Game 53: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Good morning. Here is a preview of this afternoon’s game:

RED SOX (27-25)
Nava LF
Aviles SS
Gonzalez RF
Ortiz DH
Saltalamacchia C
Youkilis 1B
Sweeney CF
Middlebrooks 3B
Punto 2B
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (5-2, 3.86)

BLUE JAYS (27-25)
Johnson 2B
Escobar SS
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Rasmus CF
Lawrie 3B
Davis LF
Cooper DH
Mathis C
Pitching: RHP Kyle Drabek (4-5, 4.55)

Game time: 1:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Drabek: Gonzalez 3-8, Ortiz 4-8 (2 HR), Pedroia 2-7, Youkilis 2-6, Salty 1-5, Avile 0-3, Punto 0-2, Sweeney 0-1.

Blue Jays vs. Doubront: Bautista 1-6, Encarnacion 1-4, Johnson 1-3, Arencibia 0-2, Escobar 0-2, Lawrie 2-3, Davis 0-2, Rasmus 1-2, Cooper 1-1.


Stat of the Day: Red Sox leadoff hitters have 37 RBIs, six in the last five games. No other team in the majors has more than 27 RBIs from their leadoff hitters.

Notes: The Sox have won four of five, five of seven and 15 of 21. … The Jays have dropped six of their last nine. … The Sox are three games out of first. But their run differential of +23 is the best in the division. … Doubront is 1-0, 3.48 in six career appearances against the Jays. He faced them April 9 at Rogers Centre, allowing two runs on four hits over five innings. Doubront is 4-1, 2.70 in his last five starts this season. … Drabek is 1-1, 8.16 in three career starts against the Sox but held them to one run over 5.1 innings on April 10. … Punto is 7 of 53 (.132) on the season and 2 of 15 (.133) filling in for Dustin Pedroia at second base. … The Sox are 14-11 on the road. … Ortiz has 391 home runs, good for 54th place all-time. Next up is Jim Edmonds, who had 393. Then Joe Carter (396) and Dale Murphy (398).

Song of the Day: “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj.

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