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Sox – Cubs play Gm-2 this afternoon

Sox – Cubs play Gm-2 this afternoon

RISE & SHINE: The Red Sox are 21-3 (.875) in day games at Fenway Park since 5/14/16, including 5-0 in 2017…In those 24 games, BOS has batted .323 (270-for-837, 67 2B, 5 3B, 32 HR) and posted a 3.12 ERA (76 ER/219.0 IP).

WRIGHT ON TIME: In 3 starts against the NL in 2016, Steven Wright went 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA and a .157 opponent AVG (23.0 IP, 13 H, 3 ER, 24 SO)…Each of his 3 Interleague outings was a quality start, including a 3-hit shutout on 8/5 at Dodger Stadium (9.0 IP, 1 BB, 9 SO).

START ME UP: Red Sox starting pitchers have posted a 2.13 ERA (12 ER/50.2 IP) in the club’s last 8 games (beginning 4/19), the lowest mark in the majors during that time…Red Sox pitchers have recorded a quality start in each of the club’s last 4 games.

PITCHING IN: Red Sox pitchers rank 3rd in the majors in ERA (3.44) and 2nd in SO/9.0 IP (9.83)…BOS pitchers have allowed 4 runs or fewer in each of the club’s last 8 games (2.19 ERA, 17 ER/70.0 IP).

CLOSING TIME: Craig Kimbrel has struck out 20 of 39 batters faced this season, including 13 of his last 17…He is averaging 17.4 SO/9.0 IP, the 5th-best mark among ML relievers…His 8 saves lead the AL and rank 2nd in the majors.

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