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So as the Rays enter their final series before the All-Star break, a four-game set against the division-leading Red Sox at Tropicana Field, they’ll be looking to
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Jacob Faria (3-0, 2.23 ERA) will get the ball for the Rays in Thursday’s opener. The righty has gotten off to a strong start in his Major League career, going 3-0 Custom Rams Jersey with a 2.23 ERA while becoming only the third pitcher since 2013 to begin his career with five consecutive quality starts. In those outings, the right-hander has 35 strikeouts to five walks.
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Against Toronto on Saturday, Sale (11-3, 2.61 ERA) threw Kevin Pillar Jersey seven scoreless innings, striking out 11 while walking only one. The outing marked Sale’s third this year without allowing a run, as well as the 11th time he’s tallied double-digit strikeouts. He became the sixth pitcher in history to have as many as 11 starts with double-digit strikeouts prior to the All-Star Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale Game.
Sale has won each of his last three starts and 10 of his last 11. He’s allowed just five earned runs in his past 29 2/3 innings, and Boston is 13-4 during his starts this year, having won seven of Sale’s last eight starts.
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• Left-handed batters are 7-for-30 (.233) with a .491 OPS against Faria, and his approach against them clearly has focused on going away. Just 5.8 percent of Faria’s pitches to lefties have hit the inner third of the strike zone or been off the plate inside, the lowest rate for any right-handed starter (minimum 100 pitches).
• Sale leads Personalize Rams Jersey the Majors with 166 strikeouts. The only Red Sox pitcher to lead MLB in whiffs at the All-Star break is Roger Clemens, who did it in 1988 (186 K’s) and 1991 (123 K’s).
Scott Chasen is a reporter with MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.