Blue Jays Preview: Red Sox in the way of Toronto’s momentum

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Apr 10, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) reacts to a hit as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) looks on during the ninth inning in a game at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) reacts to a hit as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) looks on during the ninth inning in a game at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off back-to-back wins against the New York Yankees as they enter Boston for a four-game set against the Red Sox

To Fenway Park we go, where the Toronto Blue Jays will finally have their chance to face old friend David Price in a four-game series.

Toronto is coming off a series win over the New York Yankees, and with the offence finally beginning to inch back towards a more complete 2015 form, the friendly confines of Fenway present an attractive backdrop the heart of the Blue Jays order.

All but Marcus Stroman will be making starts in Boston, and outside of R.A. Dickey‘s day of overbearing knuckleball movement, the last trip through the rotation was excellent. Even the young Aaron Sanchez, facing a lineup composed primarily of veteran left-handed bats, put in a veteran’s day of work. From Friday to Monday, it’s about giving those starters a little more help.

Across the Diamond: Boston Red Sox

Boston had an off day on Thursday, but are coming off a series loss to the Baltimore Orioles that included a 9-5 and 9-7 loss.

As a team, the Red Sox rank sixth in batting average (.280) but haven’t had their power numbers take off quite yet with eight home runs.

David Ortiz is leading the way for Boston in his farewell season with a 9-for-28 start to his season including three home runs and nine RBIs. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia owns a .306 average through his first eight games while both Brock Holt and Travis Shaw sit at .292. Even Hanley Ramirez has gotten in on the action, starting out 11-for-33 with a home run and a double.

Ahead, we look at the four pitching matchups that will take the Jays and Red Sox through the weekend.

Next: Game 1: Dickey needs to reel in the knuckleball

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