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TOR@TEX: Buehrle fans four, holds Rangers to two runs

It has been a nearly flawless season for Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle, with one exception.

Buehrle, who is tied for the Major League lead with seven wins and has a minuscule 2.11 ERA, took his lone loss on April 25 against the Red Sox. He got shelled in that outing, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Buehrle will have a chance for redemption in Thursday's series finale at Fenway Park as the Blue Jays go for the three-game sweep. Jon Lester will start for the Red Sox.

"I didn't have my location where I needed it to be in that start," Buehrle said. "I'm not thinking about the fact that they are my only loss or that I got my butt handed to me."

A road warrior so far this season, Buehrle has tossed quality starts in all five away contests, going 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA.

Those are tough numbers to compete with, but Lester should be up for the task as he looks to stop Boston's six-game skid. He went toe to toe with Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer on Friday in a tight 1-0 loss.

"You know going in that you can't give up too many [runs]. The other night, I gave up one and took the loss. That's the [lousy] part about it. However, as a pitcher, you have to enjoy it," Lester said. "You respect the other guy's craft and what he's able to do. It makes for a fun game. Pitchers enjoy it a lot more than hitters do."

Not only has Lester (4-5, 2.67 ERA) faced some of the toughest competition in the American League, he's dealt with very little run support. The Red Sox have scored only five runs in his five losses and 21 runs in his four wins.

"Our job is to win. I can't control anything else. I know these guys are trying to score 100 runs every night. It isn't a matter of effort," Lester said. "I'm having a rough year on that side, but I know as long as I continue to do what I'm suppose to do, we'll get there. I can't get wrapped up in that because if I do, I'll give up 10 runs."

The left-hander faced the Blue Jays on April 27 at Rogers Centre, allowing four runs on five hits in seven innings for the loss.

"The Blue Jays are very similar to the Tigers. They aren't going to beat you running the bases or with small ball. It is going to be those big hits," Lester said. "I just have to keep them in the ballpark. You make them go station to station."

Blue Jays: Saturday's starter still undecided
Toronto still hasn't named its starting pitcher for Saturday's game against Oakland.

While an announcement was expected on Wednesday, the team's decision was still uncertain. However, manager John Gibbons stated previously that the start would go to either long reliever Todd Redmond or Triple-A right-hander Liam Hendriks.

"I'm not sure yet, I thought I would know, but I'm not sure yet," Gibbons said. "So, I lied to you, not intentionally, but I lied to you (on Tuesday) ... Just waiting to announce it."

Red Sox: Doubront placed on DL
Felix Doubront was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a strained left shoulder. He came out of Tuesday's game with left shoulder fatigue after allowing five runs in four innings.

"It isn't one specific area that you have a strength deficit, even though he has overall fatigue," manager John Farrell said. "We saw that in the velocity last night. The exam didn't pinpoint one specific spot."

Doubront is 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA in nine starts this season. Prior to Tuesday's outing, Doubront surrendered just one earned run in back-to-back contests.

Worth Noting
• David Ortiz has 50 career home runs against the Blue Jays, his most against any team and third-most ever hit against Toronto.

• The Blue Jays lead the American League with 164 extra-base hits, including a Major League-best 84 in May.

• The Red Sox are 5-20 this season when their opponent scores first. Comments