Game 114: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (64-49)
Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Hall LF
Lowrie 2B
Ellsbury CF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-3, 3.96)

BLUE JAYS (59-52)
Lewis CF
Escobar SS
Bautista RF
Hill 2B
Lind DH
Encarnacion 3B
Overbay 1B
Arencibia C
Snider LF

Pitching: LHP Ricky Romero (9-7, 3.37)

Game time: 7:07 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox are 2-2 on their 10-game, 10-day road trip. They start the day six games out of first place and 4.5 games out in the wild card.

Toronto tale: The Sox are 7-2 against the Jays this season, outscoring them 54-37.


Jays on their way: Toronto has won eight of its last 11.

Slumping: The Sox have scored three runs in their last three games, going 19 of 99 (.192) at the plate

Road warriors: The Sox have won seven of their last 11 games away from Fenway Park.

Dice-K’s way: Matsuzaka is 6-1 with a 3.45 ERA in nine career starts against Toronto, 3-1, 2.81 in five starts at the Rogers Centre. … Matsuzaka is 3-0, 2.48 in his last five starts overall this season. Opponents are hitting .205 (25 of 121) in those games.

Ricky don’t lose those numbers: Romero is 1-4, 8.76 in six career starts against the Red Sox. He lasted only 2.1 innings on July 9, giving up five runs. He is 2-1, 2.05 in his four starts since.

Sox vs. Romero: Scutaro 1-2; Drew 5-12; Ortiz 6-13; Martinez 4-11; Lowell 3-9; Lowrie 0-0; Hall 3-4; Beltre 2-3; Ellsbury 3-9.

Take that: Scutaro is hitting .343 (12 of 35) against his former team this season.

The pen is mightier: Red Sox relievers have allowed five earned runs in their last 30 innings.

Other stuff: Beltre has hit safely in 20 of 22 games at 31 of 90. … Martinez has a seven-game hit streak but is only 7 of 26 in that stretch, albeit with four extra-base hits. … Eric Patterson hasn’t had an at-bat since August 2.


On the iPod right now: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen.

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