Boston Red Sox (85-56) @ Toronto Blue Jays (70-72)
Tim Wakefield (6-6, 4.95) @ Brandon Morrow (9-10, 4.78)
7:07 PM EDT | Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510
Now that’s much more like it. The Patriots blanked the Argonauts last night 14-0. Oh right, sorry, too much football news on SportsCenter lately. The Red Sox play the third game in their four-game series against the Blue Jays tonight, when Tim Wakefield will (again) try to get his 200th win. Wakes took the loss in his last start against the Athletics, going only four innings and giving up eight runs (four earned) in a 15-5 loss.
Brandon Morrow, who takes the mound for the Blue Jays tonight, leads the Majors with 10.41 strikeouts per nine innings. However, the Red Sox have had Morrow’s number this year, tallying 13 runs on 15 hits in 9.1 innings pitched by Morrow. He has lost his last three starts and five of his last six. Good signs for the Sox.
Boston Red Sox
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Marco Scutaro, SS
- Josh Reddick, RF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Toronto Blue Jays
- Yunel Escobar, SS
- Eric Thames, LF
- Jose Bautista, DH
- Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
- Kelly Johnson, 2B
- Brett Lawrie, 3B
- Adam Loewen, RF
- J.P. Arencibia, C
- 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)
Toronto: Rajai Davis, torn left hamstring (placed on 15-day DL August 14, transferred to the 60-day DL September 7); Colby Rasmus, jammed right wrist (placed on 15-day DL August 27)
-According to the Elias Sports Bureau, by scoring two or more runs in each of the first five innings, the Red Sox achieved that feat for the first time in their history.
– On September 7, 1923 , Howard Ehmke pitched a no-hitter in a 4-0 win against the Philadelphia A’s.
-And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: The starting pitchers for the 1996 Blue Jays were Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCullough, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. It did not go well but their uniforms were fabulous!