Adams, Red Sox aim to sweep Jays

The Boston Red Sox will attempt a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night when the teams meet in Boston

Set-up man. Closer. Left-handed specialist. Terry Adams was a man of many titles during his brief Blue Jays career.

The veteran reliever could add Most Missed Former Jay to the list, considering Toronto's bullpen has been responsible for four of the team's last seven defeats.

Adams, though, has been Mr. Unreliable in his last three appearances for his new team, the Boston Red Sox. He has allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings during that span following a stretch of eight shutout innings covering 6 2/3 frames.

The 31-year-old probably would love nothing more than to blank his former club Wednesday night at Fenway Park to cap a three-game sweep of the visiting Blue Jays.

Toronto traded Adams to Boston on July 24 for double-A third baseman John Hattig and cash considerations.

Adams had a rocky stint with the Jays (4-4, 3.98 earned-run average, three saves) after being signed in the off-season for $1.7 million US.

He was briefly tabbed as the closer in late April. But when that didn't work out, the right-hander faced only left-handers.

Adams has a 2.91 ERA in his last 21 appearances since June 10, and has held lefties to a .213 average on the season. By contrast, righties are hitting .402 against the Mobile, Ala., native.

Adams will get his share of work with Boston, especially with Alan Embree and one-time Jay Mike Timlin showing signs of fatigue recently.

"Terry's a guy who can give us depth to our bullpen," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told following the trade. "He can pitch middle [relief] or setup and he's had some success starting in his career, as well, so if the need arises we can perhaps stretch him out a little bit."

That likely won't be necessary Wednesday, given Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield's success against Toronto.

The knuckleballer has given the Blue Jays fits in the past, and he's beaten the Jays twice already this season.

Wakefield (8-7) is looking for his fourth win in the last five starts, despite surrendering 24 homers in 21 outings in 2004. That's one more than last year after he had not given up more than 15 dingers in each of his previous two seasons.

Toronto, which has lost 12 of its last 14 games, is hitting just .261 against Wakefield.

First baseman Carlos Delgado leads the way with 18 of Toronto's 37 RBIs against Wakefield while batting .303.

Righty Miguel Batista (9-8) will start for the Blue Jays, who are just 4-11 against Boston, including 1-7 at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (66-52) are batting .314 against Batista, with 19 of those hits going for extra bases.

Batista is searching for his first victory in a month. He last won on July 23 against Tampa Bay and he is 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts since then.

Batista, 33, dropped his second straight start last Friday against Baltimore. He surrendered two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings during the setback.

Toronto (49-71) is off Thursday before opening a three-game weekend series against the Orioles in Baltimore.