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Game 52: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 1, 2012 03:15 PM

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Good afternoon. Here is a preview of tonight's game:

RED SOX (26-25)
Podsednik CF
Nava LF
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Sweeney RF
Aviles SS
Punto 2B
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.19)

BLUE JAYS (27-24)
Johnson 2B
Escobar SS
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Rasmus CF
Lawrie 3B
Arencibia C
Cooper 1B
Davis LF
Pitching: RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 3.56)

Game time: 7:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WRKO

Red Sox vs. Alvarez: Sweeney 2-7, Gonzalez 0-5, Pedroia 1-6, Ortiz 2-5, Youkilis 0-5, Aviles 0-2, Salty 0-2.

Blue Jays vs. Buchholz: Bautista 6-22, Mathis 1-9, Escobar 1-5, Arencibia 0-8, Encarnacion 0-7, Davis 0-6, Vizquel 1-5, McCoy 0-4, Johnson 0-2.

Stat of the Day: David Ortiz, Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto each have 30 extra-base hits, the most in baseball.

Notes: After a 4-3 homestand against the Rays and Tigers, the Sox have three games in Toronto before returning home for six games against the Orioles and Nationals. .. The Sox have won three of four, four of six and 14 of 20. ... The Sox are 1-2 against the Jays this season, those games coming April 9-11 at Rogers Centre. ... The Sox were 15-14 in May. ... Buchholz is 7-3, 2.58 in 12 career appearances against Toronto, 7-1, 2.29 in the last four years. He is 5-2, 1.62 in seven starts in Toronto. ... Buchholz has a 4.56 ERA in his last four starts. It was 9.09 in his first six. ... Buchholz's 7.19 ERA is 121st (and last) in the majors among qualified pitchers. His 1.83 WHIP also is last. ... Alvarez is 0-0, 0.72 in two career starts against the Sox. He held the Sox to one run over six innings on April 9. Alvarez has been hit hard in his last three starts this season: 17.1 IP, 28 H, 12 ER. ... The Red Sox have 36 RBIs from their leadoff hitters, by far the most in baseball. ... Saltalamacchia has five home runs in his last 10 games. ... Ortiz has hit 29 home runs at Rogers Centre. Among opposing players, only Alex Rodriguez (34) has more. ... Big Papi has 390 career home runs, 54th all time. Jim Edmonds is next on the list with 393.

Song of the Day: "Blue Jay Way" by The Beatles.

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