After a 12-5 win on Monday night, the Red Sox lost the next two at home to the Cleveland Indians by scores of 7-5 and 14-9 to drop the three-game set.
It was Boston's third series loss in the last four (went 3-1 at Toronto), as the Red Sox are now 7-8 in their last 15 games, following an 11-2 tear (against Oakland, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore, and Seattle).
The Red Sox are now 29-27 on the season, 7.5 games back of the first-place Yankees who've won 13 of their last 16 games. The two teams will begin a four-game weekend series starting tonight, Thursday, in the Bronx at 7:05 pm ET.
Chris Sale (1-6, 4.19 ERA) will start for the Red Sox against fellow southpaw J.A. Happ (4-3, 5.09 ERA). Sale has seen his ERA drop 4.31 points in his last seven starts, but has been victimized by poor run support resulting in just the one win on the season (May 3).
Eduardo Rodriguez, Rick Porcello, and David Price are in line to finish off the four-game set for the Red Sox. As of 3:30 pm ET on Thursday, the Yankees' probable starters for Friday-Sunday are still TBD.
Huge series for the Red Sox. By the time the series ends it'll be June. Just like that. A split would be nice. Anything worse than that will be a big problem. You definitely don't want to lose any more ground to a red-hot Yankees team, who're in first place despite losing several of their key sluggers. Three wins would be big, four would be huge. I'm not expecting a sweep, though, from either team.
Let's go SOX. Don't count them out yet!