Rick Porcello Looks To Get Red Sox Back On Track Vs. Blue Jays

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The Boston Red Sox will look to avoid losing a third consecutive game for the first time since mid-April as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in Game 2 of their three-game weekend series.

Starting on the mound for the Red Sox will be Rick Porcello, who has enjoyed a renaissance this season after a rocky 2015 campaign. The right-hander boasts a 3.47 ERA — second among Boston starters behind Steven Wright — and a 7-2 record that includes two wins over Toronto.

The Blue Jays will counter with their ace, Marcus Stroman, who was knocked around for five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings when he last faced the Red Sox on April 8.

David Ortiz will return to the Red Sox’s lineup after not playing in Friday’s 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Left fielder Chris Young will, as well, replacing Blake Swihart in left field. Swihart went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Friday night.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams:

RED SOX (29-19)
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Chris Young, LF
Christian Vazquez, C

Rick Porcello, RHP (7-2, 3.47 ERA)

BLUE JAYS (25-25)
Jose Bautista, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Michael Saunders, LF
Justin Smoak, 1B
Russell Martin, C
Devon Travis, 2B
Darwin Barney, SS
Kevin Pillar, CF

Marcus Sroman, RHP (5-1, 3.89 ERA)

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

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