THE LAST TURN: In their last turn through the rotation, none of the Sox’ last 5 starters have allowed more than 3 runs, going 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP).
· The last 3 Red Sox starters — Eduardo Rodriguez (1 R, 6.0 IP), Clay Buchholz (1 R, 8.0 IP), and Justin Masterson (1 R/0 ER, 5.0 IP) — have combined to go 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA (2 ER/19.0 IP)…The last time 4 straight Sox starters allowed 1 run or less was a 4-game stretch from 5/12-15/12.
GOING FOR 4: The Red Sox have won their last 3 games, tying their longest win streak of the season (3rd time, 1st since 6/5-7) after alternating wins and losses over the previous 8 contests…The club is 8-4 (.667) in its last 12 games, tied for the best record and most wins in the AL since 6/18 (also LAA, 8-4)…They are also tied for the AL lead with a 9-5 mark (.643) since 6/16 (also BAL, KC, LAA) since a season-long 7-game losing streak.
· Boston has lost 6 of its last 8 at home but has won 7 of its last 9 on the road.
· Boston has won its last 8 games when holding opponents to 3 runs or less, accounting for each of the club’s last 8 victories since 6/18 (8-4 in that time).
UNDER THE SUN: The Red Sox play a day game today in Toronto as the Blue Jays celebrate Canada Day…Boston ranks 4th in MLB with an average of 4.9 R/G in day games (138 R/28 G) compared to 3.6 R/G (183 R) in 51 contests at night…35% of Boston’s games have been in the day, but 45% of their homers (34 of 76) have come in the day.