No one understands the power of the Blue Jays' lineup more than David Price. The left-hander, who was sent to Toronto at last year's Trade Deadline and played a pivotal role in its postseason run, faces his former club for the first time as a member of the Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park.
"It's something I've talked about being in this division, facing the lineups I have throughout my career, you can never take that off, you never have that inning where, 'Oh, I only have six, seven, eight,' that's never the case with the Blue Jays," Price said. "You have to be locked in from pitch to pitch, and that's a good thing."
Price will look to redeem himself with the Fenway faithful after a rough outing on Monday against the Orioles in his Red Sox home debut. He allowed five runs on five hits in five innings for a no-decision. Although he lacked command at times, he did strike out eight batters.
"I'm looking forward to it," Price said. "It's a tough team to pitch against, and I know I haven't thrown the baseball the way I know that I can thus far. To be able to go out tomorrow and be able to throw the way I know I can, that'll be a good step in the right direction."
Right-hander Marco Estrada gets the nod for the Blue Jays. He faced the Red Sox in his first start this season, dominating the club during seven scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and struck out eight batters for the win.
Things to know about this game
• Jose Bautista has had his fair share of success against Price. He's a career .327 hitter against the left-hander with five home runs and 11 RBIs.
• Price leads active starters (minimum 10 games) in winning percentage vs. Toronto and ranks second with a 2.41 ERA.
• David Ortiz holds the all-time record for doubles (65), home runs (59) and RBIs (182) against the Blue Jays.