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Sunday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Jon Lester vs. R.A. Dickey

04.07.13 at 8:04 am ET
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Jon Lester

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will send their aces to the mound on Sunday afternoon, with Jon Lester and R.A. Dickey each making his second start of the season.

In Lester’s first start of 2013, the Sox beat the Yankees, 8-2, on Monday. Lester gave up two runs on five hits, striking out seven and walking two over five innings. He allowed both runs during a 34-pitch fourth inning and was pulled after throwing 96 pitches (63 strikes) through the fifth.

Manager John Farrell was encouraged by Lester’s outing, which he called “a good starting point.” Lester relied mostly on his fastball and cutter on Monday and will look to get his changeup and curveball working earlier against the Jays.

Dickey struggled to control his knuckleball in his Opening Day start against the Indians, a game the Jays lost, 4-1. He walked four and gave up all four runs over six innings, although one run was unearned as it came after a passed ball by his catcher, J.P. Arencibia.

The 2012 NL Cy Young winner also struck out four, and though his lack of control hurt him, the only time the Indians really hit him hard was a home run by Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth.

Dickey has made nine career starts against the Sox with a 4.09 ERA, although he hasn’t faced them since 2009. In Lester’s 22 starts against Toronto, hitters have a .235/.290/.520 line against him.

Lester has done well against most of the Jays’ current hitters. Jose Bautista‘s OBP against him is just .288, although Bautista also has hit four homers off of Lester in 52 PAs. Melky Cabrera has had the most success against the lefty, with a .375/.400/.417 line.

Shane Victorino has faced Dickey 20 times, more than twice as many as any other Boston player, and has a .263/.300/.526 line with a home run and two doubles. Pedro Ciriaco hit a triple off of Dickey in his only appearance against him.

Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP)

Shane Victorino (20 plate appearances): .263 BA/.300 OBP/.526 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 2 doubles, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

Jacoby Ellsbury (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 single

Mike Napoli (6): .400/.500/.600, 1 RBI, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk

David Ross (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout

Pedro Ciriaco (1): 1.000/1.000/3.000, 1 triple

Jonny Gomes has no hits in two PAs against Dickey. Jackie Bradley, Mike Carp, Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have never faced Dickey.

Blue Jays vs. Lester (LHP)

Jose Bautista (52): .222/.288/.533, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 doubles, 5 walks, 11 strikeouts

J.P. Arencibia (28): .192/.250.423, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 walks, 12 strikeouts

Adam Lind (28): .111/.143/.148, 1 double, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts

Melky Cabrera (25): .375/.400/.417, 2 RBI, 1 double, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts

Edwin Encarnacion (25): .190/.320/.429, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 doubles, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts

Rajai Davis (23): .238/.304/.619, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 triples, 1 double, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts

Maicer Izturis (16): .333/.375/.533, 2 RBI, 3 doubles, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Colby Rasmus (9): .222/.222/.222, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Mark DeRosa (6): .333/.333/1.000, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 double

Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio have no hits in three and two PAs against Lester, respectively. Lester has never faced Henry Blanco.

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