"It's our job," Kevin Youkilis said after the latest batch of injury news Friday. "Our job is to play baseball. You've got to go out there and do your job, plain and simple. You can't cry, 'Boo-hoo, we don't have our starters in.' You can't do much about it, but you can't cry about it. You just play hard, because anyone can win in this game. That's why the bottom teams beat the best teams in the game. It's baseball. Crazy things can happen."
Jarvis, obtained Thursday from Arizona, is a 37-year-old right-hander who will be making his 116th Major League start, compiling a 33-44 mark with four complete games. This will be his first career appearance against Toronto since 1997.
Toronto sends right-hander A.J. Burnett to the mound as the Red Sox look for their third straight win in the four-game weekend series.
TOR: RHP A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.53 ERA)
Burnett pitched through rainy conditions in his last start, giving up six runs on 10 hits in seven innings against Cleveland on Aug. 28. The right-hander wouldn't blame the conditions on the ineffectiveness of his pitches, though. His four-seam fastball was up in the zone and his two-seamer failed to sink, helping the Indians connect on seven extra-base hits against Burnett. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak in which Burnett posted a 3.04 ERA. The righty's only career start against Boston came on April 21, when he left the game after four innings due to an elbow injury that led to a two-month stay on the disabled list.
BOS: RHP Kevin Jarvis (0-1, 11.91 ERA)
The 37-year-old right-hander makes his Boston debut just two days after being acquired from Arizona for a player to be named later. This season, he made one start for the Diamondbacks and four relief appearances between June 4-17 before being designated for assignment on June 19. In his only start, he allowed eight runs and nine hits against Texas over five innings and took the loss in Arizona's 8-4 loss at Texas on June 17.
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Eric Hinske has hit safely in five straight games, going 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, two RBIs and a run to break out of a 1-for-21 slump in his previous nine games.
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Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 14-9, 5.11) vs. Blue Jays (LHP Gustavo Chacin, 6-3, 5.90), 4:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Red Sox (TBA) vs. White Sox (RHP Jon Garland, 16-4, 4.47), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (Kason Gabbard, 0-3, 6.35) vs. White Sox (RHP Javier Vazquez, 11-8, 4.98), 7:05 p.m. ET