Major League Baseball
Preview
Toronto at Boston
When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, July 28, 2014
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

The Toronto Blue Jays look to take advantage of the sinking Boston Red Sox for the second time in a week as they open a three-game series in Boston on Monday. Toronto took three of four at home against the Red Sox to begin last week before winning two of three at the New York Yankees over the weekend, pulling to within three games of first-place Baltimore in the American League East. Overall, the Blue Jays have won seven of nine following a 2-9 stretch.

After dropping the final three games in Toronto, Boston lost two of three at Tampa Bay to extend its misery. The defending world champs scored 14 runs over the final six games of their road trip after producing 14 in the opener of the trek. The Blue Jays swept three straight by a combined score of 20-10 in their last visit to Boston in May.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, SNET (Toronto), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP:
Blue Jays RH R.A. Dickey (8-10, 4.04 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Clay Buchholz (5-6, 5.50)

Dickey got the win after allowing four runs and nine hits in six innings against Boston on Wednesday, just the second victory in his last eight decisions. The knuckleballer has worked at least six innings in eight consecutive starts while striking out at least five in each of his last seven outings. Dickey also let up a run in 6 1/3 solid innings to defeat the Red Sox at home on April 27 but he is 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA in five career games (one start) at Fenway Park.

Buchholz had seemingly turned a corner after a rocky, injury-marred start to his season, but has been more pedestrian in his last two starts. He has given up eight earned runs on 16 hits and four walks over 12 innings in those outings, including six frames opposite Dickey last week. The 29-year-old has a 6.32 ERA in seven home starts, allowing 52 hits in 37 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox DH David Ortiz had five home runs and 12 RBIs on his team's seven-game road trip.

2. Blue Jays 1B/3B Juan Francisco went 5-for-12 with two homers, a triple and five RBIs in his last three games.

3. Boston is 18-27 against the AL East and .500 against all other opponents.

PREDICTION: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Toronto 56-50 W2 30-23 26-27 23-19 13-13 11-12 9-6
Boston 48-57 W1 26-26 22-31 18-27 14-15 10-9 6-6
Last Meeting
Toronto Boston
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/24/14 BOS 0 TOR 8 .412 1 1.164 .040 0 .240
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto M. Cabrera .400 16 1.180
Boston X. Bogaerts .361 13 .962
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto E. Encarnacion 4 5 11
Boston D. Ortiz 5 6 9
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 4.60 .296 73
Boston 5.44 .273 62
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto M. Cabrera .311 134 .832
Boston M. Napoli .274 81 .837
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto E. Encarnacion 26 57 70
Boston D. Ortiz 25 42 76
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 4.13 .262 766
Boston 3.82 .248 837