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NYY@TOR: Hutchison allows one hit over seven innings

Drew Hutchison will look to keep his team rolling when the Blue Jays face the Red Sox in Friday night's series opener at Fenway Park.

The 24-year-old has been hot his past two times out, allowing only one run over 13 innings. The right-hander is coming off a win against the Yankees that saw him go seven scoreless innings to improve to 9-11 on the season.

"We've seen him good a number of times," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It's almost like he caught a second wind, but it's tough to get any better than he was [against the Yankees]."

Hutchison is in the midst of his first full Major League season, and since he's coming off a year of recovery after Tommy John surgery, the Blue Jays have been keeping a close eye on his innings.

But the increased workload -- which has reached 157 innings through 27 starts -- hasn't appeared to affect Hutchison any great deal.

"I probably feel the best I have all year," Hutchison said after his last start. "I've been able to get into a good rhythm within my delivery, stay within my delivery, and I think that's shown.

"Obviously, every time I go out there, I expect to go deep into the game and be successful."

The Blue Jays, who trail the Tigers for the second American League Wild Card spot by 4 1/2 games, will face Red Sox starter Allen Webster.

Webster took the loss against the Rays his last time out, going four innings while allowing five hits and six earned runs. He's 3-3 with a 6.69 ERA in seven starts this season.

"Inconsistent command," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Webster's last appearance. "He'd go out and show you good stuff for a couple of hitter stretch and then would lose his fastball command."

Blue Jays: Jenkins breaks hand, done for season
Right-hander Chad Jenkins will miss the rest of the season after he sustained a fractured right hand during batting practice prior to Thursday night's game against the Rays.

Jenkins was struck during batting practice, but it wasn't immediately clear how the incident happened. He was sent for further evaluations, which revealed the fracture.

The recovery time is expected to take approximately four-to-six weeks, which means Jenkins won't have enough time to return this season. He had become a versatile arm that Gibbons trusted both in middle and long relief.

Jenkins enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, but he also had to deal with more than his fair share of turmoil. The 26-year-old had an option remaining on his contract, which meant that he was often the odd-man out when the club had to make a roster move.

Red Sox: Pedroia likely to return Friday
When the Red Sox take the field to start a homestand on Friday night, the expectation is that Dustin Pedroia will be at second base.

Pedroia hasn't played since suffering a concussion against the Rays on Aug. 30. With each day, Pedroia has felt improvement.

"A full pregame he'll go through today," said Farrell. "He's already done some early work. We've got to get him one final medical exam tomorrow, but at this point, things are looking as if he'll be in the lineup and on the field tomorrow."

Brock Holt played second base in Pedroia's absence on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Worth noting
• The Blue Jays are 23-20 since the All-Star break after starting the second half with an 11-3 record.

• Five Red Sox affiliates -- Triple-A Pawtucket, Double-A Portland, Class A Salem, and Rookie-level Gulf Coast and Dominican Summer Leagues -- made it to the playoffs, Boston's most affiliates in the postseason as far back as research is currently available (since at least 1970). Comments