Good afternoon. Here's a preview of tonight's series opener at Fenway Park.
RED SOX (63-75)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (10-7, 5.03)
BLUE JAYS (61-75)
Pitching: RHP Henderson Alvarez (7-12, 5.04)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Alvarez: Pedroia 4-12, Saltalamacchia 1-11, Ellsbury 3-9, Aviles 2-7, Ross 2-7, Podsednik 0-3, Kalish 1-2.
Blue Jays vs. Doubront: Johnson 3-10, Encarnacion 4-8, Escobar 3-8, Davis 0-8, Rasmus 3-8, Lind 0-4, Mathis 2-3
Stat of the Day: At 4.77, the Red Sox have the second-worst team ERA at home. Only the Colorado Rockies are worse, at 5.88.
Notes: The Red Sox begin a six-game homestand tonight. After three games vs. Toronto, the Yankees are at Fenway Park starting Tuesday. ... Doubront has not won a game since July 18 ... Pedroia is batting .367 over the last 30 days with 40 hits (including 11 doubles) and 15 RBIs ... The presence of former Sox pitching coach John Farrell, the Blue Jays' manager, at Fenway will be a hot topic throughout the weekend. The Red Sox were interested in Farrell as manager prior to hiring Bobby Valentine, and his name is frequently brought up in speculation about next season ... Saltalamacchia needs three home runs to tie Carlton Fisk's record for home runs in a season by a Red Sox catcher. Salty has 23. ... The PawSox lead the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees 2-0 in their International League playoff series with Game 3 tonight.