The Red Sox will continue their four-game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, sending Jake Peavy to the hill against J.A. Happ.

While Peavy (1-8, 4.59 ERA) has been at the forefront of trade rumors over the last few weeks, he hasn’€™t let the whispers rattle him on the mound, as the righty has posted a 2.84 ERA over his last three starts.

In his last start on July 12 against the Astros, Peavy allowed three earned runs over seven innings while striking out nine, but he got the loss in what was an eventual 3-2 Houston win.

The Sox just can’€™t seem to put any runs on the board whenever Peavy is on the hill. The Red Sox only averaged 1.5 runs per game in June during Peavy’€™s outings. Peavy is tired with Seattle’€™s Chris Young for last in the American League in run support at just 3.16 runs per start.

“It’s not even the run support, it’s just finding a way to win on that day,” Peavy said after his last outing. “I’ve pitched in tight games my whole career and found a way to put us in better situations to win those tight games.”

Peavy earned his only win of the season in his last start against the Blue Jays on April 25, allowing one earned run in seven innings of work. In seven career starts against the Blue Jays, Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA.

Happ (7-5, 4.91 ERA) made his last appearance for Toronto out of the bullpen, as the southpaw allowed two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning on July 12 against the Rays.

J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ

Happ’€™s last start was five days earlier, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings en route to 5-2 loss at the hands of the Angels. Happ struggled with locating the strike zone throughout the contest, throwing just 55 of his 98 pitches for strikes.

“I felt like I was in control of that game,” Happ said after the game. “I felt like I was making pitches up until that point. I let the two guys go and that was the difference, the two walks.

“A bloop hit, and a fly ball, might not be RBIs if I don’t walk the two guys. Going from making pitches, feeling good about how the game is going, to that, is certainly frustrating. That was enough.”

In his last start against Boston on May 20, Happ allowed four earned runs in seven innings while striking out six. In six career appearances (five starts) against the Red Sox, Happ is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA.

Red Sox vs. Happ (LHP)

Jonny Gomes (19 plate appearances): .200/.368/.467, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

Dustin Pedroia (10): .400/.400/.600, 2 doubles, 2 RBI

Shane Victorino (9): .167/.444/.167, 1 single, 3 walks

Stephen Drew (8): .333/.375/.333, 2 singles, 1 walk

Mike Napoli (7): .500/.571/.667, 1 double, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks, 1 RBI

David Ross has one strikeout and one walk in six plate appearances against Happ.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Happ.

Mike Carp has one single and one walk in two plate appearances against Happ.

Brock Holt has one double and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Happ.

Daniel Nava has one walk and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Happ.

Blue Jays vs. Peavy (RHP)

Jose Reyes (24): .250/.250/.292, 1 double, 5 strikeouts

Jose Bautista (23): .200/.304/.250, 1 double, 5 strikeouts

Melky Cabrera (15): .429/.467/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Colby Rasmus (9): .111/.111/.111, 1 single, 1 strikeout

Dioner Navarro (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 single, 2 strikeouts

Juan Francisco (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 home run, 1 strikeout

Anthony Gose: .000/.333/.000

Dan Johnson has one walk and one strikeout in two plate appearances against Peavy.

Munenori Kawasaki (2): .000/.000/.000

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

TORONTO -- There are turnarounds, and then there are turnarounds.



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TORONTO — It might have been the catch of the season. But was it the catch of Brock Holt‘s life?

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

TORONTO — It might have been the catch of the season. But was it the catch of Brock Holt’€™s life?

“€œIt’€™s up there, yeah. It’€™s up there,” said Holt of his fifth-inning grab of Dan Johnson’€™s blast to the right field wall during what resulted in a 14-1 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays. “That one was fun. That one fired me up a little bit. I didn’t think I was going to get to it, but got to it, made the jump, timed it pretty good, and I was able to come down with it. That was one of the better ones I’ve made. It was fun.”€

Just recently introduced to right field, Holt navigated the line-drive to right from the get-go. Racing back on the leadoff blast, the Sox’€™ outfielder leapt in the air just before the wall with his momentum taking him against the padding.

While at the height of his jump, Holt hauled in the ball while flying through the air, subsequently ramming into the ‘€œExpedia.ca’€ advertisement.

“€œThat wall gave a little bit better than the cement wall in Fenway that I landed on a few weeks ago,”€ he said. “€œThat’s the first time I’ve kind of crashed into one. But no trouble. Just dust yourself off, get up, throw the ball in, and get ready for the next one.”

Upon rising to his feet with the ball, Holt allowed himself a big smile before tossing it back in and looking up to the video scoreboard for a replay.

“Kind of can’t believe I caught that,”€ he said when asked his thought process when making the play. ‘€œ[Dustin Pedroia] Pedey was laughing and smiling, so I gave him one back. That was a pretty fun catch for me, yeah.”€

Also helping bring a smile to Holt’€™s face was another two-hit night, putting the leadoff hitter’€™s average at .328.

“He’€™s done such a great job,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell of Holt. “His instincts ‘€“ this is a guy who has been an infielder his entire life and what he’€™s done in the outfield has been pretty remarkable given the few number of games played there. Then you move him to second base and he makes another play the other night where he’€™s done a great job, defensively and all the way around. A couple more hits tonight for him.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Throughout the Red Sox’ offensive struggles in June, GM Ben Cherington maintained consistently that the team expected that improvement would come not from a trade but primarily from a return to form by members of the team’s lineup. That notion has been borne out in recent games, most dramatically on Monday night.

Mike Napoli and David Ortiz led the Red Sox' offensive charge Wednesday night. (AP)

Mike Napoli and David Ortiz led the Red Sox‘ offensive charge as the Red Sox exploded for a season-high 14 runs. (AP)

Throughout the Red Sox’ offensive struggles in June, GM Ben Cherington maintained consistently that the team expected that improvement would come not from a trade but primarily from a return to form by members of the team’s lineup. That notion has been borne out in recent games, most dramatically on Monday night.

The Red Sox unloaded on the Blue Jays for a season-high in runs, cruising to a 14-1 victory. The team has now scored 83 runs in 16 games in July (5.2 per game) — nearly matching the team’s total of 84 runs in 28 games (3.0 per contest) in June. The team mashed four home runs, and seven members of the lineup had multiple hits, as the Sox won for the eighth time in nine games.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

David Ortiz said on Sunday, after going 1-for-13 in a three-game series against the Royals, that he was “about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August.” According to this random website, the average temperature of Jamaica in August is 88.5 degrees. Ortiz seemed to at least equal that reading on the thermometer on Monday, when he launched a pair of two-run homers, his first two-homer game of the year against any team except the Twins. The 452nd and 453rd home runs of Ortiz’s career allowed him to surpass Carl Yastrzemski. His 42 multi-homer games since joining the Red Sox in 2003 are the most by any hitter except Albert Pujols in that time.

– As much as the Sox’ absence of middle-of-the-order hitters has become a talking point, Mike Napoli has been doing everything in his power to force a reconsideration of that notion. Napoli went 3-for-5 with a homer and double, improving for the year to .280/.398/.462.

Stephen Drew has a history of strong second halves. He entered Monday with a career .250/.314/.405 line in the first half and a .272/.339/.457 line in the second half. Last year with the Sox, he hit .233/.313/.409 prior to the All-Star break and .276/.356/.481 after it.

So, perhaps it should come as little surprise that he appears once again to be heating up and leaving behind the rust that accompanied his delayed start of the season. Drew went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk, improving his season line to .175/.254/.320 — up from .136/.167/.247.

He has a streak of seven straight starts with a walk, a good indicator of his improved approach at the plate after he walked just three times in his first 23 games. In that time, he’s hit .318/.500/.591.

Jackie Bradley Jr. remained on a torrid pace in July. He went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI doubles, and is now up to .378 with an .896 OPS in July.

Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5, with singles to left, right and center. The three hits matched a career high (previously achieved five times this season), and marked the first time he’d collected three hits in a game since May 31.

– Amidst the offensive explosion, John Lackey dominated, allowing just two baserunners (both on doubles) while walking none and striking out three in seven innings. He employed just 76 pitches, elicited strikes on 58 of them (76 percent). His outing marked just the 10th time this decade that a Sox starter logged at least seven innings while averaging 11 pitches or fewer.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX

Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4, the only member of the Red Sox starting lineup who did not collect a hit. That said, even Pedroia had a positive event in the game — chiefly in the form of enjoying the final four innings of the blowout from the bench.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

The Red Sox will open their three-game set against the Blue Jays with four rookies in the lineup. Shane Victorino, after playing back-to-back games over the weekend (and four straight overall with the conclusion of his rehab assignment), will sit out, with Brock Holt heading to right field.

The Red Sox will open their three-game set against the Blue Jays with four rookies in the lineup. Shane Victorino, after playing back-to-back games over the weekend (and four straight overall with the conclusion of his rehab assignment), will sit out, with Brock Holt heading to right field. He’ll flank Jackie Bradley Jr. in center, while Xander Bogaerts (after sitting on Sunday) will return to the lineup at third base, and Christian Vazquez will catch John Lackey.

For a look at how Lackey has fared against the Blue Jays and how Toronto starter Drew Hutchison has done against members of the Red Sox, click here. For comprehensive Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Brock Holt, RF

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, DH

Mike Napoli, 1B

Daniel Nava, LF

Stephen Drew, SS

Xander Bogaerts, 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Christian Vazquez, C

John Lackey, RHP

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier