(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox begin life without the excitable Kevin
Youkilis this evening when they open a three-game set against the Toronto Blue
Jays at Fenway Park.
Youkilis was dealt to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday following the Red Sox's
9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Youkilis became expendable thanks to the emergence of third baseman Will
Middlebrooks. After sitting for three games, Youkilis started on Sunday and
went 2-for-4. Following his RBI triple with two outs in the seventh, he was
taken out of the game and shook hands with several players before stepping
back out of the dugout and tipping his hat to the fans he played in front of
"Someone was looking down at him because that was the perfect way to come
out," said Boston manager Bobby Valentine.
Middlebrooks is 10-for-16 with three homers and 10 RBI in the first six games
of this homestand and leads all AL rookies with nine homers and 34 RBI this
"The way Middlebrooks was playing, he needs to be in the lineup every day,"
general manager Ben Cherington said. "Bobby's done a good job of shuffling."
Boston has won nine of its last 11 games,
Getting the call for the Red Sox tonight will be lefty Felix Doubront, who has
won four of his last five starts. Doubront beat the Miami Marlins on
Wednesday, but was not impressive in the 15-5 win, as he allowed four runs and
nine hits in six innings. Still, he improved to 8-3 to go along with a 4.31
"My teammates have scored a lot of runs to help me in those kinds of
situations when I give up runs," Doubront said. "That helps me. We're a great
Doubront, who has gone six innings in nine of 12 starts since April 2, is 1-0
in two starts against the Jays this season and has pitched to a 3.18 ERA in
The Blue Jays will pin their hopes on righty Henderson Alvarez, who is 3-6
with a 4.30 ERA. Alvarez did not get a decision last Monday in Milwaukee,
despite giving up six runs in only four innings of work in his team's 7-6
Alvarez lost to the Red Sox back on June 1 and is 0-1 in three starts against
them with a 2.45 ERA.
Toronto was denied a series sweep against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, falling
Colby Rasmus had a pair of hits for the Blue Jays, who had won six of their
previous eight games. Jesse Chavez (0-1) was doomed by a couple bad innings,
yielding six runs and seven hits in six frames.
Toronto has split its six games with the Red Sox this season.
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