Blue Jays hit Fenway for battle with Red Sox

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Sep 6, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) celebrates with Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) after hitting a two run home run during the third inning in a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays hit the road for arguably their biggest road trip in two decades this week, making a three-game stop in Boston to face the Red Sox before landing in the Bronx. Coming off another series win over the Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays will look to cushion their 1.5-game lead in the American Lead East before leaving town.

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Toronto now sits at 78-58, going 7-3 over their last 10 ball games. Boston isn’t to be taken lightly, however, despite their division-worst record of 64-72. They’ve matched the Blue Jays over the last 10, and at this point in the season, there are 2016 jobs on the line.

Most of Boston’s struggles have come on the pitching side in 2015, as their offense has only been bested by the Yankees and Blue Jays league-wide. It’s a tough life in the AL East, but I suppose it’s time for someone else to draw the short straw. Home runs haven’t always been the weapon of choice for Boston as they sit towards the middle of the pack, but they rank in the top-5 in terms of cumulative batting average and OBP.

David Ortiz continues to power the Red Sox offense with 30 home runs on the season and 83 RBI, but did leave play early on Sunday with a calf issue. Mookie Betts has pitched in with a huge season of his own, with a recent string of scorching play that’s brought his average up to .281. The injured Pablo Sandoval is expected to return in this series, while Dustin Pedroia may find himself back in the lineup after dealing with a hamstring injury.

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