|BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )|
TORONTO ( MORROW )
|917||BOSTON||-105||Ov 8.5,-120||-105||Ov 9,+100|
|918||TORONTO||-105||Un 8.5,+100||-105||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-10||-7.8||5-10||3.3||0.237||0.293||4.2||0.279||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||4-3||5.3||0.270||0.345||5.6||0.276||0.350|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-9||+0.2||10-8||4.6||0.249||0.322||4.6||0.265||0.347|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||4-3||4.9||0.267||0.336||5.7||0.285||0.369|
|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)||8-1||W||100||9.5 un||U||16||12||0||6||6||1|
|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)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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||MORROW(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Boston (10-13) at Toronto (11-11), 1:07 p.m. EDT
A year ago, Clay Buchholz won his first six starts and suffered one loss in 16 outings during an injury-shortened season for the Boston Red Sox.
Set to make his fifth start of 2014, the right-hander is still searching for that first victory.
Coming off one of the worst starts of his career, Buchholz hopes to rebound by continuing his road success against the struggling Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
Buchholz (0-2, 7.71 ERA) allowed five runs and struck out 47 while going 6-0 to begin a 2013 season that saw him finish 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA after missing three months with a neck strain.
It's been the complete opposite this season for Buchholz, who has allowed six runs twice - including all during a third inning he never finished in a 7-6 home loss to Baltimore on Monday.
Buchholz has had trouble regaining his arm strength after dealing with shoulder problems last regular season and fatigue issues during the playoffs.
"It feels like it's getting better," he told the Red Sox's official website. "I'm struggling with (late-inning velocity) a little bit right now. But that'll come together.
"It's still pretty early. We still have a lot of time left in this first half to pull it all together and go from there."
Buchholz certainly seems to have figured out how to pitch in homer-happy Toronto. He's 7-0 with a 1.11 ERA in his last eight at Rogers Centre, and he's only given up two career homers there in 66 1-3 innings.
He yielded two hits over seven scoreless innings of a 10-1 win in his only appearance there in 2013.
The Red Sox (11-13) recovered from a 3-4 homestand versus Baltimore and the New York Yankees with an 8-1 win Friday. David Ortiz homered as Boston set season highs with 16 hits and nine extra-base hits while sending Toronto (11-12) to a third consecutive defeat.
"We executed on all sides of the ball," said winning pitcher Jake Peavy, who allowed a run in seven innings. "We need to put those efforts together consistently now."
Dustin Pedroia, who had a pair of hits, is batting .364 in the last eight games and is 9 for 21 in his last four at Rogers Centre.
He's 12 for 23 with four doubles and two home runs against Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.03), who is 1-3 with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts against the Red Sox - including 0-1 with a 9.13 ERA in five at home.
Morrow has yet to last more than six innings in any of his four 2014 starts. He gave up two runs in five while not factoring in the decision of a 6-4 loss at Cleveland on Sunday.
Ortiz is 7 for 17 with three homers and a double against him.
Toronto pitchers have a 9.00 ERA and have allowed six home runs and walked 13 during the team's season-high three-game skid that's come at home.
Juan Francisco homered and had two of the six hits Friday for the Blue Jays. He's 7 for 20 in six games since he was called up from the minors last Saturday.
Teammate Edwin Encarnacion, who went 0 for 3 with a walk and three strikeouts Friday, is 1 for 21 versus Buchholz.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:47:50 PM EST|