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Thursday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Mark Buehrle

08.15.13 at 7:42 am ET
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When right-hander Jake Peavy takes to the mound for his third start in a Red Sox uniform, this time a Thursday night matchup against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, he will be opposed by a familiar face: left-hander Mark Buehrle. The two were teammates for two-plus seasons when the Padres traded Peavy to the White Sox in 2009 until Buehrle departed via free agency for the Marlins.

As for Thursday’€™s contest, it will be a big one for Peavy, who has pitched to mixed results early in his Sox tenure. He was rocked for six runs on 10 hits and a walk while making it through just five innings in the Royals’€™ come-from-behind, 9-6 win over the Sox Friday. He walked one and fanned none, only his second zero-strikeout game in the last four years.

Peavy came on for the sixth inning, with the Red Sox up 6-3, but he put the first three on and didn’€™t record an out en route to Kansas City’€™s six-run rally.

‘€œI take the blame,’€ Peavy told the media afterward. “Your offense can’€™t score six runs and you not win a game that you start. I didn’€™t feel good stuff-wise or command-wise. There were a lot of two-strike hits and my stuff just wasn’€™t sharp at all.’€

It was a drastic difference from Peavy’€™s impressive Sox debut, when he tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Diamondbacks Aug. 3. That was more indicative of his season on the whole, in which he’€™s posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He’€™s also striking out four batters for every one he walks and punching out eight per nine innings.

Peavy has not seen the Blue Jays in 2013, but he did match up against them three times last year ‘€” and fared quite well. In a combined 21 1/3 innings for the White Sox, he allowed five earned runs on 15 hits and nine walks while striking out 17.

Buehrle has had a similar season to Peavy’€™s ‘€” minus spending a month and a half on the DL ‘€” in his first in Toronto after a one-year hiatus from the American League. In 24 starts, without missing a single turn, Buehrle owns a 4.43 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while averaging about 6 1/3 innings per game.

Three of those starts came against the Sox in May and June, and to moderate success. He yielded 10 runs on 19 hits and six walks in 19 2/3 innings (4.58 ERA, 1.27 WHIP), striking out 10 in the process.

August has presented Buehrle with a bit of a problem. His only two starts of the month so far have resulted in eight runs in 11 1/3 frames. Three of his eight hits allowed have left the yard.

Red Sox vs. Buehrle (LHP)

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

Dustin Pedroia (32): .310/.355/.414, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Jonny Gomes (26): .333/.423/.524, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (22): .211/.273/.368, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

Jacoby Ellsbury (20): .316/.350/.474, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 strikeouts

Shane Victorino (18): .294/.278/.529, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts

Will Middlebrooks (11): .500/.545/.600, 1 double, 2 strikeouts

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

Daniel Nava (6): .333/.333/.833, 1 home run, 1 RBI

Ryan Lavarnway (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 RBI

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

Mike Carp and Brock Holt have never faced Buehrle.

Blue Jays vs. Peavy (RHP)

Edwin Encarnacion (21 plate appearances): .222 BA/.333 OBP/.278 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Jose Reyes (18): .278/.278/.278, 4 strikeouts

Jose Bautista (17): .143/.294/.143, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Adam Lind (9): .333/.333/.778, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Maicer Izturis (8): .429/.429/.571, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Brett Lawrie (8): .286/.375/.286, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Rajai Davis (7): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

J.P. Arencibia (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Colby Rasmus (6): .167/.167/.167

Emilio Bonifacio has struck out three times in three plate appearances against Peavy.

Mark DeRosa (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Josh Thole has never faced Peavy.

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