Game 54: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Good morning. Here is a preview of the game:

RED SOX (28-25)
Podsednik CF
Nava LF
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Sweeney RF
Aviles SS
Punto 2B
Shoppach C
Pitching: RHP Daniel Bard (5-5, 4.56)

BLUE JAYS (27-26)
Johnson 2B
Escobar SS
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Cooper 1B
Lawrie 3B
Rasmus CF
Arencibia C
Davis LF
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.

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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.