Series preview: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays

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Series preview: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays

Red Sox (2-9) vs. Blue Jays (6-6)
Series schedule

Friday, 7:10 p.m. on NESN
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. on NESN
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. on NESN

Starting pitchers

Friday: Clay Buchholz (0-2, 7.20) vs. Brett Cecil (0-1, 7.20)
Saturday: Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.08) vs. Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 5.23)
Sunday: Jon Lester (0-1, 3.72) vs. Jesse Litsch (1-0, 2.38)

Previous games

The Red Sox lost both games against the Rays in a rain-shortened series this week. Their last game was Tuesday, a 3-2 defeat in which David Price outpitched Jon Lester in a battle of Cy Young favorites. Jed Lowrie had two hits and an RBI in a losing effort.

The Blue Jays lost their first two games against the Mariners this week before winning Wednesday's series finale, 8-3. Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer and Yunel Escobar and Jose Molina had three hits apiece for Toronto.

Head-to-head

The Red Sox went 12-6 against the Blue Jays last season. This is the first meeting between the AL East rivals this year.

Who's hot?
Reliever Bobby Jenks has yet to allow a hit or a run in four appearances (spanning four innings) this season. Lowrie is 6-for-9 in his last three games. Dustin Pedroia has scored a run in five straight games, going 10-for-19 during that span.

Storylines
Obviously the Red Sox are still looking to get their season on track. From their starting pitching to their relievers to their offense, no area of the team is without blame to this point. This will be the first game for Blue Jays manager John Farrell against the team for which he worked as pitching coach the last four seasons.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.