Jays turn to Burnett to stop skid

Jays turn to Burnett to stop skid

Toronto starter A.J. Burnett pitched poorly in the rain during his last trip to the mound, so he hopes a schedule change will help him avoid a similar situation on Saturday.

With Tropical Storm Ernesto heading for New England, the Blue Jays and Red Sox bumped their original start time up by six hours, aiming to avoid the showers that are predicted to hit the Boston area Saturday night. The game will still be televised on RSN.

In his last start, Burnett allowed six runs on 10 hits in seven innings of a loss to Cleveland on Aug. 28. The right-hander didn't have good command of his four-seam fastball or his sinker, but he wouldn't blame the soggy conditions for his struggles. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak in which Burnett posted a 3.04 ERA.

Burnett will be trying to put an end to Toronto's current five-game losing streak, which began with his last defeat. The Jays were swept in Cleveland and have dropped the first two contests of the four-game set with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Toronto's starter hasn't had a great time pitching against Boston since joining the Blue Jays. Burnett has only logged four innings against the Red Sox this season, but those were the only frames he turned in on April 21, when he left his start after reinjuring his right elbow. Burnett then spent two months on the disabled list. The Red Sox were also his opponent when he first suffered the injury during Spring Training.

Boston will counter with right-hander Kevin Jarvis, who was acquired in a trade with the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Jarvis made five appearances, including one start, for Arizona this year. In his lone start, Jarvis allowed eight runs on nine hits in five innings of a loss to Texas on June 17. He's 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA in one career outing at Fenway Park.

Pitching matchup
TOR: RHP A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.53 ERA)
Burnett is 2-5 with a 5.17 ERA in eight starts on the road this season.

BOS: RHP Kevin Jarvis (0-1, 11.91 ERA)
Jarvis is 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA in three career appearances against Toronto.

Player to watch
Since his 0-for-18 stretch at the plate, Toronto right fielder Alex Rios is 5-for-10 with a double, triple and two RBIs.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• FAN 590 AM

Up next
• Sunday: Blue Jays (LHP Gustavo Chacin, 6-3, 5.90) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 14-9, 5.11) 4:05 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
• Tuesday: Indians (LHP Jeremy Sowers, 6-3, 3.42) at Blue Jays (RHP Roy Halladay, 16-5, 3.29) 7:07 p.m. ET

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