American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 1st
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (26-25) at Toronto Blue Jays (27-24), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.19)
Toronto - Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 3.56)
(Sports Network) - Boston righty Clay Buchholz tries to build upon his best
start of the season this evening when the Red Sox open a three-game set with
the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Buchholz didn't get a decision on Sunday against Tampa Bay, but allowed just
two runs and eight hits and struck out six in seven innings of his team's 4-3
loss. It was just the third time in 10 starts this season that Buchholz had
allowed less than five runs.
"The big thing was, I stayed out of the middle of the plate, for the most
part," said Buchholz, who is 4-2 with a 7.19 ERA. "When I missed I missed off
the plate, either away or in. I felt like I was able to throw almost all my
pitches for strikes at some point during the game. I felt this good my past
three starts, I just hadn't had the results."
Buchholz has a terrific chance of putting another impressive outing on the
board, as he is 7-3 lifetime versus the Blue Jays with a 2.58 ERA in 12 games
(11 starts). He's been even better in Toronto, where he is 5-2 with a 1.62 ERA
in seven starts.
Boston will be trying to get back into the win column tonight after failing to
complete a four-game sweep of Detroit, as it dropped a 7-3 decision to the
Tigers on Thursday at Fenway Park.
Josh Beckett (4-5), who had allowed only three runs in his previous three
starts, gave up four runs on 10 hits with just one strikeout over seven
Toronto, meanwhile, comes into tonight's tilt riding high after sweeping the
Baltimore Orioles. The Jays completed the hat trick with a 4-1 win on
Colby Rasmus homered in the win and is batting .333 with three home runs and
seven RBI in his last 10 games after going hitless in his 17 prior at-bats.
Getting the call for the Jays tonight will be righty Henderson Alvarez, who is
3-4 with a 3.56 ERA and is winless in his last three starts. Alvarez did not
get a decision on Saturday in Texas, as he was hit for five runs (4 earned)
and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. ALvarez was ejected from the game after
throwing inside on Ian Kinsler after serving up back-to-back-to-back home
Alvarez has faced the Red Sox twice without getting a decision, but has
surrendered just one run in 12 innings of work against them.
The Blue Jays took two of three from the Red Sox earlier in the season.
06/01 10:39:37 ET