Game 44: Blue Jays at Red Sox - Sox REALLY need a win

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Red Sox will try to snap a 4-game losing streak tonight at Fenway Park when they welcome the Toronto Blue Jays in for the first game of a three-game series. Boston is coming off a weekend series sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers while Toronto is in 3rd place in the American League East and a game over .500.

Felix Doubront gets the call to be the stopper. A win would even his record at 3-3; he enters tonight's action with a 2-3 record and a 4.54 ERA. He'll be opposed by J.A. Happ who is 2-1, 3.57 ERA so far this year.

The big pre-game buzz is that the Red Sox have signed Stephen Drew to a one-year $14 million pro-rated deal that is said to work out to about $10.2 million. Drew is not in the lineup this evening but it's expected that he'll be the everyday shortstop with Xander Bogaerts moving over to 3rd base.

Here is the Red Sox (20-23) lineup for tonight's game (first pitch - 7:10 pm ET):

1) Pedroia 2B
2) Victorino RF
3) Ortiz DH
4) Napoli 1B
5) Gomes LF
6) Bogaerts SS
7) Holt 3B
8) Ross C
9) Bradley Jr., CF

Doubront, P

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