Toronto’s Hernandez puts 14-game hit streak on the line against Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays (19-16, third in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (12-25, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Toronto: Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.27 ERA) Boston: Martin Perez (2-4, 4.59 ERA)
LINE: Blue Jays 1; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Teoscar Hernandez is riding a 14-game hitting streak as Toronto readies to play Boston.
The Red Sox are 7-18 against the rest of their division. The Boston offense has compiled a .255 batting average as a team this season, good for tenth in the American League. Alex Verdugo leads the team with an average of .315.
The Blue Jays are 12-10 against AL East Division teams. Toronto has hit 55 home runs this season, sixth in the league. Hernandez leads the club with 12, averaging one every 10.9 at-bats.
TOP PERFORMERS: Verdugo leads the Red Sox with 18 extra base hits and is batting .315.
Hernandez leads the Blue Jays with 12 home runs and has 22 RBIs.
INJURIES: Red Sox: Chris Sale: (elbow), Eduardo Rodriguez: (heart), Martin Perez: (blister), Darwinzon Hernandez: (sc joint), Nathan Eovaldi: (calf), Andrew Benintendi: (rib), Dustin Pedroia: (knee).
Blue Jays: Trent Thornton: (right elbow), Matt Shoemaker: (right shoulder), Jordan Romano: (finger), Nate Pearson: (elbow), Ken Giles: (right elbow), Yennsy Diaz: (lat), Bo Bichette: (knee).