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5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, August 24, 2019
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 42,625

Red Sox seek longer outing from Eovaldi vs. Padres

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Boston Red Sox at San Diego Padres

  1. These teams haven't met since 2016, when the Red Sox won two of three at Petco Park. Boston is 0-3-1 in interleague series in 2019 after going 10-0-3 the previous 13 series (excluding World Series). San Diego is 10-7 against the AL in 2019 with a chance at its first winning season in interleague play since going 8-7 in 2012.
  2. The Padres return home after completing a 3-3 road trip with Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Cincinnati. After heading into the All-Star break at 45-45, San Diego's .389 winning percentage (14-22) in the second half is the fourth-worst in the NL. They're on pace for the franchise's ninth straight losing season.
  3. Rafael Devers currently leads the majors in hits (168), total bases (302), doubles (47) and extra-base hits (77). He could become the first player to lead in each of those categories since Don Mattingly in 1986. The only other player to accomplish that since 1950 was Robin Yount in 1982.
  4. Eduardo Rodriguez, Friday's scheduled starter, is 8-1 with a 3.31 ERA in his last 13 starts. Since June 14, he's tied for the second-most wins in the majors (Gerrit Cole - 10). Rodriguez is 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his last 10 interleague starts, the fourth-longest stretch without a loss among active pitchers.
  5. Hunter Renfroe ranked sixth in the NL in slugging (.613) in the first half (min. 250 PA) but has slumped to a .330 mark in the second half that ranks 91st (min. 100 PA). His .183 average since the All-Star break is 97th in the NL and his 45 strikeouts are tied for the fifth-most in the NL (min. 100 PA).
  6. Francisco Mejia ranks fourth in the majors with a .404 average (19-for-47) since August 4th (min. 45 PA). He is slashing .333/.379/.573 in the second half with six home runs and 13 RBI and his .952 OPS during that span is second in MLB among catchers (min. 75 PA, based on player's career primary position).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019

The biggest news coming from the Boston Red Sox on Friday was not about who is starting Saturday against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

That will be right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 6.69 ERA) who will go against Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 3.95 ERA) in the middle game of a three-game interleague series.

No, the headline from the Red Sox was about who won't be starting the series finale Sunday. Ace left-hander David Price, out since Aug. 5 due to a left wrist cyst, will not return from the injured list.

"David's going to throw a simulated game in Denver on Tuesday," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Friday afternoon. "He'll throw around 55 pitches. We'll see how he reacts to that and go from there. We didn't feel comfortable yet starting him on Sunday."

From all indications, the Red Sox's Sunday starter also won't be former Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner, who was moved from the Boston rotation in mid-August after making six largely ineffective starts for his new team.

The first order of business for the Red Sox is getting a quality start from Eovaldi, who was on the injured list from April 18 to July 20 due to a loose body in his right elbow.

Saturday will be Eovaldi's second start since his return, and his first was unimpressive. Eovaldi lasted just two innings against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, giving up five runs on three hits and three walks.

After posting no decisions and a 6.00 ERA in four starts before landing on the IL, Eovaldi moved to the bullpen upon his return. He made 11 relief appearances, going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA, before Cora plugged him back into the rotation last weekend.

Eovaldi is 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA in five career starts against the Padres. However, he hasn't faced them since 2016.

Lamet, meanwhile, continues to improve in his return from Tommy John surgery performed in the spring of 2018.

In three starts this month, Lamet has given up five runs on 11 hits and eight walks with 25 strikeouts in 18 innings for a 2.50 ERA. In his most recent outing, Aug. 17 at Philadelphia, he got the win with six innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out six.

"His stuff has been there from the get-go," Padres manager Andy Green said recently of the 27-year-old. "The velocity might actually be up a tick. The fastball/slider mix is excellent.

"What's been slower to come around, not unexpectedly, is his command. As that comes around, Dinelson has gotten tougher and tougher. He's got the stuff to win in the major leagues. ... He showed that before the surgery."

Lamet will face the Red Sox for the first time Saturday night, going against a lineup that amassed 14 hits Friday en route to an 11-0 win in the series opener.

"The Red Sox present different challenges," Green said. "They grind every at-bat. They play the longest games in the major leagues. It's going to be an interesting challenge for Lamet."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 24, 2019

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