Game 81: Blue Jays at Red Sox

Good afternoon. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (47-33)
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Carp 1B
Nava LF
Saltalamacchia C
Drew SS
Iglesias 3B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (7-4, 4.57).

BLUE JAYS (39-38)
Reyes, SS
Bautista, RF
Encarnacion, 1B
DeRosa, DH
Cabrera, LF
Arencibia, C
Davis, CF
Izturis, 3B
Bonifacio, 2B
Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-0, 2.18).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Wang: Ortiz 16-37, Gomes 4-25, Pedroia 5-18, Victorino 2-6, Ellsbury 1-4, Drew 0-3, Napoli 0-2, Saltalamacchia 0-1.

Blue Jays vs. Lester: Bautista 11-50, Arencibia 7-35, Cabrera 9-33, Encarnacion 5-30, Davis 6-27, Lind 3-29, Izturis 7-24, Rasmus 3-15, DeRosa 2-11, Bonifacio 1-8, Reyes 1-6.


Stat of the Day: The Red Sox start the day with a 3.5-game lead in the AL East. It’s their largest lead in the division since June 29, 2009.

Notes: The Sox are coming off a two-game sweep of the Rockies. The Jays have won 12 of 14 to get back over .500 after a 10-21 start … The Sox are 5-4 against Toronto this season … Lester was 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his first nine starts. He is 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA in seven starts since. Lester is 2-0, 2.05 in three starts against the Jays this season. Over 22 innings, he has allowed only five earned runs. Lester is 13-7, 3.61 in 25 career starts against the Jays … Wang was 54-20 with a 3.79 ERA for the Yankees from 2005-08. Foot and shoulder injuries changed the course of his career from there. He is 8-12 with a 5.83 ERA in 36 major league games since 2009. Wang is 6-6, 4.98 in 16 career appearances against the Sox, the last coming in 2009 … Ellsbury has an extra-base hit in five consecutive games and has hit safely in 21 of the last 24 games. He is 13 of 30 in the last seven games … Victorino was 5 for 9 in the Rockies series … Napoli is 7 of 12 with two doubles, two homers, and 20 RBIs with the bases loaded this season.


Song of the Day: “Come Back” by The J. Geils Band.

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