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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Mike Napoli still out sick

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Mike Napoli's sickness lingers, putting Daniel Nava at first and Brock Holt in right.

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Mike Napoli is out of the lineup with illness for the second straight day, leaving Daniel Nava to reprise his role at first base against Drew Hutchison and the Blue Jays.

Boston Red Sox (11-9)

  1. Mookie Betts, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
  5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  6. Daniel Nava, 1B
  7. Brock Holt, RF
  8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  9. Ryan Hanigan, C

Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz

Toronto Blue Jays (9-11)

  1. Devon Travis, 2B
  2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  3. Jose Bautista, DH
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Michael Saunders, RF
  7. Danny Valencia, LF
  8. Kevin Pillar, CF
  9. Ryan Goins, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Drew Hutchison

Another day, another young, unproven starter from the Blue Jays. Aaron Sanchez proved hittable in his  outing, but managed to limit the Red Sox to a reasonable four runs--three earned--in 5.2 innings of work, striking out a season-high seven batters in the process.

That would be about the norm for Drew Hutchison, but only if we're taking averages. Hutchison, frankly, seems like he'd fit the mold of a Boston starter so far this season. Between his first and last start, he produced 14 innings of three-run ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks against the Orioles and Jays. In his other two, he's allowed eleven runs, not managing to escape the fifth either time.

Hutchison is not alone in looking to maintain momentum on the mound. Clay Buchholz is coming off a strong start in Tampa that saw him allow just two hits in his six innings of work, striking out a full ten batters--more than he's produced since his complete-game shutout on July 13 last year. Perhaps with another good start, Buchholz can begin to make fans forget about that disaster outing in New York that sent off alarms throughout Boston.

First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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