Preview: Red Sox at Blue Jays

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5-Day Forecast
GAME: Boston Red Sox (29-20) at Toronto Blue Jays (26-25)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 29 - 1:07 PM EST
WHERE: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


The Boston Red Sox have found an opposing offense that can match up with their own and are in danger of being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox will try to get the necessary outs late in the contest and avoid a three-game sweep when they visit the Blue Jays for the finale on Sunday.

Boston knotted it at five runs apiece in the eighth inning on Friday only to watch Koji Uehara serve up a tiebreaking two-run homer to Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the frame, and had a lead disappear in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday as Craig Kimbrel blew a save in a 10-9 setback. The Red Sox built an 8-4 lead in Saturday’s contest but had Tommy Layne and Junichi Tazawa serve up two runs apiece to tie it before Kimbrel made David Ortiz’s go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth irrelevant. Toronto (26-25) has powered its way to four straight wins to pull above .500. The Blue Jays totaled 28 runs in the last four games and Russell Martin has three home runs in that span, including one in Saturday’s triumph.

TV:
1:07 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH David Price (7-1, 5.34 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH R.A. Dickey (2-6, 4.60)

Price has won each of his last three starts since making a mechanical adjustment, allowing a total of six runs in 21 innings while striking out 23. The Vanderbilt product finished out last season with Toronto and is making his first start at Rogers Centre since losing to the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Price surrendered two runs in seven innings to earn a win over the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 16 and is 11-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 15 career starts at Rogers Centre.

Dickey is having some trouble finding consistency and followed up eight scoreless innings at Texas on May 13 with a pair of losses. The veteran knuckleballer was ripped for nine runs on 13 hits - including four home runs - over 12 2/3 innings in his last two outings. Dickey made back-to-back starts against Boston in April and lost both while yielding 11 runs (eight earned) on 14 hits and six walks in 9 2/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts has hit safely in 21 straight games to lift his AL-leading batting average to .351.

2. Toronto placed SS Troy Tulowitzki (right quad) on the 15-day DL.

3. Boston moved RHP Clay Buchholz to the bullpen, and he could be available to make his first relief appearance on Sunday.

PREDICTION: Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Boston 29-20 L3 18-10 11-10 10-11 6-5 8-2 5-2
Toronto 26-25 W4 11-13 15-12 14-14 3-4 6-4 3-3

Last Meeting

Boston Toronto
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/28/16 BOS 9 TOR 10 .366 3 1.113 .359 1 1.034

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BOS T. Shaw .355 11 1.122
TOR J. Donaldson .389 14 1.325
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BOS X. Bogaerts 2 11 5
TOR J. Donaldson 4 10 11
Pitching ERA Avg K
BOS 5.03 .260 87
TOR 4.56 .266 74
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BOS X. Bogaerts .351 71 .923
TOR M. Saunders .295 49 .914
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BOS D. Ortiz 13 25 46
TOR J. Donaldson 13 39 29
Pitching ERA Avg K
BOS 4.26 .296 439
TOR 3.72 .238 375

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston Overall Toronto
29-20 W/L 26-25
29-20 RL W/L 26-25
28-18-3 O/U 19-29-3
5.92 Runs For 4.20
4.51 Runs Against 4.10
Boston A/H Toronto
11-10 W/L 11-13
13-8 RL W/L 9-15
12-8-1 O/U 13-9-2
4.90 Runs For 4.42
4.43 Runs Against 5.12
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