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Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019


On a night when Major League Baseball's all-time single season home run record was set, the Boston Red Sox continued to stagger to the finish line, managing a pair of singles in a lopsided loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. The visiting Red Sox will try to halt a five-game losing streak and avoid a three-game sweep in the series finale against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.

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Defending World Series champion Boston was blanked for the second time in three days and has scored nine runs during the five-game slide to all but bury its fleeting wild-card hopes. The Red Sox also saw their majors-best streak of 159 games with an extra-base hit snapped just two shy of tying the second-longest mark in baseball history. Blue Jays designated hitter Rowdy Tellez swatted his second homer in as many nights to give him seven in 11 games this season against the Red Sox. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who was 5-for-30 in his previous nine games, collected three RBIs as Toronto won its second in a row following a seven-game slide.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), TVA, Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.60 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Clay Buchholz (1-4, 5.31)

Chacin was picked up by the Red Sox following his release from Milwaukee and served as the opener in his Boston debut against the New York Yankees on Friday, striking out four batters and not allowing a run or a hit in his two-inning stint. The 31-year-old Venezuelan, who went 0-7 over his last seven starts with the Brewers, also tossed a scoreless inning of relief against the Yankees on Sunday. Chacin, who will be making his first appearance against the Blue Jays, has held Brandon Drury to 1-for-5.

Buchholz, who spent 10 seasons with Boston and won a career-high 17 games in 2010, withstood a shaky first two innings and wound up charged with four runs (three earned) over six frames in a loss at Tampa Bay last time out. He tossed 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a no-decision versus Houston in his previous turn and permitted two runs over six innings in a loss at Seattle on Aug. 25. Mitch Moreland is 4-for-8 with a home run against Buchholz, who will face his former team for the first time.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blue Jays rookie 2B Cavan Biggio set a franchise record with his 11th straight stolen base to start his career.

2. Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers has hit safely in four straight overall and is batting .426 (29-for-68) versus Toronto this season.

3. Blue Jays RF Randal Grichuk is two RBIs shy of matching his career high of 68 from 2016.

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Stadium

Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario, CAN.
Capacity: 52,383

Last Injuries

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Matt Shoemaker

    Knee
    Prob March 26 | probable

    Shoemaker is recuperating from a torn ACL in his left knee, but it is projected that he will be ready for the season opener versus the Red Sox.

  • Ryan Borucki

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | out

    Borucki is sidelined with left elbow tightness, and he is without a timetable for return.

Boston Red Sox

  • Dustin Pedroia

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Pedroia suffered a setback in his recovery from a left knee injury and is now on the 60-day injured list for an undetermined length of time.

  • Alex Verdugo

    Back
    Out indefinitely | out

    Verdugo is nursing a stress fracture in his back. A timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Chris Sale

    Illness
    Ques March 26 | questionable

    Sale is recovering from a bout of pneumonia, and it is unclear if he will be ready to face the Blue Jays in the season opener.