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  W: D. Smyly (3-4)   L: R. De La Rosa (1-1)
4:08 PM PT5:08 PM MT6:08 PM CT7:08 PM ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 PM MST6:08 PM EST6:38 PM VEN3:08 UAE (+1)6:08 PM CT, June 6, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 39,762

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According to STATS
According to STATS

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers

  1. After their seven-game winning streak, the Red Sox were swept in three games by the Indians in their last series. In addition, dating back to last season, the Red Sox have lost seven out of their last 10 against the Tigers (regular season only).
  2. With their loss yesterday to the Blue Jays, the Tigers have lost five straight and 13 out of their last 17 games. The Tigers hadn't lost 13 out of 17 in a season since July/August of the 2010 season.
  3. In his career at Fenway Park, Victor Martinez has hit .316 and slugged .515 with 16 home runs and 85 RBI. In addition, Martinez has recorded a hit in 22 out of his last 23 games at Fenway.
  4. David Ortiz hit his 13th home run of the season in his last game against the Indians, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Since joining the Red Sox prior to the 2003 season, Ortiz has hit 22 home runs against the Tigers, third most since then against Detroit among active players.
  5. Rubby De La Rosa pitched 7.0 shutout innings in his first start as a member of the Boston Red Sox on May 31 against the Rays, holding Tampa Bay to just four hits. In 11 career starts, De La Rosa is 4-5 (.444) with a 3.45 ERA.
  6. Drew Smyly will be making his second career start against the Red Sox today. In five career starts against the AL East, Smyly is 2-0 with a 3.33 ERA and .218 opponent batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/6/2014 thru 6/8/2014


STATS Writer

(AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have been an all-or-nothing team with seven straight series ending in sweeps, though four of them haven't been of the celebratory variety.

The streaky club will try to get things off to a positive start Friday night as it begins a three-game series in Detroit against a Tigers team that helped start the Red Sox's recent frustrations.

Neither of the 2013 AL championship series participants have looked much like pennant contenders in recent weeks as Detroit (31-25) is looking to avoid losing six straight for the first time in more than three years.

The Red Sox (27-32) have lost three in a row following a seven-game winning streak, a run that came on the heels of a 10-game losing streak. Boston's 7-4 loss in Cleveland on Wednesday finished a three-game sweep to begin a nine-game road trip.

"It's been uncharacteristic based on the last couple of years, and that's got some frustration there for us," manager John Farrell said.

Detroit started the run by sweeping the Red Sox in a three-game series in Boston from May 16-18.

After Thursday's off day - Boston's only break in a 37-day stretch between May 20-June 25 - it now turns to Rubby De La Rosa with hopes of a second strong outing.

Filling in for the injured Clay Buchholz, De La Rosa made an impressive first start with Boston in Saturday's 7-1 win over Tampa Bay. The right-hander allowed four hits while striking out eight in seven scoreless innings in his first big-league start since 2011 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I've heard whispers about how good this kid can be, and I saw little glimpses of it in spring training," catcher A.J. Pierzynski told the team's official website. "But to actually see him do it on this stage, in this situation ... was impressive, and hopefully he learns from it, gains confidence and builds on it."

While having lost seven of eight regular-season contests in Detroit might not instill much confidence, facing lefty Drew Smyly (2-4, 4.10 ERA) could. Boston is 13-8 in games started against left-handed pitchers with a slightly higher batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Additionally, the Tigers have lost Smyly's last four starts while he's gone 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA. In Saturday's 3-2 loss in Seattle, he allowed three runs and seven hits while throwing 105 pitches in just four innings.

He was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in one start and two relief appearances last regular season against the Red Sox before giving up two runs - one earned - in two innings over four bullpen outings in the ALCS. David Ortiz is 3 for 6 with a homer in their matchups.

Since sweeping the Red Sox, the Tigers have fallen flat with four wins in 17 games and a five-game losing streak during which they've totaled 10 runs. Detroit's 7-3 loss to Toronto on Thursday completed a three-game sweep.

The Tigers last topped their current skid with a seven-game drought from April 26-May 2, 2011, though manager Brad Ausmus remains relatively unfazed.

"When things are going well, you think you're never going to lose. When things are going bad, you feel like you're never going to win," Ausmus told the team's official website. "You have to keep the big picture in mind. You take a snapshot of the last few weeks for them, and it's a perfect example."

Torii Hunter is 1 for 18 over the five losses while Miguel Cabrera is 1 for 15 in four games this month. Cabrera, though, is batting .462 in his last 52 regular-season at-bats against Boston.

Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez was supposed to make his first major league start Thursday but injured his knee Wednesday and is considered day to day.

Updated June 5, 2014

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