Game 6 of the Stanley Cup, hooting & hollering as the Bruins score four goals in the 3rd period, forcing a Game 7…. Suddenly a barrage of tweets all said the same thing “David Ortiz shot in the Dominican Republic”. This is one of those moments that make fans realize there are bigger things than a sports game. But at the same time, baseball games can help fans heal in a sense.

Now a team that has a number of players (and manager) who played with Big Papi, must come together and try to focus on winning a game. Winning tonight would a beautiful thing, especially with Ortiz being a voice of reason since the early season struggles started up.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox. Looking to kickstart the Sox back into a good winning streak, they have the right man on the mound for that assignment. Sale finally earned his 2nd Win of the season, and boy did he deserve it. He threw a complete game shutout walking none and striking out twelve batters. His season ERA is now down to 3.84 and has 110 Ks in just 77.1 innings pitched.

Sale faced the Rangers twice last year, and both times saw him cruise through the Rangers lineup.

2 starts (2-0, 0.64 ERA)

14 innings, 10 Hits, 1 Run, 1 HR, 24 Ks, 2 Walks

Mike Minor takes the ball for the Rangers. Minor is quietly having a solid 2019 campaign, with a 2.55 ERA. But there are reports he might be a commodity on the trade market, were the 34-30 Rangers to fall deep enough out of contention. Starting thirteen games, there has been just two starts where he has allowed more than three runs. And just one time since he allowed 6 ER on March  28th against the Cubs.

Minor has been stingy allowing the long ball, just 8 HRs in 81.1 innings. Quite impressive considering his home ballpark is under the hot sun of Arlington, Texas.

First Pitch – 7:10pm ET !!!


Chris Sale — Career vs Texas Rangers in 14 games (10 starts), 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 36 games (33 starts), 12-8 with a 3.06 ERA.


Texas Rangers:

Elvis Andrus – 4 for 28 (.143 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Asdrubal Cabrera – 10 for 38 (.263 avg) 4 Doubles, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 2 Walks, 7 Ks

Shin-Soo Choo – 2 for 26 (.077 avg) RBI, 3 Walks, 12 Ks

Delino DeShields – 4 for 12 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, Walk, 5 Ks

Tim Federowicz —–

Logan Forsythe – 1 for 11 (.091 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Ronald Guzman – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

Jeff Mathis – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) 2 Ks

Nomar Mazara – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) 3 Ks

Rougned Odor – 0 for 6, 3 Ks

Hunter Pence – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) Triple, 4 Ks

Danny Santana – 3 for 19 (.158 avg) Double, RBI, 6 Ks


Mike Minor — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 8 games (4 starts), 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 5 games (3 starts), 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) Double, 3 Ks

Mookie Betts – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk

Xander Bogaerts – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, Walk, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) Walk, 2 Ks

Michael Chavis —–

Rafael Devers – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) 5 Ks

Marco Hernandez —–

Brock Holt – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) Double, RBI, K

Sandy Leon – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) Double, RBI

J.D. Martinez – 4 for 7 (.571 avg) HR, 3 RBIs

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) RBI, K

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) RBI, 2 Ks

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