7:10 pm
August 24

Blue Jays @ Red Sox

Who will WIN this matchup?

Toronto Blue Jays (65-55)

@ Boston Red Sox (60-62)


Starting Pitchers:

Berrios (TOR): 9-5; 5.39 ERA

Bello (BOS) 0-3; 8.47 ERA


Current odds:

Toronto Blue Jays: (-154)

Boston Red Sox: (+132)


• The starting line-up for the Blue Jays is as follows:

Blue Jays lineup on August 24 against the Red Sox: DH Springer, 1B Guerrero Jr., LF Gurriel Jr., C Kirk, RF Hernández, SS Bichette, 3B Chapman, 2B Merrifield, CF Bradley Jr., SP Berríos (pictured). First pitch: 7:10pm ET.

• The starting line-up for the Red Sox is as follows:

RF - Rob Refsnyder
LF - Alex Verdugo
DH - J.D. Martinez
3B - Rafael Devers
2B - Kiké Hernández
1B - Franchy Cordero
SS - Bobby Dalbec
C - Reese McGuire
CF - Jarren Duran

RHP - Brayan Bello

• The Boston Red Sox were working toward a cleaner bill of health. Then, Tuesday happened. Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (right-shoulder inflammation) and first baseman Eric Hosmer (lower-back inflammation) were placed on the injured list before the start of Boston’s three-game series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. On top of the Red Sox’s 9-3 loss in the opener, left fielder Tommy Pham and shortstop Xander Bogaerts were removed early due to back spasms.

• Josh Winckowski returned from Triple-A Worcester to start Tuesday in place of Eovaldi, who was shelved after having his originally scheduled start last Thursday pushed back. Eovaldi missed time in June and July with back issues.

• Hosmer hoped to return following Sunday’s MLB Little League Classic, but he was added to the 10-day list and Franchy Cordero was recalled to take his spot in Tuesday’s lineup.

• Right-hander Brayan Bello (0-3, 8.47 ERA) will make his return from a Triple-A rehab assignment (left-groin strain) to start Wednesday for the Red Sox, who are 16-33 against American League East opponents and 3-11 against the Jays this season. On July 24, Bello allowed five runs on nine hits in four innings against Toronto.

• Right-hander Jose Berrios (9-5, 5.39) gets the nod for Toronto and will look to post another strong start, having held the Red Sox to three earned runs over 13 innings this season. In nine career starts against Boston, Berrios is 1-5 with a 3.86 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings. Berrios allowed just two runs (one earned) and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings Thursday as he helped the Blue Jays earn the first of three straight wins in a four-game set against the Yankees. Before winning in the Bronx, Berrios didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his first two outings following a 3-0 July.

• The Blue Jays have a plus-46 run differential in the head-to-head series. Tuesday’s 13-hit effort helped Toronto to its sixth straight win at Fenway Park. During an eight-run third inning, former Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. started his 2-for-3 night with a double and George Springer, who was sidelined with elbow inflammation earlier this month, hit a three-run triple.

StreakSmarter Pick
Toronto Blue Jays