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MIN@BOS: Dempster starts a double play in the fourth

Chad Jenkins will make his season debut for the Blue Jays against the scuffling Red Sox in the series' rubber match on Sunday at Fenway Park.

Jenkins got news of his sudden recall to the big leagues on Friday, and by Saturday morning he was told that he would be starting in place of Brandon Morrow in the finale.

"I made three or four starts in extended [spring training] and then I made one start in Double-A, and the manager called me in the office last night and was like, 'Hey, you're going back up,'" Jenkins said. "To be honest, I was pretty surprised."

The 25-year-old right-hander was battling a strained lat muscle to begin the season. In his one Minor League start, he threw 65 pitches -- 42 of them for strikes -- over five frames. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one.

Jenkins will be working with a similar pitch count on Sunday, but was pleased with his last start.

"I threw really well in extended [spring training] and had a really good start the other night, so I feel like I'm prepared," Jenkins said.

This will be the young hurler's fourth start in the Majors in his career, but he did go 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings in his previous three outings.

The Red Sox, who have lost seven of their last nine games and haven't won two games in a row in almost two weeks, will be sending Ryan Dempster to the mound to try to get back on track.

In his last outing, the veteran right-hander ended up the hard-luck loser against the Twins. He allowed only two earned runs over seven innings, walked one and struck out eight, but was one-upped by Scott Diamond.

"I mean, that's your job as the starting pitcher," Dempster said afterward. "You go out there and try to do that, so I was happy with that. I just wish I could have pitched a little better and given us a chance to win the ballgame.

"Sometimes you get away with mistakes. I didn't get away with mistakes today."

Red Sox: Napoli struggling, may sit Sunday

• Mike Napoli has been struggling recently, and may get the day off on Sunday.

The Red Sox's first baseman has only six hits in his last 10 games, going 6-for-37 (.162), with a single RBI and 10 strikeouts.

"Mike is [known] to get into some really strong streaks, and there's been other times where we've got to ride that with him," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I think what he's going through is not something new to him. And yet with tomorrow being another day game and Monday being the off-day, we're trying to find ways to get back-to-back days off. And that may take into account the first day in Tampa, as well. We're in a pretty good stretch. After Monday's off-day, June 3, I think, is the next one. We've got to balance some things out here going forward."

• Despite it being three weeks since Jonny Gomes started versus a right-hander, Farrell refuses to categorize his left fielder as a platoon player.

"I know one thing, when he's on the field, he's impacting the game -- whether it's been [at] the plate, on the bases or on the field, he's impacting the game," Farrell said.

The 32-year-old has hit 20 points lower against righties this season, but is only hitting .211 this season and continues to cede playing time to Daniel Nava.

"Daniel Nava has done a great job," Farrell said. "I mean, you could make the claim that he's been one of our more productive hitters throughout the entire season. We've always been able to pick some spots for him, and he's been his best when he's been on the left side of the plate."

Blue Jays: Delabar becoming a valuable member of the bullpen

• Steve Delabar has quickly become an integral part of the Toronto bullpen, and he fins himself among the league leaders in almost every category for relievers.

He leads American League relievers with 25 strikeouts, and his 21 innings ranked fourth prior to Saturday's games. In 17 appearances this season, he has a 3-1 record, 2.14 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.

"You want to be the guy who can get anybody out -- not just, 'You're a righties guy or you're a lefties guy,'" Delabar said. "You want to be able to get everybody out so that you're a reliable reliever coming out and [not] get a quick hook and get three guys going in one inning because you have to do matchups. Every guy that we have in the 'pen can get everybody out -- it's just about executing pitches."

• Casey Janssen's save on Saturday was his 10th in as many opportunities this season, and he has converted his last 16 save opportunities. He's only allowed four hits and one earned run in 13 innings in 2013.

Worth noting

• Dempster is 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA in four career games against the Blue Jays, and is undefeated against Canadian clubs in his career, going 6-0 (5-0 vs. Montreal). He faced Toronto earlier this season on May 2 at Rogers Centre, earning the win in a quality start. He allowed only a single run in six innings, with four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. Comments