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David Price continues historic crazy dominance against the Blue Jays

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David Price continues historic crazy dominance against the Blue Jays

There was probably no better opponent for David Price to face in his first start since May 2 than the Blue Jays — and probably no better place to do it than Rogers Centre.

Price has always fared well against Toronto, and that trend continued Monday afternoon, as he pitched three-hit ball over five innings to earn his first win in over a month (April 14). Price allowed a two-run homer to the Jays' Luke Maile, but that was his only blemish, and thanks to a Michael Chavis error earlier that inning, both runs he allowed were unearned.

With the victory, Price is now a ridiculous 22-3 against the Jays over his career, with a 2.37 ERA in 31 appearances (30 starts). According to ESPN Stats & Info, that's the best win percentage by any player all-time against Toronto with a minimum of 15 starts — and the second-best win percentage by any active player against any franchise (Anibal Sanchez is 10-1 vs. the Nationals).

"I enjoy this mound. Feels close to home plate. It's just one of the places I enjoy throwing," said Price, who is now 13-1 with a 3.17 in his career at Rogers Centre. "I felt better as the game went on. The last couple innings were more efficient than the first two or three."

Price retired the final 10 batters he faced after the Maile long ball, and he wasn't kidding about the efficiency, as he needed just five pitches to complete a 1-2-3 fourth inning. Not bad for his first start in 18 days.

"I don't think it matters what time of year it is, or how long of a layoff, or whatever the case is; I expect to go out there and execute pitches, make pitches, and get outs."

Because of the long layoff, Alex Cora took Price out after five innings, despite the fact that his pitch count was only at 67.

"Obviously he hasn't pitched in a while, so just taking care of him," said Cora after the game. "Pitch count was low, the effort was great. The last two innings, velocity-wise and location-wise was fun to watch, so he'll be ready for his next one. But it was cool to have him back."

Price still isn't the all-time leader in wins against the Blue Jays, as Mike Mussina (25-12), Andy Pettitte (25-14), and Roger Clemens (24-12) are all ahead of him for now. But with 16 more games against the Jays this season, Price could vault up that list by October.

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: David Price-Sandy Leon battery returns

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: David Price-Sandy Leon battery returns

Reinforcements will arrive for the Boston Red Sox in Toronto on Monday.

The Red Sox have reinstated pitcher David Price from the 10-day injured list and catcher Sandy Leon from the paternity list ahead of Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays.

Boston sent catcher Oscar Hernandez and right-hander Josh Smith to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Price and Leon.

Price had allowed three runs or fewer in four consecutive starts before hitting the injured list May 3 with left elbow tendinitis. He'll look to regain that form Monday with Leon, who missed this weekend's series with the Houston Astros while welcoming a new child, behind the dish.

J.D. Martinez will take a seat Monday as the Sox take on Blue Jays right-hander Edwin Jackson, who is pitching for his MLB-record 14th big-league team.

Here are the Red Sox's and Blue Jays' lineups for Monday's series opener, which is set for 1:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre.

BOSTON RED SOX (24-22)
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Mookie Betts, RF
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Michael Chavis, 2B
Steve Pearce, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon, C

David Price, LHP (1-2, 3.75 ERA)

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (19-27)
Eric Sogard, 2B
Brandon Drury, 3B 
Justin Smoak. 1B
Randal Grichuk, RF 
Freddy Galvis, SS 
Danny Jansen, DH
Jonathan Davis, CF 
Richard Urena, LF 
Luke Maile, C 

Edwin Jackson, RHP (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

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Here's when David Price will make his next start for Red Sox

Here's when David Price will make his next start for Red Sox

David Price is set to return to the Red Sox rotation after the weekend.

The left-hander was placed on the injured list with left elbow tendinitis on May 6, but is scheduled to make his next start on Monday in Toronto.

Alex Cora shared the update on Price before Friday night's game vs. the Astros.

Price is 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in six starts so far this season.

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