Tuesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. Todd Redmond

August 13, 2013 - 3:17 am

As the dog days of August stretch on, and the Red Sox take their business to Toronto for a three-game set with the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, right-hander Ryan Dempster gets the ball in the series opener to oppose righty Todd Redmond. Dempster (6-8, 4.67 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) has been stuck in a funk of late. His only two starts this month have seen him give up a combined 12 runs to the usually impotent Astros and Mariners, and he hasn'€™t recorded a quality start since he faced the Angels on July 6, the same date he last pitched more than six innings. That most recent outing against Houston on Wednesday, however, did provide signs of encouragement. He allowed two runs through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth, finishing his day with five runs on seven hits against his ledger. Dempster struck out seven, his highest total in three months, and walked none for the first time since he made the move to the American League at last year'€™s trade deadline. Dempster was in line for the loss until Stephen Drew'€™s three-run homer in the top of the ninth put the Sox ahead for good. '€œI want to try and pitch better so that I can leave the game leading instead of leave the game losing,'€ Dempster said afterward. '€œThat'€™s my goal for my next start.'€ Exiting with the lead is something Dempster has done twice already this season against the Blue Jays, a team he has seen three times this season, including once at the Rogers Centre (one earned in six innings on May 2). In those three starts, Dempster has allowed a combined nine runs on 18 hits in 16 1/3 innings, walking seven and striking out 12 in the process. Redmond, meanwhile, has bounced back and forth between the majors and Triple-A Buffalo most of the season. He last pitched in a game Aug. 2 when he started in the Blue Jays' 7-5 loss to the Angels, allowing three runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. In nine major league games (six starts) the last two years '€” one of which came with the Reds in 2012, and none of which have come against the Sox '€” Redmond owns a 4.84 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He hasn't fared much better in the minors either this year, struggling to the tune of a 5.06 ERA and 1.28 WHIP while averaging 5 1/3 innings in his six games. Redmond, 28, has been in something of a whirlwind since 2013 began, moving from the Reds to the Orioles on a waiver claim in February, then from Baltimore to Toronto six weeks later on another waiver claim. A 39th-round draft pick of the Pirates in 2004, Redmond made his major league debut a year ago this Sunday. Red Sox vs. Redmond (RHP) No Red Sox have ever faced Redmond. Blue Jays vs. Dempster (RHP) Edwin Encarnacion (23 plate appearances): .200 BA/.304 OBP/.350 SLG, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Emilio Bonifacio (22): .250/.318/.450, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Jose Bautista (21): .278/.381/.500, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Colby Rasmus (19): .235/.316/.294, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Jose Reyes (16): .286/.375/.429, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts J.P. Arencibia (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Adam Lind (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Josh Thole (7): .167/.286/.333, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Mark DeRosa (6): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Brett Lawrie (5): .200/.200/.800, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Rajai Davis (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout Maicer Izturis (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout