Martinez missed the Yankees series, but the three-time Cy Young winner will have to be on his game as he faces off against Toronto’s Roy Halladay for the second time this season.
Martinez has not pitched particularly well in his first three starts. The hard throwing right-hander has allowed 11 runs—10 earned—in 18 2-3 innings. He’s struck out 15 and walked seven.
Martinez outpitched Halladay in Boston’s 4-1 victory on April 10.
Halladay, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, lost his first two starts before pitching brilliantly on Thursday. He allowed eight hits over nine innings to lead the Blue Jays to an 11-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.
“That was vintage Doc there,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “He had real good stuff—95 or 96 (miles per hour) with his fastball, his two-seamer was sinking, real good breaking ball. As good as you want to see.”
Halladay also started out 1-2 last season before finishing with a 22-7 record.
Boston polished off a big weekend with another win over the Yankees when Gabe Kapler’s RBI single in the eighth inning provided a 5-4 victory Monday.
Toronto is looking to regroup after scoring only five runs in three straight losses to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Blue Jays managed only three hits in a 7-0 loss to Baltimore on Sunday.