The Red Sox are set to open a four game series with the Blue Jays tonight, after snapping a three-game losing streak with a wild 12-8 win over the Astros Thursday.
Toronto is in fourth place in the AL East, but is just 6½ games out of first with a record of 31-29. Here are the standings.
Garrett Richards will be on the mound. He’s allowed three or fewer earned runs in seven of his past eight starts.
BLUE JAYS (31-29): Semien 2B, Bichette SS, Guerrero Jr. DH, Hernandez RF, Grichuk CF, Tellez 1B, Gurriel LF, Biggio 3B, McGuire C.
Pitching: RHP Ross Stripling (2-3, 4.71 ERA)
RED SOX (38-25): Hernández CF, Verdugo LF, Martinez DH, Devers 3B, Renfroe RF, Vázquez C, Arroyo 2B, Gonzalez SS, Dalbec 1B.
Pitching: RHP Garrett Richards (4-4, 3.88 ERA)
Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV, radio: NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7
Blue Jays vs. Richards: Bichette 2-5, Davis 0-2, Grichuk 1-6, Guerrero Jr. 3-5, Gurriel Jr. 0-4, Hernández 2-5, McGuire 2-3, Panik 0-3, Semien 4-16, Tellez 0-3.
Red Sox vs. Stripling: Arroyo 0-2, Dalbec 1-4, Devers 2-6, Gonzalez 0-2, Hernández 3-3, Martinez 1-6, Renfroe 2-8, Santana 0-1, Verdugo 1-5, Vázquez 1-5.
Stat of the day: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting a scorching .370 (10-for-27) through his first eight games this month. The 22-year-old is tied for the major-league lead in home runs (18) and RBIs (48).
Notes: Xander Bogaerts was a late scratch at shortstop with a sore left knee, replaced by Marwin Gonzalez, who’ll bat eighth ... The series marks the third time the American League East rivals have squared off this season. The Red Sox lead 3-2 after taking two of three on the road from the Blue Jays last month … Since being reinstated from the injured list on May 25, Christian Arroyo is batting .303 with a .954 OPS in 11 games … Christian Vázquez is 10-for-32 (.313) in his last nine games … Stripling is 2-2 with a 5.00 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox … Richards is 0-2 since beating the Blue Jays on May 19. He took a no-decision after holding the New York Yankees to three runs on eight hits in five innings Sunday. He is 3-5 with a 5.10 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) lifetime vs. Toronto.
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