Tyler Cloyd, a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, always wanted to see a game at Fenway Park.
His ninth career major league start will come there Monday night when he takes the ball for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Boston won't have the luxury of turning to Clay Buchholz, who has been scratched for the opener of the first four games between these teams.
The Phillies (24-26) failed to pull even with Washington for second place in the NL East on Sunday as they allowed five runs in the seventh in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals. Cole Hamels fell to 1-8 as he received one or no runs of support for the fourth time in five starts.
Cloyd (1-0, 2.70 ERA) will hope for better backup from his offense as he continues to fill in for the injured Roy Halladay. Cloyd grew up a Red Sox fan though he was born and raised in Nebraska, but has never seen a game at Fenway.
"To go there and actually be able to pitch, it's going to be fun," he told the team's official website. "I'm definitely looking forward to ...