On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox will take to the field at the Rogers Centre to battle the Toronto Blue Jays in the third and final game of the weekend series, with an opportunity to sweep their third series in a row.
After being swept at home by the Chicago White Sox, the Sox decided to break out their own brooms. The swept the Oakland A’s to finish off their homestand, swept the New York Yankees for the second time this season at Yankee Stadium, and are now on the verge of sweeping the Blue Jays.
To boot, the Sox are doing it on very little rest. After a three and a half hour rain delay against the Yankees on Thursday night, the weary Sox traveled up to Toronto for a night game followed by a Saturday day game. After Sunday’s game, the Sox will get a much needed day off.
“No use lying, we’re a little tired,’’ manager Terry Francona told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “But I think our guys do a good job. They like to play baseball. It’s not like you have to drag them to the ballpark.’’
The Sox’ play of late certainly doesn’t indicate their exhaustion. During their current eight-game winning streak, the longest in the majors, the Sox are averaging 8.6 runs per game, and they send the American League’s leader in wins, Jon Lester, to the hill this afternoon.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez will also attempt to become the first Red Sox player to drive in runs in nine consecutive games since Manny Ramirez pulled off the feat in 2002. Gonzalez continues to lead the AL in runs batted in with 58, and is now tied with Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista for the highest batting average in the league as well, at .338.
While the off-day on Monday will be a nice respite for the Sox, they want to go into their period of rest with just one more win, and one more sweep.
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