Game 26 preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Here are the lineups.

RED SOX (12-13)BLUE JAYS (11-13)
Pedroia 2BReyes SS
Sizemore LFCabrera LF
Napoli 1BBautista CF
Pierzynski DHEncarnacion 1B
Middlebrooks 3BLawrie 3B
Gomes RFFrancisco DH
Bogaerts SSSierra RF
Bradley Jr. CFThole C
Ross CDiaz 2B
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (2-3, 2.67).Pitching: RHP R.A. Dickey (1-3, 5.90).

Game time: 1:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.


Red Sox vs. Dickey: Victorino 6-25, Ortiz 4-12, Pedroia 2-12, Pierzynski 5-12, Napoli 3-8, Bradley 1-5, Middlebrooks 3-6, Ross 1-5, Carp 0-3, Gomes 0-2, Herrera 0-2, Sizemore 1-1.

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Blue Jays vs. Lester: Bautista 11-54, Encarnacion 7-36, Cabrera 10-36, Navarro 7-28, Lawrie 4-25, Reyes 1-16, Rasmus 3-15, Sierra 0-4, Goins 1-3.

Stat of the Day: Koji Uehara allowed three hits on Saturday for the first time since June 9, 2012 when he was with the Texas Rangers and faced the San Francisco Giants. Junichi Tazawa allowed four hits for the first time since July 17, 2012 against the Chicago White Sox.

More from Les: Jon Lester is coming off a tough start against the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed eight runs (three earned) on 11 hits and four walks. Lester will be facing the Jays for the 29th time, his most appearances against any team. He is 15-7, 3.55 against Toronto and was 4-0, 2.55 in six starts last season.

R.A. as in Really Average: R.A. Dickey is 15-16, 4.40 in 39 starts for the Blue Jays since being acquired from the Mets for prospects before the 2013 season. Dickey was 39-28, 2.95 in 94 games for New York from 2010-12. Dickey is 2-3, 5.32 in 15 career appearances against the Sox, 0-2, 8.53 in two starts last season.


Milestone day? Dustin Pedroia has 99 homers and 499 RBIs in his career. He would be the 27th player to have 100 homers and 500 RBIs with the Sox. Pedroia would join Carl Yastrzemski as the only Red Sox players with at least 100 homers, 500 RBIs and 100 stolen bases.

Where there’s a Will: Will Middlebrooks is 6 of 14 with two doubles, two homers and four RBIs in his last four games. … Middlebrooks is 17 of 51 (.333) with five doubles, five homers and nine RBIs in 13 career games at the Rogers Centre.

Other notes: The Sox have won two straight and seven of 11 and can get to .500 for the first time since April 4. They have not won three consecutive games all season. … Toronto has lost four straight, giving up 36 runs in the process. … The Sox have won eight of 12 against the Jays. … Mike Napoli has reached base in 20 consecutive games. … Xander Bogaerts has a nine-game hitting streak. … The Sox had 15 runs, 21 hits (13 for extra bases) and 15 walks in the first two games of the series. … A.J. Pierzynski is 5 of his last 10 with six RBIs.

Song of the Day: “White Knuckles” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

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