|BOSTON ( BUCHHOLZ )|
TORONTO ( DICKEY )
|917||BOSTON||-105||Ov 8.5,-120||-105||Ov 8.5,+100|
|918||TORONTO||-105||Un 8.5,+100||-105||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-34||-11||26-37||3.9||0.249||0.317||3.8||0.253||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||6.1||0.333||0.394||2.3||0.213||0.253|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-34||+4.5||35-36||4.6||0.261||0.325||4.5||0.263||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||3.6||0.274||0.317||6.0||0.296||0.353|
|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)||3-7||L||-115||9 un||O||11||9||0||13||7||0|
|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||STROMAN(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/30/2014|| ||@ 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 (47-52) at Toronto (51-49), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Clay Buchholz wasn't sharp in his last outing for the Boston Red Sox, but he's pitched relatively well since coming off the disabled list a month ago.
The right-hander has usually been on his game in Toronto.
Looking to win a third straight start, Buchholz tries to continue his road success against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Buchholz (5-5, 5.46 ERA) went 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts before a hyperextended knee kept him out a month, but since returning is 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA and one walk in five outings. He allowed four runs and 10 hits over six innings but came out ahead in Friday's 5-4 win over Kansas City.
He had a 3.72 ERA while losing his first two starts at Toronto (52-49), but is 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in the last nine there. He gave up three runs in seven innings of a 7-6 victory at Rogers Centre on April 26.
His most recent outing versus Toronto came at Fenway Park on May 21, when he allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-4 defeat to fall to 0-3 with a 4.18 ERA in his last five there versus Toronto.
Boston (47-53) averaged 6.3 runs while winning eight of nine but didn't score until the eighth inning Tuesday, when its five-game winning streak ended with a 7-3 loss. David Ortiz and Stephen Drew each homered for the second straight night.
Ortiz is 4 for 10 with three homers in the series after going 1 for 17 in his previous four games. Five of the seven hits in his last 32 at-bats against the Blue Jays have been home runs.
His 36 homers at Rogers Centre match Alex Rodriguez for the most by a visiting player.
"He's very comfortable hitting in this ballpark," manager John Farrell said.
Ortiz is 4 for 12 with two doubles and a homer against R.A. Dickey (7-10, 3.95), who yielded a run in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-1 home victory over Boston on April 27.
Looking to avoid a third straight losing start, the right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.56 ERA in four home outings since posting a 2.33 ERA during a four-start winning streak there. He allowed five runs over seven innings of a 5-1 loss to Texas there Friday.
Though Dickey has a 3.54 ERA in losing six of his last seven while getting just 12 runs of support, he's only focused on himself.
"I have a hard enough time tending to my own garden," Dickey said.
"If I can just concentrate on being me and hopefully I'll get us deep into the ballgame with a chance to win the game. That's all I can do. And that's all I try to do."
Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro each homered Tuesday for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four after losing nine of 11.
Reyes is 7 for 17 with four RBIs in the last four games, and is 5 for 14 versus Buchholz.
Navarro has homered in two straight contests, and is hitting .343 with seven RBIs in his last nine. He's 4 for 8 against Buchholz.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 9:17:46 PM EST|