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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Felix Doubront returns

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The Red Sox will have Felix Doubront back on the mound as they try to end their home schedule with a win.

Winslow Townson

Felix Doubront will make his return to the rotation as the Red Sox finish up their home schedule for the regular season.

Boston Red Sox (94-62)

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Mike Carp, 1B
  5. Daniel Nava, LF
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Stephen Drew, SS
  8. Ryan Lavarnway, C
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront

Toronto Blue Jays (71-83)

  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Rajai Davis, CF
  3. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Moises Sierra, LF
  6. Mark DeRosa, DH
  7. Ryan Goins, 2B
  8. Kevin Pillar, RF
  9. Josh Thole, C

Starting Pitcher -- R.A. Dickey

On a team of disappointments, R.A. Dickey has to rank pretty high, having fallen dramatically from Cy Young heights to below league average. Boston has certainly not helped him any, either, scoring eight runs--seven of them earned--off him the only time they faced the knuckleballer, way back in April.

Of course, it's not a full lineup for the Sox, lacking both Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Having the left-handed Mike Carp in place of Napoli seems like a fine trade, even in September, but losing Saltalamacchia for Lavarnway is definitely a hit to take. A sacrifice made to get an extended rest for the man who has shouldered the majority of the catching duties all year long.

More likely to make the difference, though, is Felix Doubront. So good for so long, Felix fell off a cliff as he reached last year's innings total. He's had some rest now, but it's not certain whether he needed a couple of weeks, or an offseason. If the latter, this could get ugly. If the former, we might just have the man who allowed three-or-fewer earned runs in sixteen straight starts back on the mound.

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