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Sunday's Red Sox-Tigers lineups: With E-Rod scratched, Owens gets start


Sunday's Red Sox-Tigers lineups: With E-Rod scratched, Owens gets start

Left-hander Henry Owens has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make the start in place of Eduardo Rodriguez as the Red Sox close out their four-game series in Detroit.

Rodriguez, who left his previous start in Baltimore on Tuesday night with a hamstring injury, told Red Sox manager John Farrell Saturday he wasn't ready to go, so Owens got the call.

Owens had control issues (13 walks in 12 1/3 innings) in his previous three-start stint with the Red Sox early in the season but has pitched better lately for the PawSox (2-1, 0.99 ERA in his past three starts). He had been scheduled to start in Scranton, Pa., Saturday night.

Tigers veteran Justin Verlander (12-7, 3.44 ERA) is coming off his first loss since June 26 in his previous start against the Royals. He beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 25 (one run in six innings).  

After holding on for a 3-2, rain-delayed victory Saturday night, the Red Sox have won five of their first-six on this 11-game trip that continues in Tampa Bay on Monday night. 

The lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Travis Shaw 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Henry Owens LHP 

Ian Kinsler 2B
Cameron Maybin CF
Miguel Cabrera DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Justin Upton LF
Casey McGehee 3B
James McCann C
Jarod Saltalamacchia 1B
Erick Aybar SS
Justin Verlander RHP

Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."


As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.