Game 143: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (85-57)
Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Lowrie 3B
Varitek C
Reddick RF
McDonald LF
Pitching: LHP Andrew Miller (6-2, 5.27)

BLUE JAYS (71-72)
Escobar SS
Thames LF
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Johnson 2B
Lawrie 3B
Cooper 1B
Arencibia C
McCoy CF
Pitching: LHP Ricky Romero (13-10, 2.97)

Game time: 7:07 p.m.


Notes: Presumably Gonzalez and Crawford are out of the lineup because of their poor numbers against Romero and the good numbers by Lowrie and McDonald (see below). … The Sox have lost five of seven and six of their last nine. They are 2.5 games out of first place and seven games up in the wild card. … Miller has faced Toronto once in his career, throwing a third of an inning of relief in 2006. Miller is coming off a terrible start against Texas (1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). … Romero is 2-6, 8.08 in 11 career starts against the Red Sox. He is 38-22, 3.21 in 78 starts against everybody else. … Romero has faced the Sox twice this season, giving up 11 runs on 17 hits and eight walks in 8.2 innings. … Ortiz has hit safely in 20 of 21 games at 38 of 79 (.481) with 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs. … Ellsbury has a 12-game hit streak. … Scutaro is 14 of 23 at the Rogers Centre this season.


Red Sox vs. Romero: Lowrie 5-8, 1 HR; Pedroia 8-16, 1 HR; Youkilis 7-16, 3 HR; Ellsbury 7-17, 1 HR; Ortiz 10-16, 1 HR; McDonald 3-9; Scutaro 4-13; Salty 2-7; Gonzalez 1-6; Crawford 2-17; Varitek 0-3.

Blue Jays vs. Miller: Escobar 1-7; Johnson 3-5; Encarnacion 1-2; Teahen 0-2; Woodward 0-2; Lind 0-1.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have not had a save since Aug. 19.

Song of the Day: “If You Were A Bluebird” by Joe Ely.

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