American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (27-25) at Toronto Blue Jays (27-25), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Felix Doubront (5-2, 3.86)
Toronto - Kyle Drabek (4-5, 4.55)
(Sports Network) - Righty Kyle Drabek will try to redeem himself today as he
takes the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays as they host the Boston Red Sox for
the second of three games in an American League East showdown at the Rogers
Toronto saw its three-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night as it
fell 7-2 to the Red Sox due to a four-run seventh inning by the visitors in
the series opener. Boston's left fielder David Nava extended his hitting
streak to five games by going 4-of-5 with three doubles and the same number of
runs scored. David Ortiz helped power Boston's offense by hitting his 13th
home run of the season to open up scoring and drove in another run later in
the contest. Adrian Gonzales was also effective on Friday and finished with
Drabek will have the task of turning the series around today. He gave up a
career-high nine runs in his last outing to the mighty bats of the Texas
Rangers. He struggled with his control and let the game get away with a seven-
run second inning.
"Had to show up for the team, and I didn't do that," said Drabek after his
last start. "We needed a big win, to go home with a win. We ended up getting
some runs, but I just wasn't there for the team."
Drabek also gave up eight hits in what was the shortest start of his career.
The former Phillies first-round pick had won two games in a row before being
shelled by Texas.
David Cooper made an impression for Toronto with an opposite-field homer, his
first of the season, late in last night's game, but the Blue Jays went 0-for-8
with runners in scoring position and left eight on base as a team. Leadoff man
Kelly Johnson has gone 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts over his last two games.
Boston had to be pleased with Clay Buchholz performance as he went eight
strong innings with seven strikeouts and only two surrendered runs.
Felix Doubront will be taking the mound today for Boston with the intention of
replicating Buchholz's success. The left-hander has been very consistent for
the Red Sox this season and leads the team with 59 strikeouts. Doubront earned
a winning decision his last time out by going six innings and only
surrendering two runs to the Detroit Tigers. Both of the runs given up to
Detroit were off of solo home runs. The 24-year old starter comes in winning
three of his last four games.
"Every outing I'm learning more how to approach the hitters, and today I think
I was more focused on throwing the ball for strikes and getting the hitters
out quickly," Doubront said following his last start.
The Red Sox offense did not miss a beat despite being without Dustin Pedroia
for the fourth straight game on Friday. Kevin Youkilis was also out of the
lineup with a day off.
Toronto and Boston are currently tied for fourth place in the American League
East and both are three games back of the division-leading Rays going into
Boston, which has won 15 of its last 21 games, leads the major leagues with
207 extra base hits, including 137 doubles.
06/02 10:35:27 ET