While the talented left-hander wasn't selected by AL manager Ron Washington, he's certainly looked like an All-Star of late.Hoping to build on his recent success, Romero takes the mound for the visiting Toronto Blue Jays as they conclude a three-game set with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.After prevailing 9-7 on Monday, Toronto (42-45) was shut out for eight innings Tuesday before Bautista hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning. The Blue Jays, however, lost 3-2 as Edwin Encarnacion was thrown out at the plate to end the game.Bautista -- Toronto's lone All-Star -- is batting .400 with four of his major league-leading 28 homers in his last five games.While Bautista has carried the team offensively, Romero (7-7, 2.75 ERA) has stepped up to play the role of ace. He leads the Blue Jays in wins and ranks in the top 10 in the AL in ERA.Romero, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of 10 starts, is 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA over his last four, during which opponents are batting just .181 against him."I feel like he has pitched like an All-Star," Bautista told the Blue Jays' official website. "He definitely deserves to be in there, even though his wins and losses record might not reflect it. But his ERA does, his innings pitched, strikeouts, the way he holds runners, his WHIP, everything. He's an All-Star in my eyes."Romero, 2-2 despite a 5.53 ERA over five career road starts versus Boston (50-35), owns a 7.71 ERA over his last five games in the series overall.Unfortunately for Romero, he'll likely have to face slugging third baseman Kevin Youkilis (bruised back muscle), who is expected back in the lineup after he was hit by a pitch Monday and sat out Tuesday. Youkilis is 5 for 13 (.385) with two homers off Romero.Dustin Pedroia, 7 for 13 with a long ball lifetime versus Romero, extended his hitting streak to seven games Tuesday with his eighth homer of the year. In six career contests batting cleanup, he is 13 for 26 (.500) with four homers."I see the Red Sox have been signing a whole bunch of little guys because they think they might find another Pedroia," David Ortiz joked. "I doubt it. You don't see that every day, man. He's special."Toronto, too, could receive an offensive boost as shortstop Yunel Escobar may be available for the first time since getting plunked on his left hand Friday. Escobar had gone 10 for 20 (.500) with a homer while hitting safely in five straight games prior to getting hurt.After failing to muster much offense until late Tuesday, the Blue Jays could be in for a big day against Tim Wakefield (4-3, 4.82).The knuckleballer, who enters this game having allowed five runs in each of his last two starts spanning a combined 11 1/3 innings, has lost three straight in this series while compiling an 8.59 ERA.Wakefield, 17-14 with a 3.87 ERA over 56 career appearances lifetime against Toronto, has had trouble with Escobar and Travis Snider. Each has homered against the 44-year-old right-hander, with Escobar going 3 for 7 and Snider 3 for 6.Bautista, who was mired in a 4-for-24 slump over his previous six games at Fenway Park before Tuesday's 2-for-4 effort, is hitless in nine career at-bats against Wakefield.