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The Boston Red Sox will turn back to their old starting outfield group in Saturday's matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays, with Jackie Bradley Jr. taking his spot in center field. Long before a bout of carpal tunnel syndrome forced him to skip a start against the New York Yankees this week and made his gaming habits a Beantown focal point, there were controversies over his performance, his comments on how the city's fans didn't care what type of person he was as long as he pitched well, his angry jousting with media, and a heated feud with NESN broadcaster and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.

Joe Biagini will make his third start of the season in place of Marcus Stroman, looking to rebound from a disastrous outing. The left-hander went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits, but walked four and stuck out six.

Christian Vazquez will start at catcher with David Price on the mound.

Making his first start in nine days, the left-hander allowed 2 runs and 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6 for his first victory since April 17.

"It was good to get back out there", Price said. Maybe most of the issues had to do with the Yankees lineup just being very good, opposed to being totally on the Red Sox relievers.

"It's not that I wasn't comfortable with David against Russell but I thought it was a good outing, if he gets on base and someone hits a homer or something, all of a sudden it's like he struggled and he didn't", explained Cora. He threw a bullpen session Thursday and he was declared fit to start Saturday in Toronto. Price threw 93 pitches, 55 strikes. Andrew Benintendi doubled home Mookie Betts, then Hanley Ramirez followed that up with a two-run home run, his third in his last four games to go with seven RBIs in that span.

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"I don't understand why everybody doesn't wear this thing, it's really comfortable", he said, as he stood by his locker this week, wearing his prized Blue Jays robe, customized with his name and number on the back.

"I made a decent pitch to Betts and he kind of hooked it down the line", a frustrated Estrada said. "He went out and did a great job at giving us a chance to win". He allowed an RBI-single to Anthony Alford and a solo dinger to Justin Smoak to account for the damage. Pomeranz has been able to have some success against the Blue Jays, recording a 3-2 record with a 3.99 ERA in 29.1 career innings. The unforgettable run with the Blue Jays - he went 9-1 in 11 starts while the team ran off a 41-18 finish - is an increasingly distant memory. The Jays at home can be a tough out, but Toronto has had nearly no success with Biagini starting, especially against above average teams.

"It's always a place I've enjoyed pitching in", he replied when asked what he feels pitching in Toronto now. "I like the mound". "Things are usually going OK and the next thing you know I get two guys on (base), the next guy hits the ball well and it just kinda ruins everything".

If the error was his dumbest play, the extra-inning home run - marking his first career multi-homer game - topped Maile's list of best moments.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a flawless ninth for his 11th save of the season.

Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (2-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings and is winless in four starts. Hit the game-tying home run in the seventh and walked it off in the 12th.