The Boston Red Sox (48-57) return home to Fenway Park to host the Toronto Blue Jays (56-50). Boston wrapped up a 7-game road trip with a win down in Tampa Bay yesterday, ending a 5-game losing streak.
The road trip began a week ago in Toronto with an offensive explosion fueling the Red Sox to victory, but the Blue Jays outscored them 21-7 over the next three games to take the series. The Red Sox are now 3-7 against Toronto this season.
- Clay Buchholz (5-6, 5.50 ERA) gets the start for Boston. He faced the Blue Jays in his last start as well, giving up 4 runs over 6 innings to take the loss. The bigger concern is that he allowed 4 walks in the game. Since his return from the disabled list last month, Buchholz had issued only 1 walk in his previous 5 starts combined. Keep an eye on how many free passes he issues this time, as it was partially control issues that forced the team to shut him down for a month to work on his mechanics.
- Brock Holt moves to CF tonight to give Jackie Bradley a night off. It's only his third career start at the position, which doesn't give us much of a sample size, but he's handled it pretty well when given the chance. Yet anyone would be a drop off defensively from Bradley. At least having a top notch defensive right fielder in Shane Victorino next to him should help.
- David Ross is back behind the plate tonight. The 37-year old catcher has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot that he aggravated last week in Toronto. He's played only once in the 5 games since then, going 0 for 3 at the plate.
- There was some speculation earlier that Brandon Workman could be recalled to start a game this week when his jersey was found in a locker. John Farrell squashed those rumors by saying the jersey had been around since Workman's last stint with the team and there are no plans right now to alter the rotation. All signs point toward Allen Webster getting another shot in the rotation.
- R.A. Dickey (8-10, 4.04 ERA) takes the mound for Toronto. He managed to walk away with a win against Boston in his last start, despite giving up 4 runs in 6 innings.
- Toronto is clinging to the second Wild Card spot, with a 1 game edge over the New York Yankees. The teams are actually tied in the loss column, but the similarities end there. The Blue Jays have a +23 run differential this season, while the Yankees are at -28, which would indicate they have been fortunate to be over .500. The Seattle Mariners (1.5 games back) are a bigger threat given their +51 run differential, but their spot in the AL West means they still have 13 games left against the Angels and A's – the two best teams in the AL.
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