As the Yankees narrowly edged the Angels in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel, the Sox bats had batting practice off of Braves pitching. They slugged 4 HRs last night and kept the lead in the division at 1 game. It was a weird night for the Sox as they said farewell to a beloved teammate, and welcomed one back at the same time. That returning teammate, Pedroia returns to game action today with his gold glove and will be batting 6th. Moreland & Swihart will get a lot more playing time going forward because of this move, so there are positive outcomes from this move.

Drew Pomeranz is on the mound for the Sox, and needs a quick turn around sorely. He just had his worst start of the season, 4 inning 5 runs, and this is his contract year. Pomeranz is on pace to walk 80 batters, easily setting his biggest walk amount in a season. This time last year wasn’t so special and the event that turned his season around was a public spat with John Farrell in the dugout. From June to September his monthly ERAs were 3.00, 2.72, 2.28 and 3.69.

Sean Newcomb, who debuted last year, takes the ball for the Braves

Drew Pomeranz — Career vs Atlanta Braves in 2 starts, 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. That is 3 ER in 8 innings. Career at Fenway Park in 30 games (26 starts), 11-7 with a 4.37 ERA.

Atlanta Braves:

Ronald Acuna Jr. —–

Ozzie Albies —–

Johan Camargo —–

Charlie Culberson —–

Ryan Flaherty —–

Tyler Flowers – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Freddie Freeman – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) Double, RBI, K

Ender Inciarte – 3 for 4 (.750 avg) Double, K

Nick Markakis – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) RBI

Kurt Suzuki – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk

Dansby Swanson —–

Preston Tucker – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)

Sean Newcomb — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox.

He has not faced any current member of the Red Sox before.