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GDB 31.0: Will sparks fly between Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox as Alek Manoah takes the mound?

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Photo credit:John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
1 year ago
It’s bump day for Alek Manoah today and it could be a fun one as the Jays look to grab a win against the Red Sox at Fenway.
It’s been a tough few days for Toronto since getting to Beantown. They’ve been outscored 13-11 with Boston scoring late in both games to win. On Monday, Alex Verdugo walked it off with a home run in the 9th. Yesterday, it was a Connor Wong home run in the bottom of the 8th that gave them a lead they wouldn’t look back from.
Tonight, it should be nothing short of interesting. Manoah is looking to string together his third solid performance. In his last two, where he faced the Yankees and Mariners, he’s given up eight hits, five walks and 12 strikeouts while allowing just two earned runs.
Of course, we can’t talk about Manoah and the Red Sox without acknowledging the drama that ensued last year, and has already continued into this season. A firey competitor, Manoah told Franchy Cordero and Bobby Dalbec to go sit down after striking them out in a July affair.
In early April, Verdugo took a shot out of nowhere at Manoah about it, but has since tried to backtrack his comments.
“I regret saying what I did, at least to the media, because it’s something I think I should have just, man-to-man, said it to him,” Verdugo said. “I feel like at some point now, I would like to have a conversation with him. I’d like to talk to him. Just me and him. Kind of clear out some air, just be professional about it.
“Obviously, he’s one of those guys who’s a good pitcher and he carries a chip on his shoulder. We’re just going to see what happens. For me, it’s not going to be to go up there and try to get emotional with it.”
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. EST
Weather: 11C. 8 MPH ENE winds. “Some lingering light rain early, clearing. A late start is possible but the game should play.” (RotoGrinders)
The teams: 
Toronto Blue Jays: 18-12, 6.0 GB, +1.5 WCGB. +12 DIFF
Boston Red Sox: 17-14, 7.5 GB, – WCGB. +14 DIFF
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -139; BOS +118.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Alek Manoah RHP — 1-1, 4.88 ERA, 1.628 WHIP, 8.0 K9
BOS: Nick Pivetta RHP — 1-2, 5.11 ERA, 1.378 WHIP, 10.2 K9
Lineups: 
Toronto
  1. G Springer (R) RF
  2. B Bichette (R) SS
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. M Chapman (R) DH
  5. D Varsho (L) LF
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. W Merrifield (R) 2B
  8. S Espinal (R) 3B
  9. K Kiermaier (L) CF
Red Sox
  1. A Verdugo (L) RF
  2. M Yoshida (L) LF
  3. J Turner (R) DH
  4. R Devers (L) 3B
  5. J Duran (L) CF
  6. T Casas (L) 1B
  7. E Valdez (L) 2B
  8. K Hernández (R) SS
  9. C Wong (R) C

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