Rubby De La Rosa

Tuesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. R.A. Dickey

August 26, 2014 - 8:25 am
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After snapping their eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings Monday night in Toronto, the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays in the middle game of their three-game set Tuesday night with Rubby De Le Rosa taking the mound opposite knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. De La Rosa (4-5, 3.69) is coming off a solid outing against the Angels on Thursday in which he allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 2-0 loss. "I thought he was really strong early on," Farrell said after the game. "He settled in and was very good. I thought he pitched well enough to win on most nights." De La Rosa has started twice against the Jays this season, going 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA. When he faced the Jays on July 29 he gave up three runs in six innings in a 4-2 loss. De La Rosa has especially had trouble with Juan Francisco, who is 4-for-5 with a home run, triple and double against the right-hander. The Blue Jays, like the Red Sox, have had a rough August. Toronto is 6-15 this month and is in danger of falling to .500 for the first time since May 15. The Jays had won six in a row and 10-of-13 against the Red Sox this season -- and almost stole Monday night's game, tying the score in the ninth inning of Koji Uehara before Boston battled back in the extra inning. Dickey (10-12, 4.08 ERA) is 3-0 against the Sox this year with a 2.79 ERA. Most recently, he allowed one run on three hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts in a 14-1 rout of the Sox on July 28. Dickey picked up his first win in his last four starts in his most recent outing, last Wednesday's 9-5 victory over the Brewers, despite giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings. Will Middlebrooks is the Sox' top hitter against Dickey, going 3-for-8 with two home runs and three RBIs. Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (22 plate appearances): .143/.182/.325, 1 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Kelly Johnson (20): .222/.300/.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts David Ortiz (20): .333/.400/.778, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts Mike Napoli (17): .313/.353/.438, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Yoenis Cespedes (13): 231/.231/.692, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts Daniel Nava (12): 273/.250/.364, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (9): 375/.444/.1.250, 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout David Ross (9): 125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout Christian Vazquez (3): 333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Allen Craig grounded into a double play in his only at-bat against Dickey. Blue Jays vs. De La Rosa (RHP) Jose Bautista (7): .500/.714/.500, 2 walks Jose Reyes (7): 286/.286/.286 Melky Cabrera (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk Dioner Navarro (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 walk Juan Francisco (5): .800/.800/2.000, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 2 RBIs Munenori Kawasaki (5): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout Danny Valencia (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Colby Rasmus (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI