Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (Game 2)
When: 7:10 PM ET, Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
Preview for Digital Sports Desk by Staff and Gracenote
BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox lost the first game of their “Day/Night” doubleheader this afternoon by a 7-4 margin. The clubs meet again at 7:10pm with the Sox throwing RHP Hector Velazquez against Detroit’s Spenc er Turnbull.
Old “Mother Nature” put a one-day delay to the start of Boston’s longest homestand of the season at Fenway Park .
After Boston opened 6-13, the defending World Series champion Sox 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.
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.
1. Boston RHP Nathan Eovaldi had successful to remove loose bodies in his right elbow, a procedure that cost him two months of action last year and will sideline him at least six weeks from today.
2. Red Sox RF Mookie Betts is 7-for-16 over his last four games after going 3-for-32 in his previous 10.
3. Tigers 2B Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in this afternoon’s opener. Previously, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday’s win and was 9-for-74 with 17 strikeouts on the season.