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Nine to Know: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays

My files overflow each day with stats, factoids, and observations that are sometimes relevant, sometimes irrelevant, and sometimes simply intriguing. At the start of each Red Sox series, I will share some of these with you in my "Nine to Know." Feel free to alert me to a stat that you find of interest.

It will take less time for Michael Pineda to wash that sticky stuff off his neck than it will for me to cleanse my brain of that horribly messy 14-5 loss to New York last night. The five official Boston errors were their most in a game since they made five miscues against the Royals almost 13 years ago (4/28/01), in a game they lost, 6-2. In that game they allowed only two unearned runs, last night they allowed five...for the second time in their last three games (Ugh!).

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Nine to Know: Red Sox (10-13) versus Blue Jays (11-11)

1. The Sox have played seven series this season and are 1-6 in the first games of each series, defeating only Texas.

2. Last season, the Angels led the majors in 1st inning runs with 107; the Sox were second with 106. This season, once again the Angels lead the majors with 24 runs, but the Sox have scored only four runs, 29th in the majors (thank you, Mariners).

3. Last April, the first two batters in the Sox lineup hit .276. This season, they are hitting .226.

4. Batters are hitting .600 (12-22) off Clay Buchholz’ fastball this season. He’s only recorded four swings-and-misses on the pitch this season.

5. Speaking of fastballs, of the many distressing numbers starting to accumulate for Grady Sizemore, his .194 BA against fastballs can’t be ignored.

6. Jose Bautista has the longest streak in the majors by reaching base safely in all 22 games to begin the 2014 season. The Jays franchise record to begin the season is held by Vernon Wells who reached in 29 straight in 2006.

7. David Ortiz likes hitting against the Blue Jays. Over the last five seasons, he’s hit 18 homers against the Jays, 12 of them in Toronto.

8. The Sox are 25th in the majors hitting .216 with runners in scoring position. Toronto is 12th hitting .247.

9. While the Sox pen has a 2.69 ERA good for second in the AL, the Sox starters are 11th with a 4.48 ERA.

See you Tuesday, when the Sox face the Rays.