While Toronto will not face Japanese phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka, whom it defeated in Toronto on April 17, the Blue Jays face knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in Monday's series opener. Wakefield has been the Red Sox's most consistent pitcher thus far, and his fluttering delivery can be tough on teams struggling at the plate, as the Jays have been.
"[Wakefield] can't be as good as he was last time we faced him -- he was lights-out," second baseman Aaron Hill said.
The Blue Jays went 6-3 at Fenway Park last year, and manager John Gibbons hopes a return to a place where they've had success will be a wakeup call.
"Maybe it'll be a shot of adrenaline for us," Gibbons said. "In the past, we've always played very good there. ... Maybe that's what we need going in there, all the energy that place provides. Maybe it'll help us out. We'll see."
TOR: RHP Tomo Ohka (0-2, 7.02 ERA)
Three starts into 2007, Ohka is still searching for his first victory as a Blue Jay. The right-hander has gradually increased his innings pitched in each start, tossing 6 1/3 frames against the Red Sox on Wednesday, when he allowed four hits -- but three homers -- in a no-decision.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (2-1, 1.35 ERA)
Wakefield's knuckler has been at its baffling best in 2007, and he bested the Blue Jays and Ohka in his last outing. The right-hander has walked seven and struck out 11 in 20 innings.
Player to watch
Frank Thomas may be struggling, his average hovering around .200, but the big designated hitter loves Fenway Park, where he's a lifetime .331 (84-for-254) hitter with 16 homers and 52 RBIs in 68 games. In Sunday's loss to the Orioles, Thomas had his first two-hit game since April 7.
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Tuesday: Blue Jays (RHP Roy Halladay, 2-0, 2.37) at Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 0-1, 6.75), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Blue Jays (RHP A.J. Burnett, 1-1, 5.57) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 1-0, 1.85), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Blue Jays (RHP Josh Towers, 1-2, 3.44) at Yankees (RHP Jeff Karstens, 0-1, 14.54), 7:05 p.m. ET