Series: Game 3 of 4

Toronto leads 2-1 (as of 7/23)

Game 1: Monday, July 21
Game 2: Tuesday, July 22
Game 3: Wednesday, July 23
Game 4: Thursday, July 24

Red Sox 4

(47-54, 21-28 away)

Blue Jays 6

(53-49, 29-23 home)

    7:07 PM ET, July 23, 2014

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

    123456789 R H E
    BOS 300010000 4 9 1
    TOR 30000210 - 6 8 1

    W: R. Dickey (8-10)

    L: C. Buchholz (5-6)

    S: C. Janssen (15)

    Red Sox-Blue Jays Preview


    Clay Buchholz wasn't sharp in his last outing for the Boston Red Sox, but he's pitched relatively well since coming off the disabled list a month ago.

    The right-hander has usually been on his game in Toronto.

    Looking to win a third straight start, Buchholz tries to continue his road success against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

    Buchholz (5-5, 5.46 ERA) went 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts before a hyperextended knee kept him out a month, but since returning is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA and one walk in five outings. He allowed four runs and 10 hits over six innings but came out ahead in Friday's 5-4 win over Kansas City.

    He had a 3.72 ERA while losing his first two starts at Toronto (52-49), but is 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in the last nine there. He gave up three runs in seven innings of a 7-6 victory at Rogers Centre on April 26.

    His most recent outing versus Toronto came at Fenway Park on May 21, when he allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 6-4 defeat to fall to 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA in his last five there versus Toronto.

    Boston (47-53) averaged 6.3 runs while winning eight of nine but didn't score until the eighth inning Tuesday, when its five-game winning streak ended with a 7-3 loss. David Ortiz and Stephen Drew each homered for the second straight night.

    Ortiz is 4 for 10 with three homers in the series after going 1 for 17 in his previous four games. Five of the seven hits in his last 32 at-bats against the Blue Jays have been home runs.

    His 36 homers at Rogers Centre match Alex Rodriguez for the most by a visiting player.

    "He's very comfortable hitting in this ballpark," manager John Farrell said.

    Ortiz is 4 for 12 with two doubles and a homer against R.A. Dickey (7-10, 3.95), who yielded a run in 6 1/3 innings of a 7-1 home victory over Boston on April 27.

    Looking to avoid a third straight losing start, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA in four home outings since posting a 2.33 ERA during a four-start winning streak there. He allowed five runs over seven innings of a 5-1 loss to Texas there Friday.

    Though Dickey has a 3.54 ERA in losing six of his last seven while getting just 12 runs of support, he's only focused on himself.

    "I have a hard enough time tending to my own garden," Dickey said.

    "If I can just concentrate on being me and hopefully I'll get us deep into the ballgame with a chance to win the game. That's all I can do. And that's all I try to do."

    Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro each homered Tuesday for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four after losing nine of 11.

    Reyes is 7 for 17 with four RBIs in the last four games, and is 5 for 14 versus Buchholz.

    Navarro has homered in two straight contests, and is hitting .343 with seven RBIs in his last nine. He's 4 for 8 against Buchholz.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L1
    Last 105-56-4

    Pitching Matchup

    C. Buchholz
    8-11, 5.34 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs NYY
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss
    R. Dickey
    14-13, 3.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs BAL
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    1. S. Victorino, RF J. Reyes, SS
    2. D. Pedroia, 2B M. Cabrera, LF
    3. D. Ortiz, DH J. Bautista, 1B
    4. M. Napoli, 1B D. Navarro, DH
    5. D. Nava, LF C. Rasmus, CF
    6. X. Bogaerts, 3B M. Kawasaki, 3B
    7. S. Drew, SS J. Thole, C
    8. C. Vazquez, C R. Goins, 2B
    9. J. Bradley Jr., CF A. Gose, RF

    Research Notes

    David Ortiz: 455th career HR, moves into a tie with Adam Dunn for 35th all-time. Seven shy of tying Jose Canseco for 34th. Third straight game with a HR.
    David Ortiz now has 37 career home runs in Toronto, passing Alex Rodriguez for the most all-time by a visiting player in Toronto.
    David Ortiz's first-inning home run Wednesday was calculated at 425 feet. It is Ortiz's third 425+ foot home run at Rogers Centre in as many nights. His three such homers are the most by any visiting player at Rogers Centre this season.

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