Toronto Blue Jays (74-74) @ Boston Red Sox (86-61)
Ricky Romero (14-10, 3.01) @ John Lackey (12-12, 6.30)
1:35 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510
Tim Wakefield finally earned his 200th victory and the Red Sox finally won for the first time in what seemed too long. The Red Sox will hope to take that good feeling and momentum in today’s afternoon game with the Jays. John Lackey should be hoping that the crowd is still feeling happy for Wakefield. If Lackey doesn’t perform well today, expect the Fenway boo birds to be out early.
Taking the mound for the Jays is Rocky Romero. Romero has had a very good year: he has 22 quality starts out of 29 starts (good for 5th in the AL). However, the Jays are only 16-13 in Romero’s starts, most likely due to the fact that the Jays have only scored 28 runs in the 13 losses.
Boston Red Sox
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Marco Scutaro, SS
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- Ryan Lavarnway, DH
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Jason Varitek, C
- Darnell McDonald, RF
Toronto Blue Jays
- Mike McCoy, SS
- Eric Thames, LF
- Jose Bautista, RF
- Adam Lind, 1B
- Edwin Encarnacion, DH
- Kelly Johnson, 2B
- Brett Lawrie, 3B
- J.P. Arencibia, C
- Adam Loewen, CF
Boston: Clay Buchholz, lower back strain (placed on 15-day DL June 19, retroactive to June 17); J.D. Drew, left shoulder impingement, broken finger (placed on 15-day DL July 26, placed on 60-day DL September 13); Josh Beckett, right ankle (day-to-day, may miss one start); Erik Bedard, left knee, left lat (day to day, likely to miss one start); David Ortiz, back spasms (day-to-day)
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); Yunel Escobar, sore left elbow (day-to-day)
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-According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tim Wakefield (45 years, 42 days) became the second-oldest pitcher to reach 200 wins. Jack Quinn (46 years, 339 days), who reached the mark in 1930 with the Philadelphia Athletics, was the oldest.
– On September 14, 1901, Cy Young beat the Washington Senators 12-1 to earn his 30th victory of the season.
-And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: Edwin Encarnacion was named after Edwin Starr, who wrote “War (What is it Good For)”.