s final two starts before the trade deadline. If Halladay gets traded, it would be a shame to not see him start at least one more game in a Blue Jays uniform. Don’t take these precious days for granted, Jays fans!

Money down the drain

It turns out the Blue Jays aren’t the only team to throw millions of dollars in failed contracts out the window. The Red Sox are so desperate to get rid of Julio Lugo that they told him the bus left for Toronto at 1 p.m. today rather than 1am last night. Okay, that’s not entirely true but apparently there was a mix-up (which means he was designated for assignment) and Lugo won’t travel with the Red Sox to Toronto. Hear that? That’s the sound of the Red Sox eating $14.5 million of Julio Lugo’s contract with a side remorse sauce. To find out more about the Red Sox from the opposite side of the coin, visit Out in Center Field.

In related news, the Chicago Cubs have decided to take a chance on B.J. Ryan and signed him to a one-year deal. The Beej should fit in quite nicely in Chicago since the Cubbies are so accustomed to disappointment and late-inning collapses. Zing!

If you rebuild it, they will Marcum

Shaun Marcum made another impressive step on his road to recovery with four innings of scoreless work for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats last night. Marcum’s line was 4.2 IP, four strikeouts, two walks, four hits. News of Marcum’s speedy recovery is a huge boost to the Jays who could be seeking another replacement starting pitcher very soon. I’ve always thought that Shaun Marcum was the next ace for the Toronto Blue Jays, but now he might have to fight Ricky Romero for that title.