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.