Good morning. Here is a preview of the game:
RED SOX (28-25)
Pitching: RHP Daniel Bard (5-5, 4.56)
BLUE JAYS (27-26)
Pitching: RHP Drew Hutchison (4-2, 4.84)
Game time: 1:07 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Blue Jays vs. Bard: Bautista 0-9, Encarnacion 3-7, Escobar 2-9, Johnson 2-9, Arencibia 0-4, Lawrie 2-4, Davis 0-3, Vizquel 1-3, Rasmus 0-2, Cooper 1-1, Mathis 0-1, McCoy 0-1.
Red Sox vs. Hutchison: No history.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox were 30-24 after 54 games last season. With a win today they will be one game off that pace.
Notes: The Sox will try to sweep the Jays behind Bard, who is 0-3, 4.91 in 22 career appearances against Toronto, one of them a start. That came on April 10 when he allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in a game the Sox lost 7-3. ... Hutchison is a 21-year-old rookie who has started eight games for the Jays. He is coming off seven shutout innings of Baltimore. ... The Sox are 6-1-1 in their last eight series and start the day two games out of first as a result. ... The Sox have won 42 of their last 67 games against Toronto. ... Middlebrooks has hit safely in 21 of his 26 games. ... The Sox lead baseball with 139 doubles. ... Bautista is hitting .205 (17 of 83) against the Sox over the last two seasons, albeit with five homers and 12 RBIs in 23 games.
Song of the Day: "Good Times Roll" by The Cars.