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Just two wins are needed for the Red Sox to become MLB’s first team with 90 Wins. The next highest in the AL is the Yankees, who are 13 away. For the National League leading Cubs, they are still 19 away from accomplishing that mark. David Price last night continued his recent streak of solid pitching, his 7 innings of 2 run ball led the Sox to a 5-2 victory. The lead stayed at 10.5 with the Yankees winning, but the magic number is looking more real as it has dropped to 29.

Hector Velazquez takes the mound for the Sox. Velazquez has definitely been an underrated arm in the Sox’s pitching staff. Pitching in 35 games (4 starts), Velazquez has performed with a 7-0 record and 2.77 ERA. While he doesn’t miss that many bats (36 Ks in 61.2 innings), he couples that with limiting walks and the long ball (17 Walks, 5 HRs allowed). He’s so underrated that there was even talk that he was gonna be sent down to Pawtucket to make room for Kinsler.

Velazquez faced the Rays for his only start against them back on April 1. It was a good outing, allowing just 1 Run in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out 5 batters.

Diego Castillo takes the ball for the Rays. The 24 year old rookie has pitched in 29 games this season, registering a decent 3.63 ERA to go along with 10 Holds. This is his first career start overall. The most he has pitched this season has been 2.2 innings, so will have to see how long Cash decides to stick with him in the game.


Hector Velazquez — Career vs Tampa Bay Rays in 5 games (1 start), 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. That is 3 ER in 12 innings, walking 4 and striking out 6. Career at Fenway Park in 21 games (3 starts), 6-0 with a 1.96 ERA.


Tampa Bay Rays:

Willy Adames —–

Jake Bauers —–

Ji-Man Choi —–

C.J. Cron – 0 for 2

Matt Duffy – 4 for 5 (.800 avg) Walk

Carlos Gomez – 0 for 5, K

Kevin Kiermaier – 0 for 4, 2 Ks

Brandon Lowe —–

Michael Perez —–

Tommy Pham —–

Mallex Smith – 0 for 5

Jesus Sucre – 0 for 1

Joey Wendle – 1 for 2 (.500 avg)


Diego Castillo — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 1 game, 0.00 ERA. That was a relief appearance, pitching a scoreless inning. The outing took place at Fenway Park on Friday.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi —–

Mookie Betts – 0 for 1

Xander Bogaerts —–

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 1

Brock Holt —–

Ian Kinsler —–

Sandy Leon —–

J.D. Martinez —–

Mitch Moreland —–

Eduardo Nunez —–

Steve Pearce —–

Blake Swihart – 0 for 1, K

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