J.A. Happ (L), Felix Doubront (R)

After being swept over the weekend and then enjoying a day off on Monday, the Boston Red Sox return to action tonight when they’ll host the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a three-game set at Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Blue Jays television market, you can catch the game on Rogers SportsNet. If you don’t live in either market you’re in luck as the MLB Network will have coverage of the game (outside of Red Sox and Blue Jays television markets). And if you can’t catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2014 Red Sox Radio Network.

Felix Doubront makes his ninth start of 2014. In his previous eight starts, Doubront is 2-3 with a 4.54 ERA. He made three starts against the Jays in 2013 and was 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA. He’s made 12 career appearances (seven starts) against the Jays and is 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA. Seven of those appearances (four starts) have come at the Fens where he is 1-2 with a 4.73 ERA.

J.A. Happ makes his fourth start in his seventh appearance of 2014. In his previous six appearances (three starts), Happ is 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA. He made two starts against the Red Sox in 2013 and was 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA. He’s made five career appearances (four starts) against the local nine and is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA. He’s pitched a total of 2/3 of an inning at the Fens retiring both men he faced.

Toronto Blue Jays23-22 Boston Red Sox20-23
1. Jose Reyes SS 1. Dustin Pedroia 2B
2. Melky Cabrera LF 2. Shane Victorino RF
3. Jose Bautista RF 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Brett Lawrie 3B 5. Jonny Gomes LF
6. Dioner Navarro DH 6. Xander Bogaerts SS
7. Steve Tolleson 2B 7. Brock Holt 3B
8. Erik Kratz C 8. David Ross C
9. Kevin Pillar CF 9. Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
J.A. Happ SP Felix Doubront SP


The Red Sox have signed Stephen Drew to a one-year contract worth $14.1 million. He’ll receive a prorated amount for the rest of the season.

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

Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox Batter/Pitcher Matchups

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