Jays aim to split series

Jays aim to split series with Sox in finale

One more game. That's all Toronto has left remaining in Boston before it can finally return to the comforts of Rogers Centre. The upcoming homestand is only three games long, but the Blue Jays will take it.

Toronto is 1-5 on its current road trip, dropping its record to 29-39 overall away from home this year. On Saturday, the Blue Jays picked up their only victory so far on the current trip behind a solid performance by starter A.J. Burnett. Toronto will aim to salvage a series split at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Taking the mound for the Jays will be left-hander Gustavo Chacin, who suffered a minor scare in his last start. On Tuesday, the left-hander walked off the mound shaking his hand after firing his 96th pitch against the Indians. Chacin's right index finger locked up and he was forced to leave the game. Afterwards, the southpaw said his hand felt fine.

The injury isn't serious enough to keep Chacin from making his next start. That was great news, considering the lefty has already missed more than two months this season because of a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow. Sunday will mark his third trip to the mound since being activated from the 15-day disabled list.

The abrupt ending to Chacin's start tainted an otherwise solid outing by the pitcher. In 5 1/3 innings, Chacin gave up one run on two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in a no-decision against Cleveland. The only run he allowed came on a solo home run in the first inning.

Boston will counter with right-hander Josh Beckett, who took a hard-luck loss his last time out. Beckett gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings against the A's, but he picked up his ninth defeat of the season. The righty is 6-4 with a 4.83 ERA at Fenway Park this year.

Pitching matchup
TOR: LHP Gustavo Chacin (6-3, 5.90 ERA)
Chacin is 3-0 with a 5.11 ERA in five career outings against the Red Sox.

BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (14-9, 5.1 ERA)
Beckett is 1-1 with a 6.38 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays.

Player to watch
Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells has hit .500 (6-for-12) with four home runs and six RBIs in his career against Beckett.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• FAN 590 AM

Up next
• 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
• Wednesday: Indians (RHP Jake Westbrook, 12-8, 4.21) at Blue Jays (LHP Ted Lilly, 11-12, 4.70), 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.