"Coming in here, obviously, all these games are important to us regardless of where we are in the standings," Halladay said. "To come in and get off to a rough start with another three games to go isn't ideal, but hopefully we finish up strong here."
Taking the ball next is Toronto left-hander Ted Lilly, who has posted a 14.09 ERA in his last two starts. In those outings, though, the Jays have contributed 20 runs of support, allowing Lilly to escape with a 1-0 record in the pair of appearances. In his last start, Lilly gave up six runs, including five earned, on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of a win over the Royals on Sunday.
Boston will counter with right-hander Kyle Snyder, who has only been able to go more than five innings in one of the six starts he has made for the Red Sox. He is 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA at Fenway this season in eight outings, two of which have been starts.
TOR: LHP Ted Lilly (11-11, 4.78 ERA)
Lilly is 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 18 career appearances against the Red Sox.
BOS: RHP Kyle Snyder (3-3, 6.91 ERA)
Snyder is 0-2 with an 11.45 ERA in three career outings against Toronto.
Players to watch
Against Snyder, Toronto outfielders Vernon Wells and Frank Catalanotto each have six career at-bats -- more than any other Blue Jays. Both Wells and Catalanotto have gone 3-for-6 against the right-hander.
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Saturday: Blue Jays (RHP A.J. Burnett, 6-6, 4.53) at Red Sox (TBA), 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Blue Jays (LHP Gustavo Chacin, 6-3, 5.90) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 14-9, 5.11), 2:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Indians (LHP C.C. Sabathia, 10-8, 3.22) at Blue Jays (RHP Shaun Marcum, 2-3, 5.37), 1:07 p.m. ET