As the Sox look to stay hot, here are the lineups:
RED SOX (65-49)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (12-5, 2.66)
BLUE JAYS (59-53)
Pitching: RHP Shaun Marcum (10-5, 3.44)
Game time: 7:07 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Sox have won two straight, four of six and 10 of their last 15. They start the day five games out in the division and 4.5 games out in the wild card.
Taking down Toronto: The Sox are 8-2 against the Jays this season, outscoring them 61-42.
Woe, Canada: The Sox are 6-1 at Toronto this season and have won nine of their last 10 games at the Rogers Centre.
Keeping it close: The Sox are 20-18 in one-run games and 13-10 in games decided by two runs. In all, 54 percent of their games have been decided by one or two runs.
Buch up: Clay Buchholz is 2-0 with a 2,01 ERA in his last three starts. He is 4-3, 3,30 in eight career appearances against the Blue Jays. He shut them down here on April 27, allowing one run over eight innings.
Tough customer: Shawn Marcum has owned the Red Sox this season, allowing one run on six hits over 14 innings with four walks and 11 strikeouts.
April 27: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
May 12: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
For his career he is 5-2, 2.91 against Boston in 13 appearances, eight of them starts.
MVP candidate: Adrian Beltre has hit safely in 21 of the last 23 games at 32 of 93 with 20 RBI. For the season he is third in the AL in average (.333), 9th in RBIs (76), 14th in homers (20) and seventh in OPS (.937).
Other stuff: Scutaro is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. … Martinez has an eight game hitting streak, which sounds good. But he is 8 of 31. … The Sox have been 17 games over .500 once previously this season, that on July 3 when they were a half-game out,.
On the iPod right now: “She’s Crafty” by the Beastie Boys.
Back with more later on.