Vladimir Guerrero Jr. turns to Boston
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his Toronto Blue Jays will try to keep up the pace when they visit the Red Sox on Tuesday in Boston.
Guerrero led Major League Baseball in home runs with five going into Monday’s games. He helped his team lead the American League East Division by virtue of a 6-4 record.
In Game 1 of this three-game series, Yusei Kikuchi and Nathan Eovaldi are expected to be the starting pitchers. Kikuchi (0-1) certainly did not experience the baptism expected in the uniform of the Jays. He gave up three runs, including two earned, five hits and two walks in just three and a third innings on Tuesday, as the New York Yankees won 4-0.
Eovaldi (1-0), for his part, will be in his third game this season. He boasts a 4.50 ERA, having struck out 13 in 10 innings.
Absentees to come
This series between the two teams is the first of two in a very short time. Starting next Monday, the two teams will meet four times in Canadian territory and the formation of the Red Sox could be very different.
Indeed, pitcher Tanner Houck indicated on Sunday that he was not going to accompany the team to Canada, since he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and that the Canadian government requires proof of adequate vaccination to enter. in the country.
However, he is not the only Sox player not to be vaccinated. When a reporter asked manager Alex Cora if more athletes could stay in Boston, he simply said « yes, » without further explanation.
In addition, receiver Kevin Plawecki – vaccinated – contracted COVID-19, as did two team staff members. It would be unlikely that he would be able to cross the border, as the deadline for doing so after a positive result is 10 days, according to the government website.
Thrashed in Boston
The Red Sox were also playing a morning game due to the Boston Marathon on Monday. They were beaten 8-3 at Fenway Park by the Minnesota Twins.
Rich Hill (0-1) allowed four runs in four and two-thirds innings and his team never recovered.
Kyle Garlick and Jorge Polanco were his tormentors, both slamming two-run homers in the first and third innings, respectively. Christian Vazquez was the only Red Sox player to stretch his arms during this duel.
At the mound, Dylan Bondy (2-0) had a good outing. The Twins starter allowed just one run on five strikes from the safe and passed six rivals in the mitt in five and a third innings.