The Boston Red Sox finally gained some momentum on the road over the weekend, only to have Mother Nature delay the start of their longest homestand of the season. The Red Sox and visiting Detroit Tigers will make up for Monday's postponement when they tangle in a day-night doubleheader Tuesday to begin a four-game set at Fenway Park.
After Boston opened 6-13, the defending World Series champion picked up three straight wins at first-place Tampa Bay, surviving a 4-3 contest in 11 innings in Sunday's series finale. "That was a big three wins," left-hander David Price told reporters Sunday. "We know the type of team we have in this clubhouse, and I think we showed that these last three days." The Tigers were rained out for the second time in the last three days but managed to sandwich a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday for their second win in three tries. They will start Matthew Boyd in the matinee and Spencer Turnbull at night while the hosts go with struggling ace Chris Sale and Hector Velazquez, respectively.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (1-1, 2.96 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Chris Sale (0-4, 8.50)
Boyd has three straight quality starts and lasted a season-high seven innings last Tuesday in a no-decision against Pittsburgh, allowing three runs and striking out seven. He has 36 punchouts in 24 1/3 innings on the year while allowing just one home run. Mitch Moreland is 5-for-16 with a homer and three doubles against the 28-year-old Boyd, who won his only prior career start at Fenway with 6 1/3 solid innings.
Sale's four straight losses out of the gate are tied for the longest losing streak of his career and also match his entire total for 2018 when he finished 12-4. He gave up four runs in five innings at Yankee Stadium last Tuesday, although he did strike out a season-high six while walking one. The Florida native tossed six scoreless innings in his only meeting with the Tigers last year and is 10-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 32 career matchups (22 starts).
1. Tuesday marks the start of a 10-game homestand for Boston, which plays 18 of 25 at Fenway through May 19.
2. Red Sox RF Mookie Betts is 6-for-12 over his last three games after going 3-for-32 in his previous 10.
3. Tigers 2B Josh Harrison was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's win and is 9-for-74 with 17 strikeouts on the season.
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- KneeOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Pedroia is on the 10-day injured list with left knee irritation. He suffered a setback in his recovery and is without a timetable for return.
- HipOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Thornburg has landed on the 10-day injured list with a hip impingement. He is without a definitive return date.
- FluQues Tues | questionable
Price left his previous start due to flu-like symptoms but is expected to make his next scheduled outing Tuesday or Wednesday against the Indians.
- ShoulderProb Mon | 10-day IL
Holt has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. He is likely to be activated in time for Monday's tilt against the Indians.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Bogaerts is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Astros as he will likely be given the day to rest.
- BackOut Sat | out
Martinez is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Astros as he is dealing with discomfort in his back.
- IllnessProb Fri | probable
Martinez has sat out the past four games due to an illness and a sore back but is expected to rejoin the lineup against the Astros on Friday.
- ElbowEarly June | 10-day IL
Johnson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation and is expected to be out of action until at least the early part of June.
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- QuadricepEarly June | 10-day IL
Mercer has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right quadriceps strain. He is lining up to rejoin the lineup during the beginning of June.
- ElbowMid June | 10-day IL
Zimmermann has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a UCL sprain in his right elbow and is also dealing with a muscle strain. He is likely to be out of commission until at least the middle of June.
- FluProb Sun | probable
Goodrum has missed the previous two games due to flu-like symptoms, but is expected to return for Sunday's matchup versus the Athletics.
- KneeProb Thurs | probable
Cabrera missed the previous game with soreness in his knee, but is expected to suit up Thursday against the Athletics.
- ShoulderProb Mon | probable
Harrison has recovered from a left shoulder contusion and has been activated from the 10-day injured list. He is likely to return Monday against the Astros.
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