Game 101 preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (47-53)BLUE JAYS (52-49)
Victorino RFReyes SS
Pedroia 2BCabrera LF
Ortiz DHBautista 1B
Napoli 1BNavarro DH
Nava LFRasmus CF
Bogaerts 3BKawasaki 3B
Drew SSThole C
Vazquez CGoins 2B
Bradley Jr.Gose RF
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (5-5, 5.46)Pitching: RHP R.A. Dickey (7-10, 3.95)

Game time: 7:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.


Red Sox vs. Dickey: Victorino 6-25, Pedroia 2-15, Ortiz 4-12, Napoli 4-11, Drew 3-9, Bradley 2-7, Ross 1-7, Nava 1-5, Gomes 1-5, Bogaerts 2-3, Carp 0-3, Holt 1-1.

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Blue Jays vs. Buchholz: Bautista 11-38, Cabrera 5-21, Rasmus 2-13, Reyes 5-14, Gose 3-10, Navarro 4-8, Kawasaki 1-8, Francisco 0-4, Johnson 0-3.

Stat of the Day: Buchholz is 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 starts at Rogers Centre, 8-0, 1.41 in his last nine. He is 10-6, 2.71 in 20 career appearances against Toronto.

Stat of the Day II: The Sox are 36-0 when leading after eight innings. They are the only major league team yet to have blown a lead in the ninth inning.

Perils of Pedroia: Dustin Pedroia is hitless in his last 17 at-bats, 1 of his last 20 and 6 of his last 40 with one run over 10 games. He is down to .269 on the season. Pedroia had a career .823 OPS coming into the season. It’s at .702 this season.


Other notes: The Sox have won eight of 10 but start the day eight games out first place and back in last place in the division. … The Sox are 3-5 against Toronto this season with losses in five of their last six games. … The Sox are 17-23 against AL East teams, 30-30 against everybody else. … Buchholz is 3-1, 3.28 in five starts since coming off the disabled list. … Dickey is 3-3, 4.85 in 12 career appearances against the Red Sox. He beat them on April 27 but has allowed 13 earned runs on 21 hits in his last 19 innings against the Sox. … Shane Victorino is 6 of 11 since coming off the disabled list. … The Sox are 5-0 when Christian Vazquez catches. … Stephen Drew is 7 of his last 18 with three extra-base hits and six RBIs. … The Sox have homered in seven straight games. … Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .378/.429/.467 this month.

Song of the Day: “Floater” by Bob Dylan.

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