Boston Red Sox (76-70, third in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (57-89, fourth in the AL East)

Toronto; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.60 ERA) Blue Jays: Clay Buchholz (1-4, 5.32 ERA)

LINE: Red Sox -137; over/under is 10 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Boston enters the matchup as losers of their last five games.

The Blue Jays are 23-37 against teams from the AL East. The Toronto offense has compiled a .235 batting average as a team this season, last in the majors. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the team with an average of .274.

The Red Sox are 32-36 against the rest of their division. Boston has slugged .473, good for fourth in the American League. J.D. Martinez leads the team with a .569 slugging percentage, including 69 extra-base hits and 35 home runs. The Blue Jays won the last meeting 8-0. Trent Thornton recorded his fifth victory and Teoscar Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Toronto. Trevor Kelley took his first loss for Boston.

TOP PERFORMERS: Randal Grichuk leads the Blue Jays with 25 home runs and is batting .232. Cavan Biggio is 6-for-25 with three doubles, two home runs and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Toronto.

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Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 83 extra base hits and has 107 RBIs. Mookie Betts is 12-for-35 with a double, five home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jays: 3-7, .201 batting average, 4.18 ERA, outscored by 13 runs

Red Sox: 2-8, .201 batting average, 4.86 ERA, outscored by 18 runs

Blue Jays Injuries: Matt Shoemaker: (knee), Elvis Luciano: (elbow), Ryan Borucki: (elbow), Lourdes Gurriel Jr.: (quad), Devon Travis: (knee), Luke Maile: (oblique).

Red Sox Injuries: Steven Wright: (toe), Chris Sale: (elbow), David Price: (wrist), Heath Hembree: (elbow), Dustin Pedroia: (knee), Steve Pearce: (back), Michael Chavis: (shoulder).


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