Friday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: David Price vs. R.A. Dickey

June 03, 2016 - 5:05 am
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Following last weekend's eventful series in Toronto, the Red Sox will welcome the Blue Jays to Fenway Park for another three-game series. In Friday's opener the Sox will send former Blue Jay David Price to the mound, while Toronto will counter with knuckleballer R.A Dickey. Price is 7-1 with a 5.11 ERA and 1.223 WHIP. On Sunday the Sox ace made his first start back at the Rogers Centre since joining Boston. In that start Price went 6 1/3 innings but wasn't rewarded with a decision after giving up two runs, five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in a game the Sox won 5-3 in 11 innings. Toronto fans showed their appreciation for Price by clapping when he was pulled from the game. "I mean, I wanted to go out there and help us win," Price said after the start. "This is a very tough lineup to navigate through, one through nine. Swings the bat extremely well, so for me, I wanted to continue with what I have done my past couple starts and give us a chance to win." Price also faced Toronto on April 16, picking up the win after pitching seven innings and allowing two runs, six hits and no walks while recording nine strikeouts. Price is 17-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 1.063 WHIP against the Blue Jays in his career, covering 23 starts. The 30-year-old left-hander has had far less success against slugger Jose Bautista. In Sunday's start Bautista blasted a 360-foot two-run home run to left field off Price. It was Bautista's sixth home run off Price, which is the most Bautista has against any pitcher. Bautista is hitting .345/.422/.745 with 14 RBIs in 64 plate appearances against Price. Dickey originally was scheduled to start Saturday's game, but he was switched with Marcus Stroman. Dickey is 2-6 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.318 WHIP. He is hoping to start June on a strong note after picking up only one win in May. In his career Dickey has a 3.40 ERA and a 1.126 WHIP in June, making it his best month. The knuckleballer's last start was Sunday against the Red Sox (and Price). In the start Dickey, 41, had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning, but things quickly unraveled. After opening the inning with a strikeout (his only K of the game), Dickey surrendered three straight hits followed by a walk and a hit batsman and then was pulled. He was charged with three runs. "I didn't really have a swing-and-miss knuckleball today, but I did have a really hard one and it was moving late and off the barrel enough that they were hitting pieces of it," Dickey said after the start. "And then a couple singles, a walk and next thing you know, you've give up a couple of runs. That's a really good hitting ball club, so I'm not going to give in their hitters." Dickey has made two other starts against the Sox this year. On April 9 he went five innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks while recording nine strikeouts in a 8-4 Sox win, and on April 15 he lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts in Boston's 5-3 win. In his 14-year career Dickey has faced the Red Sox 25 times (19 starts), going 6-8 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.331 WHIP. Blue Jays vs. Price (LHP) Jose Bautista (64 plate appearances): .354 AVG./.422 OBP/.745 SLG, 4 doubles, 6 HR, 14 RBIs, 7 walks, 11 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (50): .227/.300/.455, 1 double, 3 HR, 7 home runs, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts Russell Martin (29): .200/.310/.200, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts Josh Donaldson (15): .286/.333/.571, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Justin Smoak (10): .111/.200/.111, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Kevin Pillar (9): .111/.111/.444, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 strikeouts Josh Thole (7): .167/.167/.167, 2 strikeouts Darwin Barney is 0-for-6 with two strikeouts. Devon Travis is 3-for-6. Ezequiel Carrera is 3-for-5. Ryan Goins is 0-for-5 with 2 strikeouts. Michael Saunders is 0-for-3 with 1 strikeout. Marco Estrada struck out in his only plate appearance. Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (53 plate appearances): .255 AVG./.283 OBP/.373 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts David Ortiz (41): .278/.366/.611, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBIs, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (40): .263/.300/.474, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (38): .361/.395/.556, 4 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts Mookie Betts (33): .323/.364/.548, 1 double, 3 triples, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Travis Shaw (15): .333/.467/.750, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Chris Young (13): .077/.077/.154, 1 double, 5 strikeouts Christian Vazquez (12): .250/.250/.333, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Rusney Castillo (9): .250/.333/.375, 1 double, 1 walk Ryan Hanigan (9): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Blake Swihart (8): .167/.250/.167, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Josh Rutledge is 0-for-1 with a walk.