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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 it. Hopefully I'll go there and keep going with this success."
The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday to make his second start of the season. He limited Miami to two runs and eight hits over seven innings in a 7-3 victory.
Despite his obvious excitement, Cloyd doesn't believe he'll have a problem focusing on his job once he steps on the rubber.
"Every game, you've got to just cool your emotions and just go out and pitch," he said. "It's just another baseball game, just a different atmosphere."
The Red Sox (31-20) won for the ninth time in 12 games Sunday with Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run double concluding a four-run ninth in a 6-5 victory over Cleveland. Having gone 9-1 with Buchholz on the mound, Boston figured to have a good shot for a fourth straight victory Monday, but he will be skipped because of irritation in the AC joint of his right shoulder.
"The doctors said I could throw and it wouldn't affect my delivery. It was my call," Buchholz said. "If it was September, I'd throw."
Instead, Boston will turn to Alfredo Aceves (1-1, 8.20), who hasn't made a start since April 23, when he gave up eight runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings in a 13-0 loss to Oakland.
He's made just one relief appearance since, throwing a scoreless inning in Friday's 8-1 victory over the Indian. The right-hander has thrown 2 1-3 scoreless innings over two relief appearances versus Philadelphia.
Monday could mark closer Jonathan Papelbon's first game at Fenway as a visitor. Papelbon, who left the Red Sox as a free agent after 2011, is Boston's all-time saves leader with 219.
The Phillies' bullpen should also be bolstered by the return of Mike Adams, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Adams, who owns a 3.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings, hasn't pitched since May 10 due to a strained back.
Dustin Pedroia is batting .394 with eight doubles over his last 18 games, though he was 0 for 2 with two walks Sunday.
The Red Sox have won eight of the last 10 meetings in Boston.
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