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Probable Pitchers

Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Chris Sale, LHP
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    Chris Sale, last 3 starts
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    Chris Sale, regular season
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    Chris Sale, last 5 years vs. DET
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Career stats

After striking out at least 11 hitters in five consecutive outings, the Red Sox ace returns to the mound against the Tigers. Sale has a 0.94 ERA in his last seven starts, and has thrown seven or more innings in five of those.

Blaine Hardy, LHP
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    Blaine Hardy, last 3 starts
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    Blaine Hardy, last 5 years vs. BOS
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With Michael Fulmer sidelined by a left oblique strain, Hardy returns to the rotation for his first start since June 26. He’s 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in eight starts this season, but the Red Sox roughed him up for five runs over six innings on June 6.

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Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Francisco Liriano, LHP
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    Francisco Liriano, last 5 years vs. KC
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Liriano worked for just three innings in his last start on July 15 against the Astros and hasn't had a start last longer than six innings since May 20. A constant subject of trade rumors, Liriano's ERA has risen each month this season.

Heath Fillmyer, RHP
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    Heath Fillmyer, last 5 years vs. DET
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Fillmyer will open up the series against the Tigers in Kansas City on Monday. After joining the rotation shortly before the All-Star break, he allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first career start.

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Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
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    Jordan Zimmermann, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Zimmermann has posted a 2.60 ERA in five starts since coming off the disabled list June 16. He allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays in his last start, July 11.

Burch Smith, RHP
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Smith will take the mound in Game 2 against Detroit. He's allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings as a starter for Kansas City this season.

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Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Matthew Boyd, LHP
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    Matthew Boyd, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Boyd threw five innings of one-run ball against a powerful Red Sox lineup on July 20 but earned the loss when Detroit was shut out, marking his fifth loss in six starts. Boyd has a 6.79 ERA 11 career starts vs. the Royals.

Danny Duffy, LHP
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    Danny Duffy, last 5 years vs. DET
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Duffy will close the series in Wednesday's matinee affair. After a disappointing first half, the lefty tossed seven strong innings against the Twins on Friday, allowing just five hits and one run in the win.

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