American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 13th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (71-49) at Toronto Blue Jays (54-64), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.67)
Toronto - Todd Redmond (1-1, 4.22)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox are in search of some consistency and
hope an upcoming series with the Toronto Blue Jays will help.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays will open a three-game AL East set Tuesday from
Rogers Centre and Boston owns an 8-5 mark in the season series.
Boston is 3-4 on its 10-game road trip and lost three of four at Kansas City
over the weekend, dropping Sunday's finale by a 4-3 score. John Lackey was
saddled with the loss and he surrendered all four runs in seven innings. He
was outdueled by James Shields, who allowed three runs -- two earned -- in
"It was a grind early," Lackey said. "I wasn't feeling really great. I had a
couple of 3-2 counts and didn't make my pitch."
Ryan Lavarnway had two hits and two RBI for the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury went
0-for-5 in defeat, ending a 21-game hitting streak against the Royals. Stephen
Drew extended his season-high hit streak to 12 games with two hits.
Taking the mound for the Red Sox up north will be Ryan Dempster. The veteran
right-hander is 2-0 in his last eight starts and the Red Sox are 7-1 in that
span, winning his past five appearances. Dempster has not recorded a decision
in back-to-back outings and has allowed 12 runs in that time. In a 7-5 win at
Houston last Wednesday, Dempster struck out seven, did not walk a batter and
yielded five runs in six frames.
Dempster is 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 23 starts this season and 1-1 with a 5.10
ERA in six career games, five of which have been starts, against Toronto.
Toronto has lost two in a row and four of five games, and will resume its
seven-game homestand Tuesday night.
The Jays lost three of four to the visiting Oakland Athletics and suffered a
5-1 loss in Monday's series finale. Oakland rallied for four runs in the top
of the ninth and Casey Janssen permitted all four of those runs to take the
"It just kind of snowballed on me," Janssen said about the inning.
J.A. Happ's start was spoiled by the bullpen and he tossed seven innings of
one-run ball in the no-decision.
Jose Bautista had the only RBI and Brett Lawrie led the Blue Jays with a pair
of hits in defeat. Lawrie has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
Todd Redmond will handle pitching duties for Toronto Tuesday and he is 1-1
with a 4.22 ERA in eight games (5 starts). He hasn't posted a decision in four
straight outings and gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-5 loss at the
LA Angels on Aug. 2.
Redmond will face the Red Sox for the first time in his career.
08/13 10:33:45 ET