1 p.m. ET: The Red Sox split a pair with the Phillies in Boston, and now both teams are packing the bags and heading to Philadelphia to finish the series off.
John Lackey (3-4, 2.72 ERA) is aiming to continue his recent solid stretch. He’s been on his game the last two times out, going six and seven innings and giving up just three hits while striking out 13. While the Red Sox have had a good rotation all season, Lackey putting up those kind of numbers is an unexpected but welcome boost.
Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29 ERA) will go for Philadelphia. His last two games, in contrast to Lackey, have been rough, as he’s given up nine earned runs on 16 hits and eight walks with just three strikeouts mixed in.
The Red Sox will also have the added intrigue of going without the designated hitter for the next two games. Manager John Farrell has said he’ll trust David Ortiz to take over a game at the first base bag, and Jackie Bradley Jr. is expected to be called up and take a roster spot. The extra bats will be welcomed by the Sox after it was reported Wednesday that Dustin Pedroia has been putting up his solid season numbers despite a torn ligament in his left thumb.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., and be sure to check back here throughout the day for news and analysis heading into the game.