The Tigers have pretty well squandered any momentum they had after last weekend's three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. They have dropped the first three games of the four-game swing through Boston, falling 5.5 games back of AL Central-leading Chicago and 4.0 games back of Cleveland.
Max Scherzer will take one of the league's stranger stat lines to the hill Thursday. Scherzer, 4-3, has MLB's best strikeout rate at 12.0 per nine innings, but also an inflated 5.67 ERA. While rain-shortened, his last outing was representative of the season as a whole: 5.1 innings, nine strikeouts and three earned runs.
The Red Sox will start Josh Beckett, who is 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 Eastern.