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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Tim Wakefield vs. Brandon Morrow

09.13.11 at 11:29 am ET
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After a sweep at the hands of the Rays this past weekend, the Red Sox will face Tampa Bay in a crucial four-game series next weekend that will likely determine the winner of the Al Wild Card. But the Red Sox can’t look too far ahead, as Boston starts a two-game homestand against Toronto Tuesday night. Tim Wakefield will take his eighth shot at win No. 200 Tuesday, while Brandon Morrow will try to bounce back from his last start against Boston, when he gave up eight runs in a no-decision.

Wakefield’s (6-6, 5.03 ERA) quest for his 200th win has been painful to watch for many Boston fans. While the knuckleballer hasn’t been spectacular lately, he has been in position to get the milestone multiple times, only to see his hopes dashed by a lack of offense or bullpen implosion.

In his last start, also against Toronto, Wakefield left the game with an 8-5 lead after five innings. But the Red Sox bullpen gave up five runs in the eighth inning of what turned out to be an 11-10 loss for Boston.

Wakefield has one win in two starts and two relief appearances against Toronto this season, giving up eight earned runs in 14 1/3 innings. Yunel Escobar has hit Wakefield well in his career, hitting .462 with one home run. But Wakefield has held Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista to three hits in 17 career plate appearances. The Toronto lineup has a .214 batting average against Wakefield, collectively.

Morrow (9-10, 5.12 ERA) has had problems picking up a win lately as well. The right-hander hasn’t won since Aug. 17, giving up 22 runs in his last four starts. Against Boston on Sept. 7, Morrow was rocked for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. Jacoby Ellsbury knocked Morrow out of that game with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth, his second home run off of Morrow in just 14 plate appearances. David Ortiz has also had success against Morrow, hitting .429 with two home runs in 18 plate appearances. The Boston lineup has a .331 collective average against Morrow.

Toronto vs. Wakefield

Jose Molina (20 plate appearances): .235 BA/.350 OBP/.235 SLG, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Jose Bautista (17): .231 BA/.353 OBP/.308 SLG, 1 double, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Adam Lind (16): .133 BA/.188 OBP/.133 SLG, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Chris Woodward (16): .133 BA/.188 OBP/.133 SLG, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Yunel Escobar (14) .462 BA/.500 OBP/.769 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Mark Teahen (14): .273 BA/.273 OBP/.273 SLG, 3 strikeouts

Edwin Encarnacion (11): .111 BA/.100 OBP/.111 SLG, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Eric Thames (7): 0-for-5, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

J.P. Arencibia(6): 1-for-6, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts

Kelly Johnson (2): 0-for-2, 2 strikeouts

Brett Lawrie (2): 1-for-1, 1 walk

Adam Loewen (2): 0-for-2, 1 strikeout

Mike McCoy (2): 0-for-2

David Cooper and Dewayne Wise have not faced Wakefield.

Red Sox vs. Morrow

Carl Crawford (19 plate appearances): .133 BA/.263 OBP/.200 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts

David Ortiz (18): .429 BA/.556 OBP/929 SLG, 1 double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (18): .467 BA/.556 OBP/.867 SLG, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

Marco Scutaro (16): .600 BA/.750 OBP/.600 SLG, 4 RBIs, 6 walks, 1 strikeouts

Kevin Youkilis (16): .167 BA/.375 OBP/.167 SLG, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Jacoby Ellsbury (14): .462 BA/.462 OBP/1.077 SLG, 1 triple, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 1 strikeout

Adrian Gonzalez (14): .417 BA/.500 OBP/.583 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Jason Varitek (11): .300 BA/.364 OBP/.700 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): 0-for-7, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Mike Aviles (6): 2-for-5, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Conor Jackson (5): 1-for-4, 1 double, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Josh Reddick (4): 1-for-4, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Jed Lowrie (3): 0-for-2, 1 RBI

Darnell McDonald (1): 0-for-1, 1 strikeout

Ryan Lavarnway and Nate Spears have not faced Morrow.

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