STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox have alternated wins and losses in their last 9 games (5-4) and are 7-4 in their last 11…Their .645 winning percentage (20-11) since 5/21 ranks 2nd in the AL and 4th in the majors.
>>> BOS is 9 games above .500, matching its season high…The Sox are winless in 4 attempts to move to 10 games above .500 this season.
>>> At 41-32, the Sox have the same record they had through their first 73 games of 2016 (the 2016 club lost its next 3 games to fall to 41-35).
HANLEY BEING HANLEY: Hanley Ramirez hit his 250th HR last night…With a .293 career AVG, he is 1 of only 6 active players with at least 250 HR and a .290 AVG, joining Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Holliday, Ryan Braun, and Robinson Cano.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: The Sox’ .988 fielding percentage since 5/16 ranks 1st in the AL and 2nd in the majors (16 errors in 36 games in that span).
HOME COOKIN’: The Red Sox own MLB’s 4th-highest winning percentage at home (.667, 22-11), having won 10 of their last 12 games at Fenway Park…42 of their 73 games after the All-Star break will be at home, including 18 of their first 24.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Today, the Red Sox selected INF Tzu-Wei Lin to the active ML roster from Double-A Portland…Lin is only the 2nd Taiwan-born player to appear on a Red Sox ML roster, joining OF Che-Hsuan Lin, who played in 9 games for BOS in 2012.
SMOKY JOE KELLY: Joe Kelly has not allowed a run in 20 appearances since 5/1 (18.1 IP), the longest active streak in MLB and the longest by a BOS pitcher since Koji Uehara in 2014 (20) and 2013 (27).