The Red Sox are in town, but Nori Aoki isnít anymore. Meanwhile, Brett Anderson is roaming the outfield. Another lefty who is trying to work his way back to being the pitcher he was prior to his injury, TJ House, was jettisoned as soon as he appeared. The hint of expanded rosters is just around the corner. Itís the end of the dog days of August.
On Monday, fans are treated to the best pitching matchup of the series as two of the top 5 pitchers in ERA in the AL face off. Marcus Stroman is looking for his 12th win of the year, which would set a career-high. Pomeranz, having already set a career-high in wins this year, is looking to improve to 14-4. Pomeranz is fifth in the AL in ERA at 3.18, while Stroman is narrowly ahead of him at 3.17.
On Tuesday, Chris Sale gets the call for Boston and Tom Koehler will make his second start for a team that isnít the Miami Marlins (assuming that Brett Anderson is just in town on a sightseeing trip). A Bronx native, Koehler has made one career start against Boston where he allowed five runs in 6 innings, although only one run was earned.
On Wednesday, Toronto sends JA Happ to the hill against Rick Porcello before heading to Baltimore for a four game set.