Game 73: Blue Jays at Red Sox

Good afternoom. Here’s a preview of tonight’s game:

RED SOX (38-34)
Nava LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Saltalamacchia C
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Ross RF
Kalish CF
Punto SS
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (8-3, 4.31)

BLUE JAYS (37-35)
Lawrie 3B
Rasmus CF
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Johnson 2B
Escobar SS
Davis LF
Francisco DH
Arencibia C
Pitching: RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 4.30)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Blue Jays vs. Doubront: Bautista 2-9, Johnson 3-7, Encarnacion 2-6, Escobar 1-5, Lawrie 2-6, Davis 0-5, Lind 0-4, Rasmus 1-5, Arencibia 0-2, Mathis 2-3.

Red Sox vs. Alvarez: Gonzalez 2-8, Ortiz 3-7, Pedroia 1-6, Aviles 1-5, Saltalamacchia 0-5, Middlebrooks 0-3, Nava 2-3, Punto 0-2, Ross 1-2.

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Stat of the Day: The Red Sox haven’t been four games above .500 all season. The Red Sox are 5 1/2 games out of first place.

Notes: The Sox have won seven of eight and nine of 11. … Doubront faced the Blue Jays earlier in June, allowing two earned runs and seven hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings to earn a victory. … Doubront is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA against the Blue Jays in seven appearances, five of which came out of the bullpen. … Alvarez lost to the Red Sox earlier this month, allowing four earned runs over 6 1/3 innings. In his previous two starts against the Sox combined, he has allowed one earned run in 12 innings. … Middlebrooks has scored a run in each of his last six games and has one RBI in seven of his last eight. … Nava is on a seven-game hitting streak and has six RBIs in that stretch.

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