Losers of six out of their seven, the Boston Red Sox try to finish a seven homestand on the right note with the Toronto Blue Jays, who come to Fenway Park for a three game weekend series. Boston has had early season success against the Blue Jays winning four of the first six meetings in 2013.
In the 2012, the Red Sox went 2-7 vs. Toronto at home but were swept in the final two home series against the Jays last season. Boston took two out of three from them last June 25-27.
The bright spot for the Red Sox is that they will have their three best starters going in this series. Both Clay Buchholz and Ryan Dempster fared very well last week in Toronto each allowing one run or less to the Jays. It will be key for them to continue to pitch well if the Red Sox want to stay atop the AL East before hitting the road for a nine game road trip beginning on Tuesday.
5/10 7:10 pm Ramon Ortiz (0-0) vs. Jon Lester (4-0 3.30 ERA)
5/11 1:35 pm Mark Buehrle (1-2 7.02 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz (6-0 1.60 ERA)
5/12 1:35 pm Brandon Morrow (1-2 4.69 ERA) Ryan Dempster (2-3 2.93 ERA)
Red Sox facing Ramon Ortiz: Tonight, Boston is facing Blue Jays starter Ramon Ortiz for first time since October 5, 2004 as a member of the Angels. It will be Ortiz’s first start at Fenway Park since August 31, 2004 when he pitched only 4.2 innings allowed four runs on nine hits and got the no-decision. In his career against the Boston, he is 3-3 in 12 career outings (8 starts) with a 4.67 ERA and 1-2 in six games pitched at Fenway with a 5.86 ERA.
1. Jon Lester needs one win to pass both Josh Beckett and Babe Ruth for 15th all time in team history in wins with 90. When Lester reaches 90 wins, it will tie him with Frank Sullivan and Dutch Leonard for 15th all time in Red Sox history in wins.
2. Lester needs nine strikeouts to pass Josh Beckett for fifth all time in team history in strikeouts with 1,109.
3. David Ortiz (currently ninth all time in team history in hits) needs six more to reach 1,500 for his career.
4. Jacoby Ellsbury needs to score one run to pass Buck Freeman (1900-1907) for 47th all time in team history in runs scored with 404.
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