First-Place Red Sox Meet Struggling, Division-Leading Phillies

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Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- J.D. Martinez's Red Sox lead the majors with 74 wins and they hold a five-and-a-half-game advantage on the Yankees for the best record in baseball. Boston took three of four from Minnesota with yesterday's 3-0 shutout, helped by Martinez's three RBI for an MLB-best 89.

"The whole team's been really consistent," Martinez said. "I think you kinda know what you're gonna get when you come to the park to watch us every night. It's a very good team, very versatile team, good in every aspect of the game."

Nathan Eovaldi Shines In Red Sox Debut
Nathan Eovaldi Shines In Red Sox Debut
Red Sox manager Alex Cora watched his new righty Nathan Eovaldi put on a show in yesterday's 3-0 win over the Twins.

Tonight, Sox will start a short two-game set with the NL East-leading Phillies at 7 p.m. Philadelphia's dropped its last three and has a losing record on the road this season. 11-and-6 David Price will square off with 12-and-3 Aaron Nola.

Price worked a scoreless inning Wednesday in Baltimore before the game was rained out so, officially, he hasn't pitched in 10 days. That was a 6-and-a-third scoreless frames performance in Detroit.

Nola's an All-Star and has a 1.93 ERA his last five starts, but the righty's never faced the Sox. Oh, and Philly starters have allowed 11 earned runs in their last 16-and-a-third innings. Boston's won 18 of 22.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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