Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 7/28)

Game 1: Monday, July 28
Game 2: Tuesday, July 29
Game 3: Wednesday, July 30

Blue Jays 14

(57-50, 27-27 away)

Red Sox 1

(48-58, 26-27 home)

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    7:00 PM ET, July 28, 2014

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: R. Dickey (9-10)

    L: C. Buchholz (5-7)

    Blue Jays-Red Sox Preview

    The Boston Red Sox admitted last week that R.A. Dickey's knuckleballer can be tough to decipher.

    An exception for them to that this year has been Xander Bogaerts, who was just given a rest as he works through some issues with his swing.

    Dickey tries again to baffle the Red Sox, who will likely have Bogaerts back in the lineup Monday night at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Toronto (56-50) took three of four from Boston last week to improve to 7-3 in the season series, with Dickey (8-10, 4.04 ERA) beating Clay Buchholz in last Wednesday's 6-4 victory. Those two starters will meet again in the opener of this three-game set.

    Dickey allowed a three-run homer in the first inning to David Ortiz before yielding one run over his final five innings to improve to 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox (48-57) this year. He has one walk and 11 strikeouts in those outings.

    "That knuckleball is so unpredictable," said Boston first baseman Mike Napoli, who is 2 for 6 off Dickey this year. "We had it going early then he kind of shut us down."

    Ortiz is 5 for 15 in his career against Dickey, who has started at Fenway Park once -- a complete game in a 5-2 loss Sept. 22. But Ortiz is 1 for 3 against the right-hander this year, which pales in comparison to how Bogaerts has gone 4 for 6 with two doubles.

    Boston manager John Farrell gave Bogaerts the day off from Sunday's 3-2 win at Tampa Bay. The third baseman is hitting .142 over his last 28 games.

    "(He's) trying to keep some momentum going with the adjustments he's continuing to work on daily," Farrell told MLB's official website. "We've seen it gain a little traction inside of a given game, but occasionally there's some reversion back to him being a little bit quick to the front side -- some of the same challenges that he's been facing for some time now."

    Bogaerts' .333 career average against Toronto is his highest against any AL club.

    Buchholz (5-6, 5.50) looks to recover after he lost for the first time in three starts Wednesday, allowing five runs in six innings. He walked four and struck out one.

    "I let that lead go," Buchholz said. "I'll take the blame for this one, for sure."

    The Blue Jays have won the last five times he has started against them at Fenway, with the right-hander going 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA in that span. Buchholz is 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA in three outings against Toronto this year.

    It's unclear if Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind, out since July 7 with a broken foot, will be activated. He's a .348 hitter off Buchholz.

    Jose Reyes is 13 for 39 in his last nine games, scoring one run in each of his last six.

    The Blue Jays took the final two games of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium, winning 5-4 on Sunday. The Red Sox ended a five-game slide Sunday, as Ortiz homered for the fifth time in seven games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L1
    Last 106-45-5

    Pitching Matchup

    R. Dickey
    14-13, 3.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs BAL
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Loss
    C. Buchholz
    8-11, 5.34 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs NYY
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

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

    Research Notes

    Melky Cabrera's 3rd career multi-home run game was also the 3rd multi-home run game by a Blue Jay in 4 games at Fenway Park this season. That actually accounts for all of the multi-home runs games by ANY player at Fenway this season.
    Melky Cabrera (TOR): 3rd career multi-HR game; tied career high in HR (2) and RBI (5)
    The Blue Jays scored 9 runs in the 6th inning against the Red Sox. It's the second time this season they've scored 9 runs in an inning. All other teams have done it once combined.
    The Blue Jays have won all 4 meetings with the Red Sox at Fenway Park this season and it hasn't been close. The Blue Jays have outscored the Red Sox in Boston by a combined 23 runs. The Blue Jays have 10 home runs at Fenway, including 4 each for Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion. And look at the starting pitchers ERA in those 4 games -- 2.92 for the Blue Jays and 10.35 for the Red Sox.

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