Conventional wisdom dictates that to compete in the American League East, the Blue Jays have to play well against the Yankees and Red Sox. Toronto still has some work to do with New York (a 6-9 season record with three games remaining), but they have more than held their own against Boston.
Saturday's 5-3 win improved Toronto's record against Boston this season to 10-7 and ensured that the Jays would win the season series between the two clubs for the second straight year. It is the first time Toronto has won consecutive season series against its Beantown rivals since the Jays won three straight between 1987-1989.
Though both clubs have been eliminated from playoff contention, Toronto wants to finish second in the AL East to break the Yankees' and Red Sox's hold on the first- and second-place spots every year since 1998. The Blue Jays enter Sunday's game in third place, 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.
Southpaw Gustavo Chacin is coming off a quality start against Tampa Bay, when he allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Devil Rays. It was the fourth quality outing in a row for Chacin, who has a 1.80 ERA and a 2-0 record over that span.
Kyle Snyder, who makes his 10th start of the year for the Red Sox, looked dominant the last time he faced the Jays. Snyder held Toronto to two hits in seven shutout innings on Sept. 1. The win was a sharp turnaround for Snyder against the Jays: He had compiled an 0-2 record and 11.45 ERA against them in three previous appearances.
BOS: RHP Kyle Snyder (4-4, 6.28)
The early start may not bode well for Snyder. He is 0-3 with an 8.51 ERA in day games this year, as opposed to 4-1 with a 4.64 ERA in the moonlight.
TOR: LHP Gustavo Chacin (8-3, 4.87)
In three starts against Boston this season, Chacin has a perfect 3-0 record and a 2.81 ERA.
Player to watch
Alex Rios leads the Blue Jays with a .440 (22-for-50) batting average against Boston this season.
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Official game notes
Monday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 7-10, 4.50) at Blue Jays (RHP Shaun Marcum, 2-4, 5.51), 7:07 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Blue Jays (TBA) at Tigers (RHP Jeremy Bonderman, 13-8, 4.11), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Blue Jays (LHP Ted Lilly, 14-13, 4.41) at Tigers (LHP Nate Robertson, 13-12, 3.66), 7:05 p.m. ET
Mark Polishuk is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.