Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to keep up when they visit the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday.
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Guerrero led Major League Baseball in home runs, five going into Monday’s games. He helped his team lead the American League East Division with a 6-4 record.
In Game 1 of this three-game series, Yusei Kikuchi and Nathan Eovaldi are expected to be the starting pitchers. Kikuchi (0-1) certainly didn’t live out the expected christening in the Jays’ uniform. He gave up three runs, including two earned, five hits and two walks in just three and a third innings last Tuesday as the New York Yankees won 4-0.
For his part, Eovaldi (1-0) will play his third game this season. He boasts a 4.50 ERA after hitting 13 in 10 innings.
This series between the two teams is the first of two in a very short span of time. Starting next Monday, they will meet four times on Canadian territory, although the formation of the Red Sox could be very different.
In fact, pitcher Tanner Houck indicated Sunday that he will not be accompanying the team to Canada because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and the Canadian government requires proof of adequate vaccination to enter the country.
However, he’s not the only Sox player who hasn’t been vaccinated. When a reporter asked manager Alex Cora if other athletes could stay in Boston, he simply replied, “Yes,” without explanation.
In addition, recipient Kevin Plawecki – vaccinated – fell ill with COVID-19, as did two team members. It would be unlikely that he would be able to cross the border as the deadline to do so is 10 days after a positive result, according to the government website.
The Red Sox also played a morning game because of Monday’s Boston Marathon. They were beaten 8-3 by the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park.
Rich Hill (0-1) allowed four runs in four and two-thirds innings, and his team never recovered.
Kyle Garlick and Jorge Polanco were his tormentors, both hitting home runs twice in the first and third innings, respectively. Christian Vazquez was the only Red Sox player to stretch out his arms in that duel.
Dylan Bondy (2:0) had a good performance at the mound. The Twins starter allowed just one run on five strikes from the safe and passed six rivals in the glove in five and a third innings.