8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox responded to a good old-fashioned beatdown by bouncing back and grinding out a 6-5 win over the Athletics on Wednesday. Now, the Sox’ focus turns to the Astros, who arrive at Fenway Park on Thursday for the start of a four-game set.
Houston, in its first year in the American League West, figures to have a difficult season ahead. The Astros are a very young team, and there are bound to be some growing pains before they’re able to morph into a competitive squad. That doesn’t mean the Red Sox should take them lightly, though, especially since Boston lost three of four before Wednesday’s win.
Clay Buchholz will get the start against Philip Humber. Humber, of course, threw a perfect game last season, but he’s hardly been the same pitcher this year. He enters Thursday’s game with an 0-4 record and a 6.63 ERA.
Buchholz is looking to move to 5-0, as he’s been lights-out thus far. His first step toward doing so will be his first pitch, which is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ...