Game 142: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (85-56)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 3B
Crawford LF
Scutaro SS
Reddick RF
Saltalamacchia C
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield (6-6, 4.95)

BLUE JAYS (70-72)
Escobar SS
Thames LF
Bautista DH
Encarnacion 1B
Johnson 2B
Lawrie 3B
Loewen RF
Arencibia C
McCoy CF
Pitching: RHP Brandon Morrow (9-10, 4.78)

Game time: 7:07 p.m.


Notes: Wakefield is again going for his 200th career win. He got No. 199 on July 24 and has made seven appearances since, six of them starts. He last pitched on Friday, throwing four innings of shutout relief against Texas. … The Sox start the day 2.5 games behind the Yankees in the division and eight games up on the Rays in the wild card. … The Sox have scored 58 runs in seven games at Toronto this season. … Ellsbury takes an 11-game hit streak into the game. … Ortiz has hit safely in 19 of 20 games at 36 of 75 with 16 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs. He is up to .305/.405/.589 on the season and is as legitimate an MVP candidate as Gonzalez, Ellsbury, or Pedroia at this point given his .994 OPS. … Pedroia is hitless in his last 13 at-bats with two balls getting out of the infield. … Morrow has hit the wall. He has lasted 16 innings in his last three starts, allowing 14 runs on 21 hits (six home runs) with seven walks. He has been cuffed around by the Red Sox this season, giving up 13 runs on 15 hits over 9.1 innings in two starts. … The Sox have not had a save since Aug. 19.


Stat of the Day: Jose Bautista is 37 of 152 (.243) since the All-Star break with 43 strikeouts. He is hitting .231 (12 of 52) against the Red Sox this season.

Song of the Day: “The Old Landmark” by James Brown.

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