|BOSTON ( PEAVY )|
TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )
|969||BOSTON||+115||Ov 8.5,-105||+105||Ov 9,-105|
|970||TORONTO||-125||Un 8.5,-115||-115||Un 9,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-3||+1||4-4||4.9||0.239||0.349||5.4||0.257||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||5-2||4.7||0.251||0.326||6.6||0.300||0.376|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-8||+1.3||10-7||4.8||0.253||0.326||4.4||0.255||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||3-5||-2.8||5-3||4.7||0.259||0.334||6.0||0.268||0.370|
|4/11/2014||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-125||8 un||U||7||6||0||7||6||0|
|4/12/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-7||L||100||8.5 un||O||7||7||0||14||7||1|
|4/13/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||2-3||L||100||9 un||U||9||8||0||8||7||0|
|4/15/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||1-2||L||-140||8 un||U||3||6||1||5||10||0|
|4/16/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||6-4||W||-125||7.5 un||O||6||16||2||10||10||0|
|4/17/2014||LESTER(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-1||W||-105||7 un||U||5||6||0||8||6||0|
|4/22/2014||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||3-9||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||9||5||2||15||9||0|
|4/23/2014||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PINEDA(R)||5-1||W||-110||9 un||U||10||9||0||8||7||3|
|4/24/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-14||L||-120||8.5 ev||O||4||8||5||14||15||1|
|4/25/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|4/26/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||LESTER(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|4/29/2014||LACKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|4/30/2014||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||PEAVY(R)||TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|4/11/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||2-0||W||140||8.5 un||U||3||3||0||5||8||2|
|4/12/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||1-2||L||100||9 un||U||7||9||0||9||8||0|
|4/13/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||11-3||W||-110||9 un||O||17||8||1||8||7||0|
|4/15/2014||MORROW(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||9-3||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||14||9||1||7||11||1|
|4/17/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||0-7||L||-120||7.5 un||U||4||4||2||10||8||2|
|4/17/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||5-9||L||-130||8 un||O||8||11||0||8||10||2|
|4/18/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-2||W||130||7.5 ev||U||9||9||0||10||12||1|
|4/19/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||5-0||W||110||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||4||7||0|
|4/20/2014||MORROW(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||9||0||5||4||0|
|4/29/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/30/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|5/1/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Boston (10-12) at Toronto (11-10), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Mark Buehrle is chasing not only the best start to a season in his 15-year career, but also the best in the history of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The veteran left-hander looks to become the first in the majors with five victories when the Blue Jays open this three-game series with the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Buehrle (4-0, 0.64 ERA) has won his first four starts to match a personal best from 2002, when he finished with a career-high 19 victories for the Chicago White Sox. He also joined Jimmy Key (1991), Pat Hentgen ('93) and Gustavo Chacin (2006) as the only Toronto pitchers to begin a season with four straight wins.
The 35-year-old has been nothing short of dominant, putting together the lowest ERA in baseball and getting 19 strikeouts against only five walks over 28 innings of work.
"I haven't changed anything in 10 or 11 years," Buehrle said. "I'm not going to keep asking questions. I'm going to go out there and run with it and see what happens."
Buehrle was outstanding again Saturday, yielding four hits in seven-plus innings of a 5-0 win at Cleveland.
"He's just locked in right now," manager Jay Gibbons told the team's official website. "He even admitted in spring training he hadn't felt this good in a long time. But he competes, he's a great competitor."
Buehrle has won his last two starts against the Red Sox (10-13), allowing two runs in 13 innings. He gave up one run and scattered 10 hits over seven innings of a 2-1 victory in Toronto on Aug. 15.
A similar outing could help the Blue Jays (11-11) avoid their first three-game slide after an 11-4 loss to Baltimore on Thursday.
Star shortstop Jose Reyes went 0 for 4 and is 5 for 24 (.208) with one double, one homer and four RBIs in five games since returning from a hamstring injury. Reyes is 0 for 13 over his last three at home against Boston after going 8 for 12 in the previous three.
The Red Sox have dropped three of four, thanks in large part to an overall 5.25 ERA and a 6.62 mark from the starting rotation.
The defense didn't do Felix Doubront any favors with a season-high five errors Thursday as he surrendered seven runs - three earned - before being pulled with two outs in the third inning of a 14-5 loss to the New York Yankees.
"Every team goes through slumps hitting, goes through slumps defensively," shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. "It's part of the game. We're definitely going to get better."
Jake Peavy (0-0, 3.33) takes the mound for Boston on Friday, his fifth chance to earn his first win. The veteran right-hander gave up season highs of five runs and 10 hits with five walks - one intentional - in 5 2-3 innings while not getting a decision in a 6-5 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
He had a 1.93 ERA over his first four outings, and perhaps a meeting with the Jays can get him untracked. Peavy has a 2.29 ERA while going 2-1 over his last five starts against them, but he was the hard-luck loser opposite Buehrle on Aug. 15. He allowed two runs in six innings, but the Red Sox went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Dustin Pedroia owns a .364 average in 33 at-bats against Buehrle after going 5 for 12 last year. He's entering this meeting 10 for 28 (.357) with five doubles in seven games.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 7:34:41 AM EST|