Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 4/9

Felix Doubront (L), Henderson Alvarez (R)

After being swept in Detroit over the opening weekend, the Boston Red Sox head north of the border for the first of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Blue Jays television market, you can catch the game on Rogers SportsNet.  If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

After earning the No. 4 spot in the Red Sox rotation, Felix Doubront looks to get the team their first win of the season. Doubront made 11 appearances in 2011 and had no record with a 6.10 ERA. He made three appearances against the Jays last year and had no record with a 4.50 ERA (1 ER/2 IP). He’s made five career appearances (no starts) versus the Jays and is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/5.1 IP). Two of those appearances have come at Rogers Centre where he is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA (2 ER/2 IP).

Henderson Alvarez makes his first start of 2012 after making 10 starts in 2011 for the Blue Jays. In those 10 starts, he was 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA. His lone career start against the Red Sox came last year on September 5th at Rogers Centre when he didn’t allow a run in six innings of an eventual 1-0 Jays win.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the overnight and day if you’re on the home page.

Here are today’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox0-3 Toronto Blue Jays2-1
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Yunel Escobar SS
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Kelly Johnson 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Kevin Youkilis 3B 4. Edwin Encarnacion DH
5. David Ortiz DH 5. Adam Lind 1B
6. Cody Ross LF 6. Brett Lawrie 3B
7. Ryan Sweeney RF 7. Rajai Davis LF
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 8. J.P. Arencibia C
9. Mike Aviles SS 9. Colby Rasmus CF
Felix Doubront SP Henderson Alvarez SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Boston Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers batter/pitcher matchups

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Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz Need to Be Much Better to Take Pressure Off Back End of Red Sox Rotation [Tom Caron - NESN.com]

Pregame notes: Daniel Bard on starting, Bobby V on bullpen issues [Clubhouse Insider]

Trying to find the bright side for the Red Sox [CSN New England]

Jenks won’t face misdemeanor DUI charges [CSN New England]

No changes in bullpen, says Valentine [CSN New England]

Red Sox try for first win tonight [ESPN Boston]

Scout on Beckett: Saturday ‘worst I’ve seen’ [ESPN Boston]

Morning report: Of bullpens, Buchholz [ESPN Boston]

Nuggets from Boston’s 0-3 start [ESPN Boston]

Is there discord in the Red Sox clubhouse? [ESPN Boston]

No reprieve for Red Sox in Toronto [ESPN Boston]

Power Rankings: Red Sox drop to 15th [ESPN Boston]

Bobby V on pen: Need to manage it better [ESPN Boston]

Perspective [Extra Bases]

Valentine on the Red Sox bullpen: ‘I’ve just got to manage it better’ [Extra Bases]

Bard is excited on the eve of his first start [Extra Bases]

When one 0-3 start is not like the other [FoxSports.com]

Nuggetpalooza: Nuggets from lost weekend in Motown [Full Count]

Despite changes, same results for Red Sox [Tony Massarotti - Boston Globe]

Daniel Bard Under Huge Pressure to Perform as Starter and Other Thoughts From the Week in Baseball [NESN.com]

Closer Situation, Bobby Valentine’s Unique Lineup Choices Get Attention as Red Sox Prepare to Face Blue Jays (Video) [NESN.com]

Red Sox payroll up 7 percent from 2011, ranked third in MLB [Projo Sox Blog]

A Series Matter: Red Sox-Blue Jays and Patience Amid Panic [Projo Sox Blog]

Voice of reason pushes panic button [Projo Sox Blog]

Morales growing into bullpen role [Projo Sox Blog]

Doubront will take the ball as Sox face Jays [RedSox.com]

Red Sox among the many getting no relief [RedSox.com]

Fenway Park gets exhibit in Hall of Fame [RedSox.com]

New amenities honor Fenway’s anniversary [RedSox.com]

Getting a grip on thumb injuries [RedSox.com]

Lucchino: ‘Silly to overreact’ to start [Alex Speier - WEEI.com]

Cherington: Bard will stay in rotation [Alex Speier - WEEI.com]

Daniel Bard should remain in rotation [Touching All the Bases]

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