7:07 PM ET, August 13, 2013
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Boston: Dempster (6-8, 4.67 ERA)
Toronto: Redmond (1-1, 4.22 ERA)
After having a very difficult time in the most recent stop away from home, the Boston Red Sox will try to recover by continuing their recent success versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
However, Boston is probably going to need a better outing from Ryan Dempster in tonight’s series opener versus Toronto.
After taking two of three from the Houston Astros to start its 10-game trek, the Red Sox dropped three of four to the Kansas City Royals after its rally attempt fell short in a 4-3 loss Sunday. Boston (71-49), who trailed 4-1 after three innings, remained three games ahead of slumping the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East lead.
The Red Sox might have a better showing at Toronto, where it has won four consecutive series while going 8-4. Boston has hit 16 homers in six games there this MLB season.
In addition, Boston took three of four from Toronto in the teams’ most recent matchup June 27-30 at Fenway Park.
The Blue Jays (54-64) entered that series having won 12 of 14 and one game above .500 but haven’t been able to make it past the break-even mark since then, going 15-26.
Boston and their many online sports betting fans would like for Dempster (6-8, 4.67 ERA) to give the Blue Jays a hard time, a team that has lost four of five, while turning around his recent difficulties. The 36 year-old has a 7.27 ERA in his last five starts, though the Red Sox have won them all.
Dempster will start versus Todd Redmond (1-1, 4.22), who is being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to rejoin the rotation because Josh Johnson is dealing with arm soreness.
The right-hander was 1-0 with a 4.44 ERA in five starts after being called up for the second time this season July 3. Redmond was sent down after needing 92 pitches to get through 3 2/3 innings in a 7-5 defeat versus the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 2.