Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 20
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
Game 3: Sunday, September 22

Blue Jays 2

(71-84, 33-44 away)

Red Sox 5

(95-62, 53-28 home)

    Coverage:  NESN

    1:35 PM ET, September 22, 2013

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    TOR 010010000 2 6 0
    BOS 04000100 - 5 6 0

    W: F. Doubront (11-6)

    L: R. Dickey (13-13)

    S: K. Uehara (21)

    Blue Jays-Red Sox Preview


    Even before a lengthy team-mandated break, Felix Doubront was likely on the bubble to make the Boston Red Sox's playoff roster.

    The left-hander will try to make his case for a spot and help the Red Sox move a step closer to clinching the AL's best record in Sunday's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.

    The Red Sox sat Doubront (10-6, 4.15 ERA) after he put up a 12.27 ERA and failed to make it past the fourth inning in two starts earlier this month. He was charged with six runs over 3 2/3 innings in the final of those outings Sept. 6 but avoided a loss when the Red Sox rallied for a 12-8 win against the New York Yankees.

    Boston (94-62) made the decision to have Doubront rest two days later with Clay Buchholz returning to the rotation.

    "It's going to help," Doubront told the team's website. "(The rest is) good. I feel like I need it. The last start wasn't the same delivery. Just rest a little bit and work in the bullpen."

    Judging by his 0-2 record and a 6.33 ERA in his last four starts against Toronto, this might not be an ideal spot for Doubront's potentially brief return to the rotation. The left-hander, though, has put up a respectable 3.97 ERA in two matchups this season.

    Doubront allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to the Blue Jays (71-83) at Fenway Park on June 29 but didn't get enough support in a 6-2 loss.

    The Red Sox could use another solid outing to pad a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland for the AL's best record and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli out of the lineup, Boston fell 4-2 to Toronto on Saturday, a day after clinching the AL East title.

    Doubront might have trouble getting runs to work with in this game with R.A. Dickey (13-12, 4.21) riding a season-high win streak. The knuckleballer is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts and struck out eight over seven innings in a 2-0 win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

    "It's nice to continue to grow," Dickey told the team's website. "These are important games for me in particular, at least I see them as that, because we're going to be competing next year and it's important to try and get it right, now. So, every time I come to the field, I'm still trying to work on it."

    Dickey will try to work on having a better performance against the Red Sox after enduring a 13-0 loss in his only matchup this season April 7. The right-hander gave up a season-high eight runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in that game.

    Will Middlebrooks hit two of his three home runs and a double off Dickey in that victory, but he's 4 for 32 (.125) in his last nine games.

    Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes is 3 for 6 with two doubles against Doubront this season.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L2
    Last 104-65-5

    Pitching Matchup

    R. Dickey
    14-13, 4.21 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs TB
    7.1 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win
    F. Doubront
    11-6, 4.32 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at BAL
    1.1 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. J. Reyes, SS D. Pedroia, 2B
    2. R. Davis, CF S. Victorino, RF
    3. B. Lawrie, 3B D. Ortiz, DH
    4. A. Lind, 1B M. Carp, 1B
    5. M. Sierra, LF D. Nava, LF
    6. M. DeRosa, DH W. Middlebrooks, 3B
    7. R. Goins, 2B S. Drew, SS
    8. K. Pillar, RF R. Lavarnway, C
    9. J. Thole, C J. Bradley Jr., CF