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Game 25 preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Here are the lineups.

RED SOX (11-13) BLUE JAYS (11-12)
Pedroia 2B Reyes SS
Victorino RF Cabrera LF
Ortiz DH Bautista DH
Carp 1B Francisco 1B
Sizemore LF Navarro C
Pierzynski C Rasmus CF
Middlebrooks 3B Lawrie 3B
Herrera SS Sierra RF
Bradley Jr. CF Goins 2B
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (0-2, 7.71). Pitching: RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.03).

Game time: 1:07 p.m.


Red Sox vs. Morrow: Pedroia 12-23, Ortiz 7-17, Napoli 2-16, Pierzynski 5-14, Sizemore 6-12, Carp 3-10, Gomes 1-3, Herrera 0-3, Middlebrooks 0-2.

Blue Jays vs. Buchholz: Bautista 9-31, Encarnacion 1-21, Lawrie 2-19, Cabrera 3-14, Rasmus 2-10, Reyes 3-8, Sierra 2-6, Navarro 1-3, Goins 1-2.

Stat of the Day: The Red Sox are 8-1 when they score first, 3-12 when their opponent does.

Detecting a trend: Clay Buchholz is 9-5, 2.44 in 18 career appearances (17 starts) against Toronto. That includes going 7-2, 1.49 in 10 starts at the Rogers Centre. In his last eight starts against the Jays, Buchholz is 7-0 with a 0.79 ERA.


Detecting a trend, Part II: Brandon Morrow is 1-3, 7.99 in 17 career appearances (nine starts) against the Red Sox. In the last four years, Morrow is 1-3, 9.84 in eight starts against the Sox.

Hot hitters: Mike Napoli has reached base safely in 20 consecutive games. He is 24 of 75 (.320) with 10 walks and nine extra-base hits. … Xander Bogaerts has hit safely in nine straight games at 10 of 34. … Will Middlebrooks is 5 of his last 10 with three extra-base hits and three RBIs. … Dustin Pedroia is 14 of his 43 (.326) over 10 games with six doubles, 10 runs, eight walks and five RBIs.

Hot pitchers besides Koji Uehara, who's always hot: Chris Capuano has not allowed a run in 14 innings this season while striking out 14. … Junichi Tazawa has thrown 10 scoreless innings. … Burke Badenhop has allowed one run in his last 8.1 innings. … Andrew Miller has thrown seven straight scoreless innings.

Middlebrooks Centre: Will Middlebrooks is 16 of 47 (.340) with five doubles, four homers, 10 runs and eight RBIs in 12 career games at the Rogers Centre.


Other notes: The Sox have won six of 10. … The Blue Jays have lost three straight and four of five. … The Sox have won seven of their last 11 games against the Blue Jays. … David Ortiz has 378 career homers with the Red Sox, fifth in team history. Dwight Evans had 379 and Jim Rice 382.

Song of the Day: "It Takes Two" by Marvin Gaye.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.