After a fantastic all-around game from the Red Sox last night, Boston and Chicago head back out for tonight's rubber game at 8:10 ET. The Red Sox send out lefty Henry Owens, who has struggled since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. While Owens has an elite change-up, his fastball lacks velocity and command, which leads to a lot of walks (obviously). The former #19 MLB.com prospect has pitched two games this season, with a 0-0 record, a 4.82 ERA and seven walks in 9.1 innings pitched.
For the White Sox, after designating John Danks for assignment, Chicago recalled 26-year-old righty Erik Johnson to make his season debut. The Mountain View, California native has not consistently pitched in the big leagues in his career, but has seen his K/9 rise in each of the last three seasons (5.9, 6.8, 7.7). However, Johnson cannot consistently locate the strike zone, averaging 4.4 walks per nine innings last season. Additionally, last season Johnson, in six games, went 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 35 innings.
The Red Sox should look to capitalize on Johnson and take this series from one of the hotter teams entering the series in all of baseball. Looking forward, the Red Sox are facing the Yankees this weekend and could further their lead in the AL East if they can win tonight.
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As always, the game will be on NESN and WEEI. If you are outside of the Boston area, you can also catch the game on MLBTV.