It's been 22 years since the Blue Jays won the AL East, and with a successful weekend against the Red Sox, they can get their magic number to clinching the division down to a handful. With the Yankees beginning a Subway series, it'll be two very intriguing series to watch. The Jays will start with Marcus Stroman (1-0 5.40) who is making just his 2nd appearance this year after tearing his ACL in March. Toronto has been extremely impressive at home, going 19-5 since July 29th and this will being their final home-stand of the season.
The Red Sox will counter with Rick Porcello (8-12 5.06) who has pitched much better since coming off the disabled list last month, going 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA. The Sox are mixing up their outfield once again, but are putting a familiar face up the middle. Jackie Bradley Jr. finally gets to man Center as interim-manager Torey Lovullo has stated he wants to give Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo to try the corner outfield positions as well. It's been a clear shift towards playing this trio on a night to night basis in order for them to be more comfortable for next season, and both offensively and defensively, they've already begun to fit right in.
- Since coming back from the disabled list last week, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .379 with 3 homers in 6 games
- In his career, Stroman is 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA against the Red Sox
- Jays infielder Troy Tulowitzki is still awaiting a time frame to when he might be able to come back after a crack in his shoulder blade during a collision with a teammate
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