Here are the lineups:
|RED SOX (27-32)||TIGERS (31-25)|
|Holt 1B||Kinsler 2B|
|Bogaerts 3B||Hunter RF|
|Pedroia 2B||Cabrera 1B|
|Ortiz DH||V. Martinez DH|
|Gomes LF||Avila C|
|Pierzynski C||Jackson CF|
|Sizemore RF||Castellanos 3B|
|Herrera SS||Romine SS|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Davis LF|
|Pitching: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 0.00).||Pitching: LHP Drew Smyly (2-4, 4.10).|
Game time: 7:08 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Smyly: Ortiz 3-6, Pierzynski 2-6, Gomes 0-3, Nava 1-3, Drew 0-2, Pedroia 1-2.
Tigers vs. De La Rosa: Holaday 1-1.
Stat of the Day: Xander Bogaerts is fifth in the American League with a .389 on-base percentage and 15th with an .842 OPS.
Notes: The Sox have lost three straight and the Tigers five straight as the teams meet again. The Tigers swept three games from the Sox at Fenway Park from May 16-18. The Sox scored three runs in that series. … De La Rosa is making his second start. He threw seven shutout innings against the Rays on Saturday, striking out eight. … Smyly is making his first start against the Sox since 2012. … The Sox are 3-9 against the AL Central. … Dustin Pedroia is hitting .247/.330/.306 in his last 21 games. He is eighth in OPS among major league second basemen, certainly not what was expected. … Grady Sizemore is 4 of his last 22 with eight strikeouts. He hasn’t had an extra-base hit or RBI in seven games. … The Sox were 3 of 21 with runners in scoring position in the disastrous Cleveland series and 8 of their last 51. They are 10th in the AL with a .242 batting average with RISP. … How bad is the Red Sox outfield? They are hitting .214/.288/.323. The league average is .257/.324/399. … Koji Uehara has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings and Burke Badenhop has gone 20 appearances and 24 innings without giving up an earned run. … Bogaerts is hitting .400/.475/.714 in his last eight games and has scored a run in nine of the last 10 games. … Jackie Bradley Jr. isn’t doing much, but he is doing better than he was. He is 8 of his last 32 with five RBIs, two walks, a sacrifice and a stolen base over nine games.
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