STATE OF THE SOX: BOS is 4-2 in its last 6 games…At 15-12, the Red Sox are only 1 game behind the pace of last year’s BOS club (16-11), which won 93 games.
GREATEST HITS: Dustin Pedroia has 1,707 career hits, tied with Harry Hooper for 8th-most in Red Sox history…His 225 hits since the start of 2016 rank T-3rd in the majors behind only Jose Altuve (247) and Mookie Betts (240).
PITCHING IN: Red Sox pitchers rank 2nd in the majors in ERA (3.32) behind only the White Sox (3.24)…The last season in which the Red Sox had an ERA this low after 27 games was 2004 (3.24).
GOOD EYE, KID: Red Sox batters have struck out only 8 times in their last 3 games, their lowest total for any 3-game span since 5/21-23/11 (also 8 SO)…BOS has drawn 11 BB in its last 3 games.
BACK IN THE BIGS: Kyle Kendrick has not surrendered a run in his last 11.0 IP with Pawtucket, holding opponents to a .114 AVG (4-for-35) in that span…He last pitched on 4/28 against Gwinnett and allowed only 1 hit in 7.0 innings.
>>> Tonight marks the 213th start and 254th appearance of Kendrick’s ML career (81-81, 4.63 ERA)…He most recently pitched in the majors on 10/2/15 with COL at SF, when he earned the win (6.0 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 6 SO).
>>> Kendrick’s only career appearance at Fenway Park came on 6/11/10, when he pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in a 12-2 Phillies loss to the Red Sox…Tonight marks his 1st time ever facing the Orioles.