ROAD STRETCH: Boston tonight ends a stretch in which it plays 16 of 19 games away from home…The Sox are 8-10 thus far in that span that began 8/5.
· The Red Sox head home after tonight’s game and are off tomorrow before beginning a 9-game homestand on Tuesday…The Sox will host the Orioles (8/27-29), White Sox (8/30-9/1), and Tigers (9/2-4) for 3 games each on the homestand.
START UP: Sox starters are posting a 1.21 ERA (5 ER/37.1 IP) in 5 games on the trip, allowing as many as 2 runs once and 1 run or less 4 times.
NATIONAL SUCCESS: Boston is tied for the major league lead with a 12-5 (.706) Interleague mark this year (Pittsburgh, also 12-5)…The Sox have won 21 of their last 28 games vs. the NL and have the best Interleague mark in baseball since 2003 (.650, 128-69).
· The Sox top MLB with a .301 AVG and .365 OBP in Interleague play in 2013, and are 2nd with a .479 SLG…Sox hurlers have the 3rd-best ERA in Interleague action at 2.39 (40 ER/150.2 IP), including a 2.30 mark by the starters who have allowed 3 runs or less in all but 1 of the Sox 17 games vs. the NL and 2 runs or less in 15 of those tilts.
KOJI’S ROLLING: Including his 1.1 shutout frames en route to earning a save yesterday, Koji Uehara has not allowed a run in 20.2 innings over his last 18 outings since 7/9…It is the longest active scoreless streak in MLB and also marks the longest single-season scoreless streak by a Sox reliever since Daniel Bard’s 26-1 inning run in 2011.