(Sports Network) - While the Boston Red Sox prepare for their postseason
journey, the Toronto Blue Jays are just trying to establish some positive
momentum for next season.
That includes hurler R.A. Dickey, who takes the mound for the Blue Jays on
Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of a three-game set with the AL East-
champion Red Sox.
Dickey, who is set to match his career high of 33 starts set last season, has
gone 13-12 with a 4.21 earned run average in his first season with the Blue
Jays, but is 4-0 over his last five outings. He has a 2.73 ERA over that time
and hurled seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball to beat the New York
Yankees on Tuesday, striking out eight.
"It would be nice to continue to grow. These are important games, for me in
particular. We are going to be competing next year. It is important to start
getting it right now," said Dickey, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the New
York Mets last season.
The 38-year-old righty has not faced Boston since getting drilled for seven
earned runs over 4 2/3 innings on April 7 in his second start with the Blue
Jays. The knuckleballer is 2-2 lifetime versus the Red Sox with a 5.26 ERA.
Following an extended rest due to a slump, Felix Doubront will make his first
start today for Boston since Sept. 6.
The left-hander has allowed 10 runs over a pair of no-decisions this month and
lasted just 3 2/3 innings last time out versus the Yankees. He gave up six
runs on three hits and six walks.
Doubront, 25, is 2-2 in his career versus the Blue Jays with a 4.97 ERA.
The Red Sox clinched their division title with a victory on Friday night and
rested a few starters in last night's 4-2 loss. It did mark the first setback
of the season for Clay Buchholz, who had won his first 11 decisions while
missing 82 games with a neck injury.
Buchholz yielded three runs on six hits over six innings, taking his first
loss since Oct. 1 of last year.
"I feel good. The movement on all my pitches is there," Buchholz said
following his third start since missing three-plus months of action due to
injury. "It's just about the command and location and where to start it, which
is sometimes hard to get better. The velocity is there and the body feels
Jonny Gomes and David Ross knocked in runs for the Red Sox, who had won two in
a row and sit 1 1/2 games up on Oakland for the best record in the league.
They wrap their regular season with two games in Colorado before a three-game
set at Baltimore.
Mark Buehrle tossed six effective innings in the win for the Blue Jays. He
scattered one run and five hits over his outing while surpassing the 200-
inning mark for a 13th straight season.
"Steady Eddie, doing what he has been doing his whole career. You get 25
Buehrles and you are probably gonna have a good year," said Jays manager John
Gibbons in praise of his starter, the most consistent on his staff.
Adam Lind, Rajai Davis and J.P. Arencibia drove in a run each for the Blue
Jays, who recovered from a 6-3 loss in Friday's opener and will try to win two
straight for the first time since a three-game win streak from Sept. 6-8.
Boston is 10-8 versus the Jays this season.
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