Doug Fister was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels in late June but he has been the best starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox over the past two weeks. The Red Sox will be looking for another quality outing in Wednesday’s rubber match against the Toronto Blue Jays after using 12 pitchers in Tuesday’s 19-inning marathon win.
Boston’s day started on an ominous note when they admitted to using an Apple Watch to steal signs from the Yankees, but the Red Sox pushed their lead atop the American League East to 3 1/2 games when Hanley Ramirez’s bloop single capped a 3-2 victory shortly after New York suffered a walk-off loss in Baltimore. Mookie Betts had a pair of doubles among three hits and scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run in the 19th to halt Boston’s three-game skid. The longest game in the majors this year not only ended in Toronto’s 14th walk-off loss of the season but the club also set a franchise record by striking out 23 times. Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales homered for the second straight game and has five blasts and 13 RBIs in his last six games.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet, TVA Sports (Toronto), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.01 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Doug Fister (4-7, 4.19)
Biagini has made one-third of his 39 appearances as a starter and the best was last time out at Baltimore, when he struck out a career-best 10 batters in seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball. He has made five appearances (one start) against the Red Sox this season, giving up seven runs and 12 hits over 11 innings. Betts is 5-for-9 with two homers and seven RBIs against Biagini.
Fister gave the Red Sox their only victory in a four-game set at Yankee Stadium on Friday, working seven strong innings and allowing one run on four hits. The 33-year-old pitched seven innings in his previous turn but was saddled with the loss despite yielding two runs and five hits over seven innings. Morales is 9-for-27 with three homers and Jose Bautista 7-for-20 against Fister.
1. The Red Sox got 13 scoreless innings from their bullpen and tied an AL record by using 12 pitchers .
2. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who has missed the past four games while dealing with a personal issue, is not expected back until Friday.
3. Red Sox RHP Carson Smith was activated off the disabled list and tossed a scoreless inning in his first appearance since May 2016.
PREDICTION: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3