BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale’s wait for his first win of a frustrating season extended another day.
Boston’s opener of a four-game series against Detroit was rained out Monday and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader. Sale is to start Tuesday’s day opener against Matthew Boyd in a matchup of left-handers.
Sale is 0-4 with an 8.50 ERA in four starts since signing a $160 million, six-year contract.
“This is flat-out embarrassing,” he said after an 8-0 loss to the New York Yankees last week. “For my family, for our team, for our fans. This is about as bad as it gets.”
Sale had a season-high six strikeouts in New York and his fastball averaged 96 mph, up from 90-93 mph earlier this season.
“We have two different opinions of his outing,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “He felt like he disappointed his family. He’s close. Stuff-wise he was great. I think he just misfired a few pitches, and they took advantage of it. But I think he’s very close to taking off. The velocity is there, slider’s there. The delivery is was more consistent. I know he wants to get on the mound.”
Boyd is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts, striking out 10 at Toronto in his season debut and 13 at the New York Yankees five days later. He became the first Tigers’ pitcher since at least 1908 to reach double digits in strikeouts in his first two starts of the season.
Hector Velázquez (0-1, 2.84) and Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull (0-2, 3.43) are to start the night game in a matchup of righties.
Boston is coming off a three-game sweep at the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, the first series win this season for the Red Sox. The Tigers won two of three in a rain-shortened series at home against the Chicago White Sox.
Cora said 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee irritation) worked in the weight room. Utility player Brock Holt (scratched right cornea) was likely to hit on the field Tuesday, probably between games. INF Eduardo Nuñez (back strain) may hit soft toss.