Good morning. Here’s a preview of the game:
RED SOX (63-77)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (11-5, 4.47)
BLUE JAYS (63-75)
Pitching: RHP Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.42)
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox vs. Villanueva: Pedroia 2-7, Ellsbury 2-5, Ross 2-4, Salty 1-5, Loney 1-4, Podesdnik 0-4, Ciriaco 1-2, Aviles 0-1.
Blue Jays vs. Buchholz: Lind 10-29, Escobar 2-9, Mathis 1-9, Arencibia 0-11, Encarnacion 1-11, Davis 0-7, Johnson 0-5, Vizquel 1-5, Lawrie 0-4, McCoy 0-4, Rasmus 1-3.
Stat of the Day: The Sox are 32-40 at home with nine games left. They have not had 45 losses at home since 1980. Their last losing record at home came in 1997 (39-42).
Notes: The Sox have lost three straight, 10 of 11 and 15 of 19 and start the day in last place in the AL East … The Jays, who have won three straight and six of 10 … Buchholz is 0-2, 6.52 in his last three starts. He faced the Jays on June 1 and pitched very well, allowing two runs over eight innings in a 7-2 victory. Buchholz is 8-2, 2.55 in 13 career appearances against Toronto … Villanueva beat the Sox on July 21, allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings. He is 1-5 in his last seven starts depite a 4.12 ERA. Villanueva is 2-1, 4.50 in seven career appearances against the Sox, two of them starts … The Sox are off on Monday then host the Yankees for three games. The Yankees have lost seven of 10 and are 26-28 since the All-Star break.
Song of the Day: “Deep Eddy Blues” by The Flatlanders.