In Friday night MLB action, the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox will begin their weekend series from Fenway Park. On Thursday, SP James Shields was tagged for seven runs in six innings of a 7-2 loss at Minnesota. Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada drove in the runs for Chicago, who is 20 games below .500 overall.
The White Sox will send twenty-six year old righty Dylan Covey (1-1 2.82 ERA) to the mound in this matchup. Through 22 plus innings, Covey has not surrendered a home run and has struck out 21 batters.
While the White Sox are in rebuilding mode, the Boston Red Sox have the potential to win a World Series this season. On Thursday, rookie SP Jalen Beeks allowed five runs in the first inning of his major league debut and was the losing pitcher during a 7-2 loss versus Detroit. Andrew Benintendi went deep for the Red Sox, who are 23 games above .500 overall.
Dominant left-hander Chris Sale (5-3 3.00 ERA) will make his 14th start of the season for the Red Sox. Sale has dropped consecutive starts and he has given up 10 runs over his last 10 plus innings of work.