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Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox Preview and Predictions 04-23-2019 in MLB


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: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, NESN Plus (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Spencer Turnbull (0-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Hector Velazquez (0-1, 2.84)

Turnbull remained winless in eight career games (seven starts) despite limiting Pittsburgh to one unearned run in six innings Wednesday. The University of Alabama product has 24 strikeouts in 21 innings this year while holding opponents to a .247 average. Turnbull will be facing the Red Sox for the first time.



Velazquez will be making his third start of the season and his seventh appearance overall. He has allowed two runs in 10 1/3 innings over his last five outings while yielding eight hits - all singles. The 30-year-old has pitched three scoreless innings of relief in his career against Detroit.

WALK-OFFS

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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Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Capacity: 37,402

Last Injuries

Boston Red Sox

  • Dustin Pedroia

    Knee
    Out 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.

  • Tyler Thornburg

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Thornburg has landed on the 10-day injured list with a hip impingement. He is without a definitive return date.

  • David Price

    Flu
    Ques 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.

  • Brock Holt

    Shoulder
    Prob 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.

  • Xander Bogaerts

    Rest
    Ques 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.

  • J.D. Martinez

    Back
    Out Sat | out

    Martinez is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Astros as he is dealing with discomfort in his back.

  • J.D. Martinez

    Illness
    Prob 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.

  • Brian Johnson

    Elbow
    Early 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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Detroit Tigers

  • Jordy Mercer

    Quadricep
    Early 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.

  • Jordan Zimmermann

    Elbow
    Mid 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.

  • Niko Goodrum

    Flu
    Prob 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.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Cabrera missed the previous game with soreness in his knee, but is expected to suit up Thursday against the Athletics.

  • Josh Harrison

    Shoulder
    Prob 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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detroit-tigers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Gregory Soto 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Victor Reyes 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Brandon Dixon 23 14 61 6 19 4 0 4 14 35 1 24 0 .311 .574 .333
Miguel Cabrera 50 49 179 14 54 8 0 2 21 68 0 43 0 .302 .380 .377
Nicholas Castellanos 48 48 197 30 53 15 3 5 18 89 1 52 1 .269 .452 .315
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Victor Alcantara 27 0 70 13 1 23 5 0 13 0 0 1 11 385
Buck Farmer 25 0 63 23 1 21 3 2 11 0 0 0 7 344
Joe Jimenez 24 0 67 33 2 19 5 1 10 0 0 0 9 396
Shane Greene 22 0 66 24 1 12 3 1 8 0 0 2 7 340
Daniel Stumpf 21 0 39 14 0 16 1 0 4 0 0 1 7 248
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Grayson Greiner 33 33 1 19 8 3 0 0
John Hicks 28 25 0 8 6 0 0 2
Buck Farmer 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Christin Stewart 32 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dawel Lugo 9 8 0 0 0 2 0 0