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Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 25,545

Red Sox's Fister looks for better start against Reds

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Boston Red Sox at Cincinnati Reds

  1. Since the first series between the two teams in 2005, the Red Sox are 9-1 against the Reds, which is the second-best record by a team against an interleague opponent (minimum 7 games) during that span (Angels 10-0 vs. Phillies).
  2. The Red Sox are 11-3 (.786) since September 5, which is the second-best record in MLB (Indians 15-1). Boston has a 2.17 ERA and an opponent batting average of .200 during that span.
  3. Rick Porcello is 18-8 (.692) in 36 career interleague games, which is the fourth-best interleague record among active pitchers (minimum 20 decisions). Boston has won its last nine interleague games in which Porcello has started.
  4. In 11 starts pre-September, Sal Romano had a 4.91 ERA and an opponent slugging percentage of .478. Romano currently has a 1.45 ERA and an opponent slugging percentage of .329 thru three starts in September.
  5. Hanley Ramirez is batting .291 and has hit nine home runs in road games since July 1 (.198 batting average and four home runs on the road from April thru June). Ramirez has a career batting average of .307 against the Reds.
  6. Zack Cozart is two home runs shy from becoming the sixth Cincinnati batter with 25+ home runs this season, which would tie the 2003 Red Sox for the most players in a season all-time. Cozart leads the team with six home runs in September.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2017 thru 9/24/2017

CINCINNATI -- Boston Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister adjusted his pregame schedule in an effort to improve his first-inning command. He's scheduled to make his 13th start of the season on Sunday afternoon when the Red Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Boston's magic number to clinch the American League East title now is five. The Red Sox (90-64) lead the second-place New York Yankees by four games in the division standings after the Yankees won on Saturday at Toronto.

In the first inning this season, Fister owns a 9.69 ERA with three home runs, seven doubles, and a triple allowed this season. By the fourth inning, Fister's ERA plummets to 0.77.

"That's the biggest issue for him, just to come out and command the baseball a little more regularly," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "To me, the biggest key for him is the first out of every inning.

"When he records the first out of each inning, that's when he's in a much better position to put up a zero. Because he is a contact pitcher, first out is key for him."

Fister is 2-2 with a 5.00 ERA and 15 earned runs allowed in 27 innings in his past five starts. Most of that damage has been done in the first and second innings. He has allowed 11 earned runs in his past two starts, five in the first.

"There was an adjustment, getting the warmups started pregame closer to game time," Farrell said. "Every guy has their own routine. He had one, he would finish prior to the start of the game earlier than most. Just thought maybe that had something to do with re-establishing a release point and repeating the delivery. So we've shortened that up. The first inning has been somewhat of a challenge for him."

Fister is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against the Reds. Fister owns a career 2.97 ERA in interleague games. He issued a season-high five walks in his last start at Baltimore.

"His start in Baltimore was uncharacteristic in terms of the number of walks issued," Farrell said. "He's a guy who's going to throw the ball over the plate and have good command. He's a contact pitcher."

Cincinnati (66-89) will send rookie right-hander Jackson Stephens to the mound on Sunday for his third career start. Stephens is 1-0 as a starter with an 8.31 ERA and eight earned runs and four home runs in 8 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox hope to have right fielder Mookie Betts back in the lineup on Sunday. He was scratched from his Saturday start with a left foot contusion. He fouled a pitch off the top of his foot in his second at-bat on Friday.

Boston leads the all-time series 11-1. The Red Sox have swept three of the four series played between the clubs.

The Reds and Red Sox haven't played each other since 2014. The most memorable meeting, of course, was in the 1975 World Series, won by Cincinnati in seven games. It's regarded by many to be the most exciting Fall Classic ever played.

Updated September 23, 2017

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