|BOSTON ( PEAVY )|
TORONTO ( HAPP )
|965||BOSTON||+100||Ov 9,-110||-115||Ov 9,+105|
|966||TORONTO||-110||Un 9,-110||+105||Un 9,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-18||-5.2||14-19||4.1||0.249||0.325||4.7||0.259||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.7||4-3||6.9||0.337||0.404||1.7||0.187||0.234|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-34||+3.4||34-36||4.6||0.259||0.323||4.5||0.263||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||4-3||3.7||0.264||0.313||6.3||0.296||0.358|
|7/8/2014||WORKMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||3-8||L||-170||9.5 ov||O||10||9||2||12||6||0|
|7/9/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||5-4||W||+105||7.5 ov||O||9||7||1||10||4||0|
|7/10/2014||LESTER(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-160||8 un||U||3||3||0||10||8||0|
|7/11/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||8-3||W||-130||7.5 un||O||12||6||1||7||10||1|
|7/12/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||2-3||L||-130||8.5 un||U||13||9||1||8||7||0|
|7/13/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||11-0||W||-130||8 ev||O||16||11||0||3||3||3|
|7/18/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||5-4||W||-120||8 un||O||10||8||2||12||8||1|
|7/19/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-1||W||-130||8 un||U||6||6||1||5||7||1|
|7/20/2014||LESTER(L)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||6-0||W||-155||7.5 un||U||9||10||0||4||6||1|
|7/21/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||14-1||W||-105||8.5 un||O||18||5||0||3||2||0|
|7/22/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|7/23/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||DE LA ROSA(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/26/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/29/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|7/8/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||4-0||W||160||8 un||U||14||7||0||5||5||0|
|7/9/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||7-8||L||135||8 un||O||12||12||1||10||5||3|
|7/11/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||8-5||W||125||7 ov||O||11||7||0||11||9||0|
|7/12/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-10||L||110||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||12||9||1|
|7/13/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||0-3||L||170||6.5 un||U||5||5||0||6||8||0|
|7/24/2014||STROMAN(R)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/26/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)|| |
|7/28/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|7/29/2014|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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 (46-52) at Toronto (51-48), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Paced by a productive offense, the Boston Red Sox continue to build confidence amid their current surge.
Coming off their highest-scoring game of the season, the visiting Red Sox look for a sixth consecutive victory Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
A winner in eight of nine since losing seven of eight, Boston (47-52) owns a 38-6 scoring advantage while batting .333 during a five-game winning streak that has helped pull the club out of last place in the AL East.
"There's good energy throughout," manager John Farrell said.
David Ortiz hit two of the Red Sox's four home runs Monday and they also recorded a season-high 18 hits in the 14-1 rout of Toronto (51-49).
"Our offense is kind of coming along lately," said Ortiz, who was 1 for 17 in his previous four games. "There's no better time for it."
Ortiz's 453rd career home run in the fifth moved him past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place all-time. He's 5 for 27 in his last seven games against the Blue Jays, but four of those hits were home runs.
Teammate Mike Napoli is 7 for 12 in his last three games and has homered in two straight. He's 8 for 16 versus Toronto in 2014.
Jake Peavy (1-8, 4.59 ERA) allowed seven runs in 5 2-3 innings of his first start against the Blue Jays in 2010, but is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six outings since. He yielded a homer to Juan Francisco and four other hits in seven innings of an 8-1 victory at Rogers Centre on April 25.
Since then, the right-hander has gone 0-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 14 starts.
Peavy, however, has a 2.84 ERA despite going 0-2 and receiving three runs of support while on the mound in his last three. He gave up three runs and struck out nine in seven innings of a 3-2 loss at Houston on July 12.
"It's not even the run support, it's just finding a way to win on that day," Peavy told MLB's official website. "I've pitched in tight games my whole career and found a way to put us in better situations to win those tight games."
Francisco, who is 2 for 3 versus Peavy, had the lone RBI and one of the three hits Monday for Toronto, which is tied for second in the East after going 13-25 since entering June 7 with a six-game division lead.
"The best thing about (Monday's game) is it's over with," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has not homered in 14 straight games and is 3 for 20 in his last six. He's 4 for 20 without a homer against Peavy.
J.A. Happ (7-5, 4.91) is making his first start since giving up five runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on July 7, but gave up two runs and three hits in 2-3 innings of relief at Tampa Bay on July 12.
The left-hander is 2-2 with a 5.47 ERA in five starts versus Boston. He prevailed at Fenway Park on May 20 despite giving up four runs in five innings of a 7-4 victory.
While Napoli is 3 for 6 versus Happ, Ortiz is 0 for 4 against him.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 6:35:41 PM EST|