Sox set for big se­ries against In­di­ans.

Metro USA (Boston) - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW BURKE @burke_metro

Af­ter tak­ing two of three from the Yan­kees over the week­end, the Red Sox will be­gin a key four-game set in Cleve­land Mon­day (7 p.m., NESN).

The Sox could very well meet the In­di­ans in the play­offs for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year as Cleve­land owns a siz­able lead in the AL Cen­tral.

Doug Fis­ter (2-6, 5.56 ERA) will get the ball for the Sox on Mon­day and will be op­posed by Mike Clevinger (6-5, 3.75 ERA).

Af­ter back-to-back out­stand­ing starts in which he gave up an av­er­age of 2.5 runs, Fis­ter came back to Earth last week against the same team he’ll face Mon­day. The 33-year-old gave up five earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 in­nings of a 7-3 Red Sox loss to the In­di­ans.

Ed­uardo Ro­driguez (4-3, 3.97 ERA) is slated to start for the Sox Tues­day and will be fol­lowed by Drew Pomer­anz (124, 3.31 ERA) and Chris Sale (14-5, 2.62 ERA) in the ro­ta­tion.


Rafael Devers con­tin­ues to be a wun­derkind for the Sox. The 20-year-old third base­man is bat­ting .364 with a .424 OBP and has eight home runs and 16 RBI in the first 20 games of his MLB ca­reer. On Saturday against New York, Devers be­came the first player since Babe Ruth to belt home runs in three straight games against the Yan­kees before turn­ing 21.


David Price’s 2017 sea­son has gone com­pletely off the rails. It was a hor­ri­ble look on that Fri­day night a few weeks back when — at the height of the Den­nis Eck­er­s­ley con­tro­versy - Price missed a start at Fen­way due to an el­bow injury. Now, it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble that Price won’t pitch again this sea­son.

Price had to stop his most re­cent throw­ing ses­sion be­cause of “con­tin­ued stiff­ness” in his arm.

“There’s still hope [for him to pitch again in 2017],” Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell said of Price. “But I think we’re also re­al­is­tic here that he’s got to build up to an ag­gres­sive long toss sit­u­a­tion, not in terms of over­all dis­tance but num­ber of throws with some aggression and build-back to the mound. That’s go­ing to take some time. I don’t have a re­turn date at all.”


Bos­ton Red Sox young­ster Rafael Devers (right) has been a revala­tion for a team at­tempt­ing to hold on to the top spot in the Amer­i­can League East.

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