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Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  September 29, 2005 12:50 PM

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Some news and notes heading into tonightís must-win game for the Red Sox against the Blue Jays:

Picking the worst time for a losing streak, last night marked just the third time in their last 33 games that the Red Sox have lost a pair of games consecutively. Tonight, they look to avoid their first three-game losing streak since mid-July.

The Blue Jays thus far have proven to be the thorn many thought they might be in the seasonís final week. Boston is just 6-11 this season against Toronto, including just 3-5 at Fenway Park.

With 92 wins, the Red Sox are one short of reaching 93 for the fourth season in a row, the first time that will happen in franchise history.

David Ortizís 144 runs batted in are the most by a Red Sox batter since 1950 when Walt Dropo and Vern Stephens each had the same number. With two more, Ortiz will leapfrog into fourth all-time in club history for a season. Only Jimmie Foxx (175 in 1938) and Ted Williams and Stephens (159 each in 1949) have had more RBIs in a single season. Since 2000, only three players have had as many as 144 RBIs: Miguel Tejada (150 in 2004), Carlos Delgado (145 in 2003), and Edgar Martinez (145 in 2000).

A win by Matt Clement tonight would give the Red Sox four starters with at least 14 wins for the first time since 1975 (Rick Wise, Luis Tiant, Bill Lee, and Roger Moret).

With a loss tonight, and a Yankees win in Baltimore, the Red Sox would fall two games back in the AL East for the first time since June 21, when they trailed the Orioles by a pair.

Today in Red Sox history: In 1998, Mo Vaughn led the Red Sox to an 11-3 Game 1 ALDS victory over the Cleveland Indians, swatting a pair of home runs and driving in seven. The Red Sox would go on to lose the series in four games.

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