Lilly hopes to continue Sox success

Lilly hopes to continue Sox success

Ted Lilly is probably hoping that history repeats itself. Not his last start, though. He'll want to turn in a similar performance to the ones he did against Boston last season.

In 2005, the Red Sox struggled mightily versus Toronto's left-hander. Lilly went 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA against Boston -- a drastic contrast to the 10-11 record and 5.56 ERA he posted as a whole last year. It'll be interesting to see if Lilly can continue to solve the Sox in his second outing.

Lilly's first start for Toronto went bad very quickly. On April 8, he lasted just 2 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay and he issued six walks. Those free passes were the most he had allowed since walking eight on June 17, 2001. Lilly was fighting through a minor back injury in the week leading up to the start, but he said that there were no lingering issues.

Toronto will be hoping for a solid outing from Lilly, who will be attempting to seal a series win in the finale at Fenway Park. A victory would give the Blue Jays two series wins this year and the first against a team within the American League East. A loss would mean the opposite on both accounts: two series defeats and two at the hands of division rivals.

On Wednesday, Toronto used three home runs to power its way to an 8-4 win over Boston. The victory came a game after dropping the first contest during the home opener for the Red Sox.

Taking the mound for Boston in the final game of the three-game series will be Matt Clement, who didn't perform well against Toronto last year. He went 0-2 and posted an 8.34 ERA against the Jays in '05.

Pitching matchup
TOR: LHP Ted Lilly (0-0, 11.57 ERA)
Lilly will be making his second start of the year, this time against the Red Sox, who the left-hander victimized last season. In 2005, Lilly went undefeated with 19 strikeouts across 30 innings versus Boston. He hasn't fared as well at Fenway Park, though, going 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in seven starts at the stadium.

BOS: RHP Matt Clement (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
The right-hander came out strong in his first start, firing six shutout innings before giving up four runs in his last inning of work. He recorded the victory over the Orioles. This is Clement's first start of the year at Fenway Park, where he went 8-4 with a 4.90 ERA last year.

Players to watch
With Clement on the hill, Toronto manager John Gibbons will most likely start left-handed hitters Eric Hinske and Frank Catalanotto in right and left field, respectively. In their careers against Clement, Hinske is hitting .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles and two RBIs and Catalanotto has a .333 (4-for-12) average with a homer and five RBIs.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• FAN 590 AM

Up next
• Friday: Blue Jays (Scott Downs, 0-0, 5.40 ERA) at White Sox (Javier Vazquez, 0-0, 2.57 ERA), 8:35 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Blue Jays (A.J. Burnett, 12-12, 3.44 ERA in 2005) at White Sox (Mark Buehrle, 1-0, 2.25 ERA), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Blue Jays (Josh Towers, 0-2, 6.75 ERA) at White Sox (Freddy Garcia, 1-1, 9.00 ERA), 2:05 p.m. ET

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.