Shane Victorino will miss yet another game, his back injury still lingering as the Red Sox head back to Toronto for their second series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
It's the first retread of the season, but not a bad place to head back to for Boston. It was here where Sox fans first started to believe there might be something to this team. Beating the Yankees in the year's first series was nice, to be sure, but little was expected of the Yankees while the Jays were thought of as AL East favorites.
Now, of course, things look a little different. The Jays are on bottom, the Yankees vying with the Orioles for second. And the Red Sox? Well, they're on top of them all. But if they're going to stay there, they're going to have to keep it up and not let up on the already struggling Jays.
Boston Red Sox (18-7)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Daniel Nava, RF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Mike Carp, LF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Will MIddlebrooks, 3B
- Stephen Drew, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Jon Lester
Toronto Blue Jays (9-17)
- Brett Lawrie, 3B
- Rajai Davis, DH
- Jose Bautista, RF
- Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
- Melky Cabrera, LF
- J.P. Arencibia, C
- Maicer Izturis, SS
- Colby Rasmus, CF
- Emilio Bonifacio, 2B
Starting Pitcher -- Brandon Morrow
The lineup looks a bit more frightening for the Blue Jays than when last we met. Joey Bats is back, and he and Edwin Encarnacion have been hitting homers left and right. Brett Lawrie has returned as well, though he's making even his disappointing 2012 look like a monster year so far.
On the other hand, Jose Reyes did a ton of damage to the Red Sox in the first series, and he won't be back for a long while yet. Add the fact that the Red Sox have Jon Lester on the mound tonight, and the Sox can't be feeling too bad about this game at all.
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