BACK IN BOSTON: Tonight the Sox open up a 10-game, 11-day homestand with the 1st of 3 games against the Cubs before an off-day Thursday…The Sox then host the Orioles for 3 and the White Sox for 4 before heading to Houston for a 3-game set to wrap up the 1st half.
· Last night’s game concluded a 28-day, 26-game stretch encompassing most of June (6/2-29) over which the Sox played only 7 home games (6/12-18).
LAST 12 AT HOME: Boston has won 10 of 12 home games beginning on 5/28 after a 10-17 start to the home slate… At 20-19 at Fenway, the Sox enter a game at Fenway Park with a winning record at home for the 1st time all year.
· Boston has allowed just 19 total runs and 16 earned runs in 112.0 innings over those 12 home games beginning on 5/28 (1.29 ERA, 77 H, 25 BB, 111 SO)…The club ranks 3rd in the AL with a 3.32 home ERA.
· Sox hurlers have given up no more than 3 runs in 12 straight home games, the club’s longest such streak since 12 straight at home 99 years ago, 8/3-16/1915.
CUBBIES IN TOWN: Tonight the Red Sox host the 1st of 3 straight games against the Cubs…Overall the Sox are 5-4 in Interleague action against the Cubs, with 2 series at Wrigley Field (2005, 2012)…This is just the 2nd time the Cubs have visited Fenway Park in Interleague contests, also 2011 when the Sox took 2 of 3.
· The only other times these clubs met here was the 1918 World Series, with Boston winning 4-games-to-2, with the last 3 at Fenway Park…Before the 2013 title, Boston had not clinched a World Series at home since defeating the Cubs on 9/11/18.
INTERLEAGUE AFFAIR: Tonight Boston begins its 5th Interleague series of the season, having gone 6-3 against the NL thus far…The Sox have won their last 6 Interleague contests since being swept by the Brewers in the home-opening series…It is tied for the Sox’ 2nd-longest ever Interleague win streak behind a 12 gamer from 6/16-29/06.