|Saturday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Aaron Cook vs. Carlos Villanueva||07.21.12 at 9:12 am ET|
Aaron Cook will take the mound for the Red Sox against the Blue Jays and Carlos Villanueva on Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Cook (2-2, 3.34), who will be starting his sixth game of the season, threw seven innings and allowed no earned runs in his last start en route to a 5-1 Red Sox victory over the White Sox.
The 33-year-old has faced six current Blue Jays batters, but none more than Omar Vizquel. In 30 plate appearances Vizquel has recorded a .360 batting average off Cook.
Villanueva (4-0, 2.68) has appeared in 25 games this season and will be starting his third on Saturday night. In his last start Villanueva pitched six innings and allowed no runs en route to a 3-0 victory over the Indians.
Toronto has won Villanueva’s last five starts. Over that period the 27-year-old pitched 23 1/3 innings and allowed three runs.
The righty has pitched against nine current Red Sox, facing Adrian Gonzalez the most. Gonzalez is batting .167 with four strikeouts against Villanueva.Blue Jays vs. Cook (RHP)
Omar Vizquel (30 plate appearances): .360 BA/.448 OBP/.560 SLG, 1 triple, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 4 walks
Kelly Johnson (17): .071/.235/.071, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Yunel Escobar (14): .308/.308/.462, 1 triple, 2 RBIs
Edwin Encarnacion (7): .429/.429/.857, 1 HR, 4 RBIs
Colby Rasmus (5): .200/.200/.200
Adam Lind (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI
Red Sox vs. Villanueva (RHP)
Adrian Gonzalez (12 plate appearances): .167 BA/.167 OBP/.417 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 strikeouts
Nick Punto (9): .250/.333/.750, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Jacoby Ellsbury (6): .400/.500/.400, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Dustin Pedroia (5): .500/.600/1.250, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Carl Crawford (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk
Cody Ross (2): .500/.500/.500
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2): .000/.000/.000
Mike Aviles (1): .000/.000/.000
Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch in his one plate appearance against Villanueva.
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