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Toronto at Boston

Venue: Fenway Park
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With an offense that remains in a lull, the Boston Red Sox hope they can count on Ryan Dempster to beat the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time in 10 days.

Meanwhile, Toronto can claim just its second series win with a victory Sunday at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (22-15) have lost seven of nine after Saturday's 3-2 defeat as Clay Buchholz was denied in his second bid for a seventh win. Buchholz gave up two runs with six hits over eight innings, but Mark Buehrle countered with his best outing of the year, going seven innings while limiting Boston to one run and five hits.

Adam Lind provided the go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth after Toronto squandered a 2-0 lead. The Blue Jays, though, also took much better advantage of their chances, going 2 for 4 with runners in scoring position compared to Boston going 0 for 11.

"Both guys settled in and pitched extremely well on both sides," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Seemingly, after the second inning, Buehrle really settled into a very good rhythm. As we know he works extremely fast. Lived on the edge the whole game."

The Red Sox are homerless in three straight games and averaging 3.2 runs over the last 10 compared to 5.4 in the first 27 contests. David Ortiz is 1 for 17 in four games after hitting safely in each of his first 15 with four home runs.

While Dempster (2-3, 2.93 ERA), a native Canadian, held the Blue Jays to one run and four hits over six innings in a 3-1 win at Toronto on May 2, Boston's defense failed him his last time out. He was charged with four runs - two earned - five hits and one walk over seven innings as Pedro Ciriaco committed consecutive errors in the eighth in a 6-1 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.

"I mean, that's your job as the starting pitcher," Dempster told the team's website. "You go out there and try to do that. So I was happy with that -- I just wish I could have pitched a little better and given us a chance to win the ballgame."

After Buehrle's strong performance Saturday, the Blue Jays (14-24) must rely on a spot starter Sunday.

Right-hander Chad Jenkins was recalled Saturday from Double-A as outfielder Rajai Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Brandon Morrow was scratched from this start due to soreness in his back and neck.

Jenkins has made just one minor league start this year after a shoulder injury delayed the start of his season. The right-hander went 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 games last season for Toronto, starting three.

"The manager called me in the office last night and was like, 'Hey, you're going back up,'" Jenkins told the team's official website. "To be honest, I was pretty surprised."

Boston received bad news Saturday as closer Joel Hanrahan will require season-ending surgery on his right forearm, with the procedure likely taking place next week. Toronto closer Casey Janssen converted his 10th save in as many opportunities Saturday despite giving up a leadoff double.

Edwin Encarnacion has been baffled by Dempster, going 1 for 14 (.071) against him.

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Probable Starters

Chad Jenkins, RHP
2013 stats
0.0 Innings Pitched 43.0
0-0 Wins-Losses 2-3
--- Earned Run Average 2.93
0 Walks 18
0 Strikeouts 55
0.0 Pitches Per Start 102
Career vs. opponent
1.1 Innings Pitched 19.2
0-0 Wins-Losses 1-0
13.50 Earned Run Average 4.12

Ryan Dempster, RHP
Weather
weather image  Showers early. Breaks of sun late. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
68°F51°F14mph/W52%48%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Toronto2nd AL East6562.51294-6 W 1
Boston5th AL East5670.44417 ½ 5-5 L 4
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Ryan Dempster
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Arencibia31001.333
Lawrie31101.333
Cabrera113003.273
Bautista123032.250
Bonifacio183024.167
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Chad Jenkins
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Nava110001.000
Carp000000
Ciriaco100000
De La Torre000000
Dempster000000
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Toronto 185 Boston -200
Injuries
Toronto
PlayerInjury
M. IzturisKnee
D. JohnsonHamstring
B. LawrieBack
B. MorrowFinger
Boston
PlayerInjury
R. DempsterNeck
W. MiddlebrooksHamstring
M. NapoliBack
D. OrtizSoreness
S. VictorinoBack
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Aug 8LAABOS 4-2Webster Weaver 
Aug 9LAALAA 5-4Shoemaker Workman 
Aug 10LAABOS 3-1De La Rosa Smith 
Aug 18BOSLAA 4-2Wilson Workman 
Aug 19BOSLAA 4-3Smith Uehara 
Aug 20BOSLAA 8-3Rasmus Buchholz 
Aug 21BOS 7:10 PM EDT