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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

  • Tim Mayza

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Mayza is likely miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list due to Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

  • Bo Bichette

    Concussion
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Bichette left the previous game as a precaution to be evaluated for a concussion. It is uncertain if he will be in Friday's lineup versus the Yankees.

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Ribs
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Guerrero Jr. departed the previous game with a left rib injury but is expected to suit up against the Orioles on Thursday.

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Guerrero Jr. is not expected to play Sunday against the Yankees due to a day of rest.

  • Luke Maile

    Oblique
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Maile has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list after a strained left oblique, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Yankees.

  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

    Quadricep
    Prob Sat | probable

    Gurriel Jr. has been activated from the 10-day injured list after a Grade 1 left quadriceps strain and is expected to return Saturday to face the Yankees.

  • Elvis Luciano

    Elbow
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Luciano has been activated from the 60-day injured list after a right elbow sprain. He is projected to return Thursday against the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox

  • Sam Travis

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | out

    Travis has been placed in the concussion protocol, and there is no definitive timetable for return.

  • Heath Hembree

    Elbow
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Hembree is on the 10-day injured list due to right lateral elbow inflammation. It is uncertain if he will be activated during the latter part of September.

  • David Price

    Wrist
    out for season | out

    Price is out of commission with a cyst in his wrist and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Brock Holt

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Holt sat out the previous game due to an illness but will likely suit up against the Giants on Tuesday.

  • Steven Wright

    Toe
    Late Sept | 60-day IL

    Wright has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a right big toe contusion. He also received a PRP injection in his right elbow and is likely to remain on the IL until at least the latter part of September.

  • Andrew Benintendi

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Benintendi is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Phillies as he is likely to be given a day of rest.

  • Steve Pearce

    Back
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Pearce has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He has suffered a partially torn PCL in his rehabilitation and is projected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Rafael Devers

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Devers is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Blue Jays as he is likely to be given a day of rest.