Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 1: Sox Bats Quieted By Ricky Romero

The Red Sox lineup was helpless against Ricky Romero, who threw eight innings of 1-run ball en route to a 3-1 victory that sent the Sox to 1-5 on the year.

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Boston Lineup Dominated By Strong Ricky Romero As Sox Lose 3-1

The Red Sox have fallen for a fifth time in six games, suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays as the Boston lineup showed nothing against Toronto ace Ricky Romero.

While the Sox would look threatening in the first inning, sending a pair of balls to the track, that threat would disappear for much of the rest of the game. Jon Lester, for his part, would largely match Romero's dominance, retiring the Blue Jays 1-2-3 in six of his eight innings.

The third inning proved the most difficult for both starters, with Lester surrendering a pair of runs on a single, triple, and sacrifice fly, and the Sox striking for a run on singles from Cody Ross, Mike Aviles, and Jacoby Ellsbury. After that, both pitchers returned to recording clean inning after clean inning, with the Sox not even making Romero work for it.

The Jays would end up getting to Lester again in the eighth, when Bobby Valentine made the curious choice to leave Lester on not only to start the inning with over 100 pitches on his arm, but also after he gave up a 2-out walk with 115. In fact, the Boston manager did not so much as have someone warming up in the bullpen.

The Sox mounted yet another ninth inning rally, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia each reaching base to lead the inning off, but the 3-4-5 hitters proved incapable of scoring even one of them, leaving the Sox still stuck at one run after the final out.

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Kevin Youkilis' Slump Continues: An 0-for-4 night with a strikeout in the high-leverage ninth doesn't really tell the whole, terrible story. Through the first six games, Youkilis has hit one ball well, and that perhaps not as well as he should. He's taking pitches he shouldn't swinging at those he should take, and generally looking like a complete mess in every aspect of the game. With the lineup thin as is, and the Sox placing him fourth or fifth every time, it's costing the team.

Bobby V's Bullpen Issues: While the bullpen let the Sox down in the first few games, Bobby V hasn't exactly been doing all he can to get the most out of it these past few games. After his curious decision to use Justin Thomas in Tuesday's game, his failure to have someone ready to take over for Jon Lester in the eighth looks even worse. Mea Culpa will only work for so long to deflect these sorts of questions.

Making It Easy: If there's one thing that seems entirely foreign about these Red Sox, it's about how they handle individual at bats. While we're used to the Sox battling and driving up opposing pitchers' pitch counts, this ground doesn't seem terribly interested. Romero was in line for a complete game before losing control in the ninth, and it seems like every other inning requires fewer than ten pitches.


Final - 4.11.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 X 3 3 0
WP: Ricky Romero (1 - 0)
SV: Sergio Santos (1)
LP: Jon Lester (0 - 1)

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 3

The Red Sox and Blue Jays are set to decide their series with a Tuesday matinee, as Jon Lester and Ricky Romero face off in a battle of the aces.

While Lester will be looking to keep momentum going from the season opener against the Tigers when he allowed just one run in seven innings of work, Ricky Romero will be looking to forget his first game, when he surrendered four runs in five innings to the Indians.

This is a big one for the Red Sox. A win today, and they can say they've got some momentum and a series win under their belt. Lose, and that first win from Monday will almost cease to matter. 1-5 is little better than 0-6.

We'll keep you up to date here as the Sox go for win number two.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 3, Final -- Despite another late rally, which saw Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia reach on walks against a flagging Ricky Romero, the Red Sox have fallen again. Adrian Gonzalez' long fly ball proved enough to move them both into scoring position, but Kevin Youkilis struck out and David Ortiz hit a weak grounder to end the game and send the Sox to 1-5.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 3, End 8th -- Bobby Valentine will once again have some explaining to do after how he handled the eighth inning. With Jon Lester already over 100 pitches and having just been hit hard twice, Valentine elected to keep his starter out there for the eighth.

By itself, that's not such a big deal. But then, with two outs when Lester gave up a baserunner and his count had risen to something like 115, where was the relief? The answer is that it wasn't even warm, as nobody was even throwing in the pen.

The runner happened to be Rajai Davis, on base via a walk (an even worse sign for Lester). While Lester had him picked off as he tried to steal, the throw to second came in low, and David was fast enough to avoid the out. Sure enough, the first pitch to Yunel Escobar was hittable, and the Jays earned a crucial insurance run.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, Mid 8th -- The Sox are helpless at the hands of Ricky Romero, who recorded what is one of the more perfect innings possible, striking out two batters and adding a groundout on eight pitches.

The Red Sox will have the top of their lineup up to bat in the ninth as they look for more ninth inning miracles.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, End 7th -- With Lester having eclipsed 100 pitches, his day may be done. If so, it's another fine outing for the Sox' lefty ace, with just two earned runs in seven innings, and almost nothing coming outside of that unfortunate third.

Still, the Jays were starting to figure him out in this last inning, with two balls hit hard, and one going to the track before Darnell McDonald could grab it for the out. Now is probably as good a time as any to hand the game over to the bullpen and hope the Sox can do something--anything--against Romero.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, Mid 7th -- The good news? Ricky Romero had to throw 19 pitches to get through the seventh inning. The bad news? The Sox still went 1-2-3.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, End 6th -- Lester must be having flashbacks to opening day right about now. Another 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout of Bautista has him through six today with five strikeouts, two hits, and a walk, but somehow the Blue Jays are still ahead. If the lineup doesn't get him some help here soon, they might just let Lester grab a bat and go for it himself.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, Mid 6th -- The Jays are killing the Red Sox with defense Wednesday, as another 1-2-3 inning for Romero was helped a long by a pair of strong plays by the Jays. The first came from Yunel Escobar, who ranged to his left for a ground ball and saved what seemed very likely to be an infield single for Dustin Pedroia with a strong throw to first. The second came in the outfield, with both Rajai Davis and Jose Bautista closing fast on an Adrian Gonzalez fly ball. Davis would give way to Bautista, who went into a slide to make the grab.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, End 5th -- Another strong inning for Lester, who needs just 12 pitches to retire the side and pick up two strikeouts on J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis in the process. The inning was interrupted for a few seconds towards the end when Lester induced a ground ball from Rajai Davis that kicked just foul before Kevin Youkilis threw to first, providing viewers with an amusing look at the grounds crew and mascot scurrying back behind the outfield wall when they realized the inning was still going on.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, Mid 5th -- Ricky Romero has just gotten better as the game has gone on, and after a 7-pitch fifth, doesn't seem likely to be leaving anytime seen. He's on pace for a 99-pitch complete game at the moment.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, End 4th -- Jon Lester seems to have recovered from the third, recording another 1-2-3 inning with a couple of ground outs and a pop-up handled by Kelly Shoppach. While his pitch count is still a little high, another quick inning will have him on track to go deep into the game again.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, Mid 4th -- More ineptitude from two of the players who are supposed to be giving Ricky Romero some of the most trouble. Kevin Youkilis' contact just sounds wrong right now, with every ball in play being tapped in one direction or the other--no drive behind his swings. Darnell McDonald, on the other hand, couldn't even put the bat on the ball, and looks every bit as lost as he did to start last year.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 2, End 3rd -- If a team leads for a third of an inning--especially a team on the road--did they ever lead at all?

The Blue Jays needed all of three batters to claim the lead from the Red Sox in the third. Eric Thames managed to hook an outside curve ball to lead off the inning with a single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. J.P. Arencibia would strike out for the first out of the inning, but Rajai Davis took a swing at the first pitch he saw--an outside fastball--and sent it into the right field corner for an RBI triple. A sacrifice fly from Yunel Escobar finished the scoring.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0, Mid 3rd -- The Red Sox, amazingly enough, have an early lead over the Blue Jays.

The right-handed portion of the lineup came through in top of the third, with Cody Ross and Mike Aviles both singling to put runners on first and second with no outs. Unfortunately, Bobby V. did not see fit to trust that to continue, calling for a sacrifice bunt from Kelly Shoppach--he of the .900 OPS against lefties. The bunt would fail, with the out coming at third, which cost the Sox a run when Jacoby Ellsbury followed him with an opposite field RBI single.

Still, a run is a run and a lead is a lead.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0, End 2nd -- Edwin Encarnacion battled his way to a 10-pitch at bat, but did not manage to reach base as Jon Lester recorded another 1-2-3 inning. Encarnacion would be a victim of the strikeout, swinging at a borderline outside fastball. Ben Francisco and Brett Lawrie fared little better, grounding out to third and second respectively.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0, Mid 2nd -- Ricky Romero seems to have settled down in a hurry. Despite having Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and lefty-masher Darnell McDonald to face, Romero had no troubles at all in the second. Inducing two ground outs and a foul out, Romero keeps the run of quick half-innings going.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0, End 1st -- Jon Lester's inning was not nearly so scary as Romero's. While the Jays did put the ball in the air twice, it didn't come quite so close to leaving the park either time, with one out going to Cody Ross in foul territory. Jose Bautista came up to finish the inning, but had his struggles continue, grounding out to shortstop.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0, Mid 1st -- The first inning managed to be about as scary for Ricky Romero as possible given the lack of a baserunner. After Jacoby Ellsbury was sat down swinging at a pitch in the dirt, Dustin Pedroia put a big swing on 1-1 fastball, but hit it to the wrong part of the park, allowing Rajai Davis to back up to the track in deep center to put it away. Adrian Gonzalez followed suit, going opposite field and sending Eric Thames all the way to the wall in left for the out.

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Lineup: Sox Look For Series Win Behind Jon Lester

The Red Sox will aim for a series win Wednesday afternoon as Jon Lester takes the mound against the Blue Jays. First pitch is at 12:37 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

After having the lineup go quiet behind him in the season opener against the Tigers, Lester will be hoping for some backup, both in the form of the runs they failed to produce last Thursday, and hopefully some defense that they failed to produce on Tuesday for Daniel Bard.

With lefty Ricky Romero taking the mound for the Blue Jays, the Red Sox will turn to their right-handed hitters in the outfield and behind the plate.

Boston Red Sox (1-4)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Darnell McDonald, RF
  7. Cody Ross, LF
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C
Toronto Blue Jays (3-2)
  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  5. Ben Francisco, DH
  6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  7. Eric Thames, LF
  8. J.P. Arencibia, C
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

Current Series

3 game series vs Blue Jays @ Rogers Centre

Mon 04/09 WP: Scott Atchison (1 - 0)
SV: Alfredo Aceves
LP: Sergio Santos (0 - 1)
4 - 2 win
Tue 04/10 WP: Kyle Drabek (1 - 0)
LP: Daniel Bard (0 - 1)
3 - 7 loss

Boston Red Sox
@ Toronto Blue Jays

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT
Rogers Centre

Jon Lester vs Ricky Romero

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 50.

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Poor Defense, Quiet Lineup Send Sox To 3-7 Defeat

The Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays 3-7 Tuesday night as the infield defense let down an impressive Daniel Bard, and the lineup went quiet when it counted to send the Sox to 1-4 on the season.

While Daniel Bard would finish the night with five earned runs to his name, he had a deceptively strong outing. A run would come across in the first when Kevin Youkilis and Nick Punto each allowed ground ball singles that perhaps should not have been, and two more in the third as balls slipped through the right side of the infield--though an 0-2 pitch to Adam Lind was rather too good for the situation.

The real damage would come in the sixth, when a leadoff walk and another poor play by the left side of the defense with Kevin Youkilis failing to cover third and Nick Punto throwing late to first cost the Sox a pair of runners with zero outs. Bobby Valentine turned to Justin Thomas, and was punished for it, as the career minor leaguer walked the first batter he faced and ultimately let three runs come in to score. A moonshot from Edwin Encarnacion off of Michael Bowden later in the game accounted for the seventh run.

The Sox would waste multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, only cashing in for one run in the sixth despite having runners at second and third with no outs. They would stage another ninth inning rally, but the Jays were well out of reach by that point, leaving their two-run push wasted.

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Impressive Daniel Bard: Five earned in five innings is bad, but it's much more the fault of the defense than Daniel Bard. 5 innings, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 10 balls on the ground should produce much better results, but the infield just could not get it done. Unless this proves to be a historically bad defensive unit, nights like this will serve Daniel Bard well in the future if he can keep producing them.

Nick Punto the Pointless: It's getting harder to understand the purpose of Nick Punto on this team with every bad defensive play he makes. His hits are mostly on weak contact--he's a poor hitter for his career--and if he can't actually provide positives with his glove, what's the point? Jose Iglesias was a bad idea because Punto was supposed to be able to provide some semblance of that glove as a bench player without robbing Iglesias of the chance to develop into a legitimate Major League player. Right now, however, he's not doing that.

Why Justin Thomas?: It's a question that must be asked. With the game on the line, Bobby Valentine turned to none other than the 25th man on the roster, and one who probably doesn't even deserve that much. Scott Atchison and Vicente Padilla weren't available, and a lefty was up, but why not go to Franklin Morales then?

if there's one thing this decision really made clear, it was the cost of making Alfredo Aceves the closer. Last year this would have been an ideal time for Aceves, but with his window limited to the later innings, the Sox were left with the scraps of the pen to work with, and so we got Thomas...and three more runs.

Slow Call Umpire: It's pretty ridiculous to watch Tim McClellan call strike three on batters halfway down the line to first, and there's really no reason for his delays. That being said, McClellan called one of the better strike zones you're likely to see this year, and with refs getting so much criticism, it's worth noting when they do their jobs well.

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 2

The Boston Red Sox are ready to face off against the Toronto Blue Jays as they go looking for their second win of the season.

The spotlight will land on each team's starting pitcher tonight, as both men look to prove themselves and solidify their roles as fifth starters.

For Daniel Bard, it will be about proving his ability to go deep into games and remain effective. If he can master his changeup and maintain his velocity, he could be a major asset for a thin Sox rotation. If not, then he might be destined for a return to the bullpen.

Kyle Drabek, on the other hand, needs to prove he's ready for Major League competition. After a terrible rookie year that saw him get demoted in the middle of the season (following an eight run beating at the hands of none other than the Boston Red Sox), Drabek wants to show why he's the man the Blue Jays were willing to let go of Roy Halladay for.

We'll keep you up to date as the action progresses.

Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 7, Final -- The Sox strike for a pair as Nick Punto, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia reached to set up a two-run double from Adrian Gonzalez, but David Ortiz struck out to end the night and send the Sox to 1-4.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 7, End 8th -- Michael Bowden earns some redemption in a meaningless inning, striking out two to strand a leadoff baserunner.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 7, Mid 8th -- The Red Sox strand another pair as Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis reach, but long fly balls from Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz don't quite leave the park. This game is pretty much over.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 7, End 7th -- Edwin Encarnacion went very, very deep off of Michael Bowden. That is all.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 6, Mid 7th -- It's becoming increasingly clear that the bottom of the lineup is going to be a concern for this team. After Ryan Sweeney started the inning with a double, the Sox still could not bring him home. While Jarrod Saltalamacchia managed a walk, Cody Ross struck out and Nick Punto hit a routine fly ball, leaving it up to Jacoby Ellsbury to get the run in. While his flair to center seemed like it could be perfectly placed, Yunel Escobar made a running over-the-shoulder catch to keep the Sox stuck at one run.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 6, End 6th -- And it all falls apart in much the same way that it had been earlier in the night.

Daniel Bard can be held accountable for the leadoff walk--his first of the game--but not so much the ground ball single that followed, as Kevin Youkilis failed to cover third (the baserunner had stolen second), and Nick Punto threw late to first. The left side of the infield continues to absolutely kill Bard.

Bobby Valentine decided that was the time to go to the pen, and out came...Justin Thomas. It's a choice that will be questioned tomorrow, I'm sure, but with Atchison and Padilla likely out of the equation and Alfredo Aceves relegated, sadly, to the closer's role, his options were limited (Franklin Morales is the most obvious answer).

Either way, Thomas would walk the first batter he faced--a lefty in Eric Thames--and then fell behind to J.P. Arencibia before allowing a two-run single. With a sac fly bringing another run home, the Jays built their lead to a commanding five runs.

Bard's night will not look pretty given the five earned runs to his name, but frankly he pitched very well, hitting his spots and maintaining solid velocity throughout, though he did start to come a bit undone location-wise with 80+ pitches on his arm. The real blame for all the runs on the board falls, sadly, on the defense, particularly Kevin Youkilis and Nick Punto.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 3, Mid 6th -- Even when the offense scores, they manage to do it wrong. With a leadoff walk from Jacoby Ellsbury followed up by a Dustin Pedroia double, we might have expected more than one run. Well, no such luck. While Adrian Gonzalez got the team on the board with a sac fly and David Ortiz drew a walk to put runners on the corners, Kevin Youkilis undid the good from his earlier double by falling behind 0-2 and then, almost inevitably, grounding into a double play.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 3, End 5th -- Daniel Bard almost seemed to be losing it there as the game entered the fifth. Dustin Pedroia was forced to make a leaping grab on Kelly Johnson's liner, and Jose Bautista got ahead 2-0 as Bard seemed to lose control, nearly hitting him with his first pitch.

But then he challenged Bautista high, threw a slider to catch the inside corner, and got Bautista to go after another slider for the strikeout. Adam Lind grounded out weakly to short, and the inning was over.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 3, Mid 5th -- The Red Sox have just their second hit of the game after Cody Ross shot a long double to left field, but once again have nothing to show for it. Jarrod Saltalamacchia seemed like he might get the run in when he put a good swing on the first pitch of his at bat, but laced a line drive right into the glove of Jose Bautista in right. With Nick Punto being Nick Punto, the inning ended quietly.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 3, End 4th -- For once, Daniel Bard actually gives up good contact. Ironically, he is not punished for it, as Colby Rasmus' long fly ball stays up long enough for Cody Ross to get underneath it. A strikeout of Yunel Escobar finished the inning, leaving Bard with five strikeouts in just four innings.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 3, Mid 4th -- As much as Daniel Bard is not to blame for the runs on the board, the Red Sox' offense is at fault for their lack of runs. While Adrian Gonzalez was able to get some good wood on the ball to lead the inning off, the shift snuffed out any chance for a hit, while David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis took mediocre swings to close out another 1-2-3 inning.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 3, End 3rd -- Third inning, same as the first. But for Adam Lind's line drive in this frame, coming on an 0-2 fastball up and over the middle of the plate, Daniel Bard hasn't been giving up solid hits or making bad pitches all game. Still, the Jays are putting the ball on the ground, and for some reason the Red Sox' infield just can't seem to get gloves on them.

The result was two more runs for the Jays in the first. One hit came on a weak flair over Dustin Pedroia's head on an inside fastball, another two on rollers between first and second. There's not a lot Daniel Bard can do right now but keep at it and hope that they'll start turning a few of these into outs.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 1, Mid 3rd -- It's officially another slow start for the Red Sox' offense as Kyle Drabek enjoys his second 1-2-3 inning. After a routine fly ball from Nick Punto, Jacoby Ellsbury continued his run of pounding the ball hopelessly into the ground, and Dustin Pedroia followed suit. But for Nick Punto's long at bat, that was an inning completely without merit.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 1, End 2nd -- The difference between the first and second innings for Daniel Bard? In the second inning, the ground balls went for outs. Nick Punto gloved the first, and Adrian Gonzalez the second, leading to easy outs surrounding a strikeout on one of Bard's all-too-nasty sliders. It took just nine pitches, too, bringing Bard's count back under control after a bit of a runaway first.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 1, Mid 2nd -- A promising start to the inning that saw Kevin Youkilis double and Ryan Sweeney walk with one out fell apart as Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia failed to come through in the clutch. Ross would get ahead of Drabek 3-0 before Drabek fought back into a full count. Ross would foul off a few pitches, including at least one that would have been ball four, and then swung through a high, outside pitch. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would also get ahead fo Drabek, but then took three straight strikes to end the inning.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 1, End 1st -- Daniel Bard's starting career isn't off to the best of beginnings, but it's not really his fault. Despite getting ahead of batters and doing well with his usual fastball and slider combination, the left side of the infield let Bard down, allowing a run to come in.

Kevin Youkilis was the first to be exposed, as Bard painted the inside edge but had Yunel Escobar hit a weak grounder that got past the particularly immobile-looking third baseman. After retiring Kelly Johnson and Jose Bautista, he would have another ground ball get through the third base side for a double as Adam Lind took a very late swing on a fastball. Edwin Encarnacion, too, would pound the ball into the ground, but Nick Punto failed to make a clean scoop on a ball hit well to his right, allowing an infield single and an RBI.

Realizing he wasn't going to receive much help from his defense, Bard would strike out Brett Lawrie to finish the side.

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0, Mid 1st -- Kyle Drabek is off to a quick start, needing just eight pitches to end the first. Living almost exclusively in the zone, Drabek managed to get Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out, caught Dustin Pedroia looking at a pitch on the edge of the zone (which Tim McClelland waited some 10 seconds to call a strike), and then broke Adrian Gonzalez' bat for a weak flair to the infield.

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Lineups: Daniel Bard Takes The Mound For First Start

The Red Sox succeeded in getting off the schneid Monday night, picking up their first win of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays. Now they'll aim for number two behind Daniel Bard as the reliever-turned-starter makes his first regular season appearance as part of the rotation.

It will be an appearance that either calms or aggravates a great many fears, even if it's impossible to form any reasonable opinions from just the one start. Bard struggled through his early spring appearances as he tried to get stretched out, but showed improved results as the preseason wore on. Now he'll have his first test against real competition.

For Bobby Valentine's part, he's giving Bard every chance to succeed, backing him up defensively with Nick Punto at short in place of Mike Aviles. Otherwise, it's a standard lefty-first lineup against the right-handed Kyle Drabek.

Boston Red Sox (1-3)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  6. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  7. Cody Ross, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Nick Punto, SS

Toronto Blue Jays (3-1)

  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Kelly Johnson
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  7. Eric Thames, LF
  8. J.P. Arencibia, C
  9. Colby Rasmus, RF


Current Series

Red Sox lead the series 1-0

Mon 04/09 WP: Scott Atchison (1 - 0)
SV: Alfredo Aceves
LP: Sergio Santos (0 - 1)
4 - 2 win

Boston Red Sox
@ Toronto Blue Jays

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT
Rogers Centre

Daniel Bard vs Kyle Drabek

Cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 20-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 45.

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Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Claim First Victory

Dustin Pedroia (2-or-4) hit a solo home run and the Boston Red Sox (1-3) rallied from a one-run deficit in the ninth inning to score three runs and claim their first victory of the new season, 4-2, over the Toronto Blue Jays (2-2) on Monday evening at Rogers Centre.

Two runs in the third inning put the Blue Jays up 2-0, a lead which would hold through the top of the ninth. Boston struck for three in the top of the ninth, and Toronto didn't have an answer in the bottom half in its home opener in front of a nearly full crowd of 48,473.

Pedroia's home run came in the sixth inning, cutting Toronto's lead to 2-1. Later in the ninth, Adrian Gonzalez (0-for-2, BB) hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Pedroia, who doubled earlier in the inning. Ryan Sweeney singled to right, which scored Darnell McDonald to give Boston a 3-2 lead and Cody Ross would score on a Sergio Santos wild pitch, making it a 4-2 lead.

Felix Doubront pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, three walks and struck out six. Scott Atchison (W, 1-0) pitched three innings in relief, providing Boston with its best stint out of the bullpen all season, giving up only one hit and zero earned runs while punching out three. Alfredo Aceves (S, 1) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.

Henderson Alvarez pitched six innings and allowed four hits, one walk, one earned run on a home run and had two strikeouts. Santos was the losing pitcher and blew his second save of the season, giving up three earned runs on two hits and three walks in two thirds of an inning. Kelly Johnson was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk for Toronto.


Final - 4.9.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 7 0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
WP: Scott Atchison (1 - 0)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (1)
LP: Sergio Santos (0 - 1)

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Lineups: Kevin Youkilis Returns, Bats Cleanup

Kevin Youkilis returns to the lineup for the Boston Red Sox as they seek their first win of the new season against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first of a three game set at 7:30 p.m. EST on Monday night at the Rogers Centre (TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI).

Youkilis has had a rough start to the season, going 0-for-8 in two games before being benched prior to Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Detroit Tigers in extra innings. Youkilis hit .258 with 17 home runs and 80 RBI in 120 games last season.

Here are the lineups for both teams for Monday night's game.

BOSTON RED SOX (0-3)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Cody Ross, LF
  7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS
Starting Pitcher: Felix Doubront, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (2-1)
  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Reed Johnson, 2B
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  5. Adam Lind, DH
  6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  7. Rajai Davis, LF
  8. J.P. Arencibia
  9. Colby Rasmus, CF
Starting Pitcher: Henderson Alvarez, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)


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3 game series vs Blue Jays @ Rogers Centre

Boston Red Sox
@ Toronto Blue Jays

Monday, Apr 9, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT
Rogers Centre

Felix Doubront vs Henderson Alvarez

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 20-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 50.

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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays: Reeling Sox Look For First Win In Toronto

Felix Doubront gets his first start of the season as the Boston Red Sox (0-3) look for their first win of the new campaign against the Toronto Blue Jays (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday in the first of a three game set at the Rogers Centre.

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