Owens struggles, Sox split series with Tigers

Coming into last nights game Tigers Outfielder Justin Upton had gone 5 for his last 51 (.098) in 15 games. He again had a big day against the Sox, going 2-4 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs. The struggling Upton homered twice against Henry Owens to blow the game wide open for the Tigers. Owens, a prospect that used to be a treasured piece in the Red Sox organization was shelled for 8 runs through 5 innings pitched. The bleeding didn’t stop their as Junichi Tazawa who relieved Owens in the 6th also gave up 2 runs in 2 innings pitched. The offense for the Sox was too late as they managed to put up 5 against the Tigers bullpen but it was too little too late. The Tigers would go on to win 10-5 and would split the series 2 games each, this is the last time the two teams will see each other in the regular season. The Sox are now in Tampa for another 4 game set at the Trop. Tonight’s starters are Blake Snell |TB| (4-5 3.06ERA) vs David Price |BOS| (11-8 4.19ERA).


THINGS TO WATCH FOR; Today the Red Sox activated Outfielder Chris Young after he suffered a hamstring injury rounding first base on June 24th. Young has been used primarily as a platoon outfielder this season, mostly facing lefties. Against left handed pitching this year he’s batting 16-47 (.340) with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. He will play left field and Andrew Benintendi will slide into center for Jackie Bradley Jr (rest).

Coming into tonight, the Rays have won 6 of their last 7 games in series wins over San Diego and Texas.

Sox Outfielder Andrew Benintendi hit his first major league triple and home run last night in Detriot. Benintendi has been all that has been advertised in his limited time in the majors, batting .322 with 1 homer and 9 RBIs in 18 games.

Sox starter David Price will again face the team that he drafted him 1st overall in 2007. This season against the Rays he has gone 0-3 with a 3.98 ERA since being traded to the Tigers in 2014. He looks to pick up back to back wins as the Sox head for the last stop on a 4 city road trip with no days off in between.

Rays starter Blake Snell picked up his first career win against the Red Sox on June 27. He went 5 innings giving up 4 runs while striking out 4. The Red Sox will be eager to jump on the young pitcher early tonight at Tropicana Field.


TODAYS LINEUPS

Red Sox

1 Dustin Pedroia 2B
2 Xander Bogaerts SS
3 David Ortiz (L) DH
4 Mookie Betts RF
5 Hanley Ramirez 1B
6 Sandy Leon (S) C
7 Chris Young LF
8 Aaron Hill 3B
9 Andrew Benintendi (L) CF
Rays
1 Logan Forsynthe 2B
2 Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
3 Evan Longoria 3B
4 Brad Miller (L) 1B
5 Matt Duffy SS
6 Tim Beckham DH
7 Steven Souza Jr RF
8 Mikie Mahtook LF
9 Luke Maile C

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