Jays open home series against Boston

TORONTO [PeterPaul.ca] – The Toronto Blue Jays open a six-game home stand Tuesday against a surging Boston Red Sox team after going 1-6 in their latest road trip when they batted .223 with 12 home runs and lost by a run differential of -7 during the trip.

“It’s going to get better and I still expect us to be a contending team,” said Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos on Sunday.

“We’ve seen flashes of how good these guys can be, it’s a matter of putting it all together. There’s no question, we’ll go on a run, we’ll get hot and everyone is going to get excited again,” he added.

The Jays send right-hander Brendon Morrow [0-2 / 5.27 ERA in 2013] who has logged six quality starts in his last eight games at Rogers Centre. The Red Sox counter with lefty Jon Lester [4-0 / 2.27 ERA in 2013] who pitched 7 innings of no-run ball with six strikeouts in his last start at Rogers Centre on April 7.

All time, the Jays are 234-290 against the Red Sox with an 84-103 record at Rogers Centre. They have lost a season-high four straight games and are very close to tying their worst start in 2008 when they had 18 losses. The Jays are 9-17 entering Tuesday’s contest.

Following is the projected Blue Jays lineup for Tuesday’s game which doesn’t become official until it is handed to the home plate umpire prior to the first pitch.

Lawrie, 3B
Davis, DH
Bautista, RF
Encarnacion, 1B
Cabrera, LF
Arencibia, C
Izturis, SS
Rasmus, CF
Bonifacio, 2B

The Boston Red Sox projected lineup follows:

Ellsbury, CF
Nava, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Carp, LF
Saltalamacchia, C
Middlebrooks, 3B
Drew, SS

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