Good afternoon, here's a preview of the game:
RED SOX (48-46)
Pitching: RHP Aaron Cook (2-2, 3.34)
BLUE JAYS (46-47)
Pitching: RHP Carlos Villanueva (4-0, 2.68).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Villaneuva: Gonzalez 2-12, Punto 2-18, Ellsbury 2-5, Pedroia 2-4, Crawford 0-1, Ross 1-2, Salty 0-2, Aviles 0-1.
Blue Jays vs. Cook: Vizquel 9-25, Johnson 1-14, Escobar 4-13, Encarnacion 3-7, Rasmus 1-5, Lind 1-3.
Stat of the Day: Ellsbury is 12 of 35 (.343) in eight games since returning. But he has gone 67 at-bats (back to last Sept. 27) since hitting a home run. Bet that ends soon, although he is not in the lineup tonight.
Notes: Cook has a 1.67 ERA in his last four starts, the Sox going 3-1 in those games He has not faced the Jays since 2007. ... Villaneuva is making his first start against the Red Sox since 2008 when he was with the Brewers. He allowed five earned runs in four innings that day in a game the Sox won, 11-7. A reliever most of the season, Villaneuva is 3-0 as a starter with a 1.59 ERA in three starts since joining the rotation. He has allowed 14 hits over 17 innings and struck out 21 with six walks. ... Crawford has hit second in all six games so far, counting tonight. He hit second 10 times all last season. Crawford is 7 of 18 since coming back. ... Encarnacion is 18 of 45 (.400) with six extra-base hits and 16 RBIs in his lat 14 games against the Red Sox. ... Saltalamacchia is 1 of 16 with 9 K's since the break, 4 of 41 (.098) with 22 K's this month and 9 of 68 (.133) with 31 K's in his last 19 games. ... The Jason Varitek ceremonies start at 6:30.
Song of the Day: "Twisting The Night Away" by Sam Cooke.