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Jays' Buchholz faces former team, Red Sox, for 1st time

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Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Red Sox lost three of four games against the Yankees in their most recent series. Boston is 25-42 (.662) against teams currently at .500 or better, compared to 51-26 (.662) against teams below .500.
  2. The Blue Jays have lost seven consecutive games to begin the month of September. This month, Toronto ranks last in the majors in runs per game (2.1), batting average (.153) and OPS (.516).
  3. Mookie Betts currently leads the majors with 128 runs, while teammate Rafael Devers is tied for second with Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. with 116. The last pair of teammates to finish top two in baseball in runs in a season was Paul Molitor and Robin Yount of the 1982 Brewers.
  4. If projected starter T.J. Zeuch goes for Toronto, it will be the 20th different starting pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season, tying them for second most used in a season all-time (most recently the 1967 Mets). The 1915 Philadelphia Athletics hold the MLB record with 25 different starting pitchers used.
  5. Cavan Biggio has 12 home runs and is 10-for-10 in stolen bases this season. If he can avoid a caught stealing the rest of the way, he would become the first Jay with 10+ home runs and 10+ stolen bases without a caught stealing since Paul Molitor in 1995.
  6. Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts are just the second pair of Red Sox teammates with 80+ extra-base hits, 100+ runs and 100+ RBI in the same season -- Jim Rice and Fred Lynn reached those marks in 1979.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2019 thru 9/12/2019

When the Boston Red Sox last saw Clay Buchholz, the right-hander's time in the major leagues appeared close to the end -- a once-promising career derailed by injury.

Now, three years later, Buchholz is still in the league, and he faces his former club for the first time as his Toronto Blue Jays host the Red Sox in the finale of a three-game series Thursday.

Buchholz (1-4, 5.31 ERA) will make his fourth start since returning last month from a stint on the 60-day injured list caused by right shoulder inflammation. He'll be opposed by Boston righty Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.60).

Buchholz, a compensation-round pick by the Red Sox in the 2005 draft, pitched in Boston from 2007-16, his most notable accomplishment coming when he no-hit the Baltimore Orioles in his second career start. Injuries and inconsistency marked the rest of his tenure, though he went 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA in 2010 and 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts in 2013, making the All-Star team each year.

The Red Sox traded Buchholz to the Phillies in December 2016, and he tore the flexor tendon in his right forearm after his second start with Philadelphia and missed the remainder of the 2017 campaign. He resurfaced with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018 and went 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts to earn a one-year, $3 million deal with Toronto this year.

"I'm glad that he's still pitching and getting his action," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a former teammate of Buchholz. "This guy, we've seen him when he was young. For him to keep performing at this level is a testament to who he is."

Buchholz, 35, has made quality starts in two of his three appearances since his return from the IL. He gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings in a 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

"It's good to be back," he said. "You'd like to win, but for this group, it's a learning experience, a learning curve. I think in the near future, there will be a lot of wins for this team."

Signs of that have come in this series, as the Blue Jays have won the first two meetings. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are reeling, having lost five in a row to fall well off the American League wild-card pace. Boston was held to two hits while falling 8-0 on Wednesday.

"The effort is there, but the results are not," Cora said. "Obviously, everybody is disappointed at what's going on."

One of the few bright spots over the past week for Boston was Chacin. In his team debut, he struck out four over two perfect innings against the New York Yankees while pitching for the first time since July 24. He also threw a scoreless inning in relief against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

A starter his entire run with the Milwaukee Brewers before getting released earlier this year, Chacin is building back up into a source of innings for the Red Sox.

Chacin, having spent most his career in the National League, will face the Blue Jays for the first time.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 12, 2019

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