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Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 4/30

After going 7-3 on their last homestand and enjoying a day off on Monday, the Boston Red Sox hit the road for their next six games. They'll kick if off tonight with the first game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I predict the Red Sox will win 7-4 (Red Sox -122).

First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESN. If you live in the Blue Jays television market, you can catch the game on Rogers SportsNet. And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Jon Lester steps on the slab for the sixth time in 2013. In his previous five starts, Lester is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA. He picked up the win in his only start against the Jays this season after tossing seven scoreless innings back on April 7. He's made 23 career starts against the Jays and is 12-7 with a 3.67 ERA. 14 of those starts have come north of the border where he is 7-5 with a 3.14 ERA.

Brandon Morrow takes the mound for his sixth start as well of 2013. In his previous five starts, Morrow is 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA. He last faced the Red Sox in 2012 when he picked up a no decision after throwing six scoreless innings. He's made 16 career appearances (eight starts) against the visiting nine and is 1-3 with an 8.28 ERA.

To see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups as well as the links from the local media, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page.

Boston Red Sox Toronto Blue Jays
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Brett Lawrie 3B
2. Daniel Nava RF 2. Rajai Davis DH
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Jose Bautista RF
4. David Ortiz DH 4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
5. Mike Napoli 1B 5. Melky Cabrera LF
6. Mike Carp LF 6. J.P. Arencibia C
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 7. Maicer Izturis SS
8. Will Middlebrooks 3B 8. Colby Rasmus CF
9. Stephen Drew SS 9. Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Jon Lester SP Brandon Morrow SP

Notes: The Red Sox optioned Daniel Bard to Double-A Portland on Sunday. Today, they activated RHP Joel Hanrahan from the 15-day DL.

And here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays batter/pitcher matchups

More links will be added if/when they become available so please check back often.

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How Red Sox convinced these new guys Boston was the place to be [rob bradford – weei.com]

Bailey in, Hanrahan out as closer in bullpen shuffle [clubhouse insider]

Breaking down Red Sox stretch of success [csn new england]

Napoli exceeding all expectations early on [csn new england]

Hanrahan activated; Bailey to remain in closer's role [csn new england]

Victorino still out, but hopeful of avoiding DL [csn new england]

Power Rankings: Sox at No. 3 [espn boston]

Opening pitch: Lester (1 HR) vs. Bautista [espn boston]

Sox go for team-record 19th win in April [espn boston]

Sox sticking with Bailey as closer [espn boston]

Role reversal for Hanrahan and Bailey [espn boston]

Victorino (back) misses 5th straight game [espn boston]

Fenway keeper reaches out [espn boston]

Ask Nick: Was last summer's megatrade a bad deal after all? [extra bases]

Hanrahan returns; Bailey to remain as closer [extra bases]

David Ortiz asks for privacy regarding divorce [full count]

Shane Victorino making strides, Red Sox hoping to avoid DL [full count]

The next pitch, not umpires, is what concerns Jon Lester these days [full count]

Series preview: Red Sox return to Toronto, resume AL East slate [full count]

For time being, Joel Hanrahan will be setting up Andrew Bailey [full count]

Curt Schilling: Most players don’t care if a teammate is gay [full count]

Red Sox notes: Shane Victorino’s health status still up in the air [full count]

Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes Off to Slow Starts in Minors, But Red Sox Shouldn’t Be Too Concerned [nesn.com]

A Series Matter: Red Sox-Blue Jays and Urgency [projo sox blog]

Blue Jays still talented but already running out of time [projo sox blog]

Joel Hanrahan activated but likely no longer closer [projo sox blog]

No decision on Victorino likely until Thursday [projo sox blog]

Lester seeks fifth victory to match Buchholz [redsox.com]

Planes, trains, boats and automobiles: Mike Napoli recalls his brief, perplexing Blue Jays tenure [alex speier – weei.com]

Blue Jays will learn Red Sox are real deal [touching all the bases]

Jonathan Hee announces retirement [soxprospects.com]

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