Boston Red Sox (84-56) @ Toronto Blue Jays (70-71)
Jon Lester (14-6, 3.05) @ Luis Perez (3-2, 3.77)
7:07 PM EDT | Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON)


After a disappointing 1-0 loss to the Blue Jays in an extra-inning game in which Josh Beckett had to leave with an ankle injury, the Red Sox will try to get back on track tonight with Jon Lester taking the mound. Lester took a no decision in his last outing against the Yankees, going five innings and surrendering one run on seven hits, three walks, and six punchados. Lefty Luis Perez will toe the rubber for the Blue Jays. In his last start Perez gave up five runs and two home runs in five innings of work against the Orioles. Tonight will be Perez’s fourth start of the year but he has 29 relief appearances.


Boston Red Sox

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Marco Scutaro, SS
  7. Carl Crawford, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Darnell McDonald, RF

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Eric Thames, LF
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  6. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  7. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  8. J.P. Arencibia, C
  9. Mike McCoy, CF


Boston: Clay Buchholz, lower back strain (placed on 15-day DL June 19, retroactive to June 17); J.D. Drew, left shoulder impingement (placed on 15-day DL July 26, currently rehabbing); Bobby Jenks, strained back (placed on 15-day DL July 16, transferred to 60-day DL on September 1)

Toronto: Rajai Davis, torn left hamstring (placed on 15-day DL August 14, currently rehabbing); Colby Rasmus, jammed right wrist (placed on 15-day DL August 27)

Fun Facts

-The Red Sox are 8-2-1 on road trips this season.

– On September 6, 1902 , Cy Young beat the St. Louis Browns 6-5 to tally his 30th win of the season.

-And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: Inspired by Mike Farrell, who played B.J. Hunnicutt on the television version of M*A*S*H*, John Farrell fancies himself quite the amateur surgeon. He performs tonsillectomies for C$49.95.