The homestand continues with the Jays in town. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (69-53)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (13-7, 2.80)
BLUE JAYS (63-57)
Pitching: LHP Brett Cecil (9-6, 3.96)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The two-steps-forward, one-step-back Red Sox fell to the Angels last night, missing a chance to sweep. They start the day 6.5 games out in the American League East and 5.5 out in the wild card. There are 40 games left to play counting tonight.
Toronto tales: The Sox are 9-3 against the Blue Jays this season, outscoring them 76-49.
Ace in the hole: Lester is 6-3 with a 2.74 ERA against Toronto in 11 career starts. He is 2-0, 1.38 this season. He is 5-1, 1.79 in his last six starts against the Jays and 2-0, 0.81 in three starts against them at Fenway Park. So it seems like he owns them.
Seeing Cecil again: The Sox are facing Cecil for the first time since April 28 when he allowed one run on five hits and one walk over six innings. He is 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in his last 10 starts this season.
Lets go streaking: David Ortiz has a 10-game hitting streak. He is 14 for 40 in that stretch with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs. His batting average is up to .268.
Manny's milestone: Manny Delcarmen made the 287th relief appearance of his career last night, passing Dick Radatz and moving into sole possession of fourth place in club history. Manny's last two appearances were shaky as he allowed a hit and three walks over two-thirds of an inning.
Enjoy the game. I'm headed out of town for the day and will be back for the next three games.