After Nick Pivetta earned his first win of the season on Friday night, another Red Sox starter will try and do the same as Boston looks to clinch its first road series win in over a month against the Rangers on Saturday.
Rich Hill has pitched well this season, if struggling to go deep into games; the veteran southpaw hasn’t allowed an earned run since April 18, with four scoreless innings against both the Rays and Orioles along with five shutout frames against the Angels in his last three starts. Still, Hill remains without a win this season.
The Rangers will counter with righthander Glenn Otto, making just his 10th career start. Otto allowed two runs on two hits in five innings of work in his last outing against the Yankees, and is yet to face the Red Sox in his young career.
RED SOX (12-20): TBA
Pitching: LHP Rich Hill (0-1, 2.86 ERA)
RANGERS (13-18): White CF, Semien 2B, Seager SS, Heim DH, Solak LF, Ibañez 1B, Calhoun RF, Huff C, Culberson 3B
Pitching: RHP Glenn Otto (1-0, 3.14 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
TV, radio: NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7
Red Sox vs. Otto: Has not faced any Boston batters
Rangers vs. Hill: Calhoun 0-3, Culberson 2-7, García 1-4, Lowe 1-4, Miller 0-4, Seager 0-2, Semien 1-7, Solak 1-4, White 0-2
Stat of the day: The Red Sox have scored 19 runs in their last three games, their highest-scoring three-game stretch so far this season.
Notes: With another strong start on Friday after his rocky opening to the season, Pivetta has allowed just one run in his past 13 innings over two starts, and his ERA has dropped from 7.84 to 5.08 during the stretch ... J.D. Martinez extended his hitting streak to 14 games as the Red Sox won for the second time in their past three contests after losing five in a row ... Hill is coming off the COVID injury list. “I saw him this morning. He feels great,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before Friday’s game ... Alex Verdugo was removed from Friday’s game in the seventh inning because of a right-foot contusion. X-rays on his foot were negative, and he is listed as day-to-day.
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