Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Red Sox square off against Sale, White Sox

The White Sox and Red Sox continue their four-game series on Tuesday at Fenway Park with left-hander Chris Sale set to take the hill for Chicago and right-hander Clay Buchholz getting the nod for Boston.
The White Sox ace became the first 11-game winner in the Majors on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings against the Tigers. Sale threw 119 pitches in the game, one below his season-high.
Buchholz makes his first start since May 26 after being demoted to the bullpen. Because of that, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Buchholz's pitch count will likely be a little over 80 pitches.
Buchholz made five relief appearances, four of which were scoreless. The right-hander threw three innings on Thursday against the Orioles, allowing two hits and striking out four.
"Simplifying his attack plan to be more aggressive. I think we're seeing that each time he walks to the mound, particularly his fastball," Farrell said. "It's allowed his changeup to be more effective. Looking forward to that continuing tomorrow."
Three things to know about this game
• Sale is 0-1 with a 3.04 ERA in four career starts vs. Boston. He has 30 strikeouts in those games.
• David Ortiz is 5-for-13 with a double and two RBIs vs. Sale. He also has two strikeouts.
• Buchholz is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last five starts against the White Sox. He's 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA in 19 career starts against the American League Central.

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