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Sunday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. Mark Buehrle

06.30.13 at 8:09 am ET
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The Red Sox will send Ryan Dempster to the mound to take on Mark Buehrle on Sunday afternoon for the final game of a four-game series at Fenway Park against the Blue Jays.

Dempster (5-8, 4.15 ERA) is having a good month of June, as he has lasted at least six innings and has not allowed more than three runs in any of his five starts. However, Dempster continues to struggle with giving up the long ball, as he has allowed at least one home run in each of his last six starts.

Last time out, Dempster only allowed two runs while striking out four through six innings pitched in a win over the Rockies. The first run Dempster allowed came on a long home run off the bat of Wilin Rosario, who crushed the ball far over the Green Monster. It was the 15th solo home run he allowed this season.

“I didn’t see it,” Dempster said. “I think it hit a car on the turnpike, probably. It happens.”

Dempster has had good success against Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who is only batting .176 against him through 20 plate appearances. However, Jose Reyes has had no trouble hitting against Dempster, and is batting .333 with a triple against the right-hander.

Buehrle (4-5, 4.73 ERA) is back in the American League after spending one season in Miami in 2012. After a tough first two months in which he had a 5.51 ERA, Buehrle has improved to have a 3.00 ERA through five starts in June.

The left-hander struggled with his command in his last start, recording four walks and only throwing strikes with 58.6 percent of his pitches. He has struggled to make hitters miss with his pitches, and has thrown fewer than 10 swinging strikes in his last seven starts.

Buehrle, who spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the White Sox, has a lot of experience with Red Sox hitters. While Buehrle has the advantage of a lefty-on-lefty matchup against David Ortiz, the Red Sox slugger has crushed Buehrle in his career, slugging .627 with three homers and nine doubles through 71 plate appearances in his career.

Blue Jays vs. Dempster (RHP)

Emilio Bonifacio (22 plate appearances): .250 BA/.318 OBP/.450 SLG, 1 home run, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Edwin Encarnacion (20): .176/.300/.353, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Jose Bautista (18): .267/.389/.533, 1 home run, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Colby Rasmus (16): .143/.250/.214, 1 double, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Jose Reyes (13): .333/.385/.500, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

J.P. Arencibia (6): .167/.167/.167, 2 strikeouts

Mark Derosa (6): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Adam Lind (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Josh Thole (5): .200/.200/.400, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Munenori Kawasaki (4): .333/.500/.333, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Rajai Davis (1): .000/.000/.000

Maicer Izturis (1): .000/.000/.000

Red Sox vs. Buehrle (LHP)

David Ortiz (71 plate appearances): .358 BA/.394 OBP/.627 SLG, 3 home run, 9 doubles, 13 RBIs, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (29): .333/.357/.444, 3 doubles, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jonny Gomes (23): .333/.435/.500, 1 triple, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (19): .188/.263/.375, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Jacoby Ellsbury (17): .294/.294/.471, 1 triple, 1 double, 2 strikeouts

Shane Victorino (15): .357/.333/.643, 1 home run, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts

Stephen Drew (6): .200/.333/.800, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk

Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 home run, 1 RBI

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .000/.000/.000

Mike Carp, Jose Iglesias Ryan Lavarnway and Brandon Snyder have not faced Buehrle.

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