MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 492
Boston6 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 x 11160
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  W: N. Eovaldi (3-1)   L: L. Giolito (1-1)
8:10 AM PT9:10 AM MT10:10 AM CT11:10 AM ET11:10 ET15:10 GMT23:10 8:10 AM MST10:10 AM EST10:40 AM VEN19:10 UAE9:10 AM CT, April 19, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 4,738

Wake-up call: White Sox, Red Sox head into early start

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Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox

  1. Chicago won the first and last of its meetings with Boston in 2019, with the Red Sox taking the other five games by a combined 42-13 score. The White Sox have won just three of their 10 games at Fenway Park since the start of the 2017 season.
  2. Chicago has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games, dropping a 4-2 decision to Cleveland on Thursday following Carlos Rodon's no-hitter on Wednesday. The no-hitter was the White Sox' third shutout win this season, tied for the most in MLB and the first time the White Sox have had three shutouts in their first 12 games since 1972.
  3. Jose Abreu is batting .330 with six home runs in his 22 career games at Fenway Park, including multiple hits in nine of those games. His .330 average at Fenway ranks third in MLB since his career began in 2014 behind Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (.354) and Trey Mancini (.348; min. 90 PA).
  4. Boston had won nine straight prior to Thursday's 4-3 loss in Minnesota and is averaging 5.77 runs per game this season, most in the AL and tied with the Dodgers for second in MLB (Reds, 6.25). The Red Sox are 8-0 this season when scoring at least four runs compared to 1-4 when held to three runs or fewer.
  5. Since going 0-for-11 in the opening series against Baltimore, Alex Verdugo is slashing .351/.419/.649 in his last nine games, with multiple hits in five of those games. His five multi-hit games are tied for fifth-most in the AL this season -- teammate J.D. Martinez is one of four AL players with at least six such games.
  6. J.D. Martinez is hitting .352 with three home runs in 13 games against the White Sox since joining the Red Sox in 2018 and has a career .288/.353/.540 slash line against Chicago. His .540 slugging percentage against the South Siders ranks third among active players behind Josh Donaldson (.633) and Mike Trout (.620; min. 150 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/16/2021 thru 4/18/2021

The Boston Red Sox have little time to dwell on getting swept in a doubleheader as they get set to host the Chicago White Sox on Monday morning in their annual Patriots Day game.

The 11:10 a.m. first pitch is the earliest of the MLB season, a ritual that coincides with the running of the Boston Marathon. This year's race was pushed back to Oct. 11 as a result of COVID-19, but the Red Sox opted to keep the morning contest on their schedule for tradition's sake.

Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.08 ERA) takes the mound for a Boston team that has suddenly lost three of its last four games since a nine-game winning streak. Ace righty Lucas Giolito (1-0, 2.55) gets the nod for Chicago.

The White Sox beat the Red Sox twice Sunday after the opener of their four-game series Friday was postponed by rain and snow in the area. Chicago led from start to finish in both contests, taking Game 1 by a 3-2 margin before a more comfortable 5-1 victory in Game 2.

"You turn the page," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said in the wake of the two defeats. "... We're going to be OK. We've got a chance to split the series tomorrow, so that's the way we see it."

Boston won the first game of the series 7-4 on Saturday. Monday's contest will complete a stretch of four games within 43 hours for the two clubs.

"It's a body check to get back mentally," noted White Sox skipper Tony La Russa of the early-morning finale.

Chicago gets the benefit of running out its top pitcher coming off his best performance of the season.

Giolito held the Cleveland Indians scoreless over seven innings last time out, surrendering just three hits, walking two and striking out eight. He has whiffed 26 batters in 17 2/3 innings through three starts.

Giolito is without a decision in three career outings against the Red Sox, allowing seven runs in 17 innings (3.71 ERA).

Eovaldi has also been dominant to start the season, as he has yet to allow more than two runs in an outing. The veteran held the Minnesota Twins to two runs on five hits over five innings in a victory April 14.

Eovaldi is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three games (two starts) versus the White Sox.

Boston's offense will look to get back on track after being held to four hits in Sunday's nightcap.

"We're going to run into (pitching) like this," Cora, said, referring to Chicago's talented arms. "It happens."

White Sox relievers combined to pitch six scoreless innings between Sunday's two contests.

"I'm telling you, we're going to have a really good bullpen," La Russa said.

After Monday's game, Chicago will hit the road for two at Cleveland before kicking off a nine-game homestand Friday.

Boston will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays for a two-game set, followed by the Seattle Mariners for four.

-Field Level Media

Updated April 19, 2021

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