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10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, May 26, 2018
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 36,510

Braves make rotation change for series opener vs. Red Sox

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Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox

  1. Since 2015, the Red Sox have the best record in MLB in interleague games (45-17, .726), while the Braves rank t-25th in MLB over that span (25-37, .403). This season, the Braves and Red Sox are two of three teams with perfect interleague records (both are 2-0).
  2. The Braves have been shut out just four times in 2018, and two have come in the past three games. Their three runs through the three-game series with the Phillies was their lowest scoring three-game span of 2018. Their .264 team batting average ranks first in the NL, and second in MLB, behind only the Red Sox (.266).
  3. The Red Sox have won four of their past five home contests, recording 10 or more hits in three of those games. In 2018, the Red Sox have recorded double-digit hits in 15 home games; that figure leads MLB and the second-place Yankees are three games behind. The Braves are tied for 25th in MLB with just five home games of 10+ hits.
  4. Julio Teheran has been very effective on the road in 2018. His WHIP in road starts is 1.00, which ranks fifth among NL pitchers (behind teammate Sean Newcomb). He is also holding opponents to a .173 batting average, ranking sixth among NL qualifiers.
  5. In his last start, Eduardo Rodriguez allowed nine hits but held the Orioles to no runs. That has only happened one other time in MLB this season (Kevin Gausman). His run support average has been fantastic in 2018; he is averaging 7.50 runs of support in his starts, which ranks third in MLB among pitchers with at least 40 innings.
  6. Since the 2017 All-Star Break, J.D. Martinez leads MLB with 46 home runs, 113 RBI, .705 slugging percentage, and 1.082 OPS (300 PA minimum for SLG and OPS).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/25/2018 thru 5/27/2018

BOSTON -- Massachusetts native Sean Newcomb was in line to make a homecoming start for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Fenway Park.

Instead, he will wait until Saturday as manager Brian Snitker moved Julio Teheran into the Friday start against the Boston Red Sox and he did it for good reason.

Newcomb has thrived when given an extra days' rest.

In fact, he is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA while making seven of his previous nine starts with an extra day off.

"The extra days have been good for him," Snitker said when making the change.

So it's Teheran, who hopes to reverse his recent struggles when he goes against lefty Eduardo Rodriguez in the opener of the three-game inter-league series between two franchises that used to call Boston home.

And this weekend matchup is between the two Eastern Division leaders, the surprising Braves a half-game up on the Philadelphia Phillies and the Red Sox a game ahead of the New York Yankees after a 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

The Red Sox failed to finish off a sweep of the three-game series, but this weekend they get spark plug Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup after left knee surgery. Manager Alex Cora said Pedroia, who played in rehab games on Wednesday and Thursday, will make his first start either Friday or Saturday.

To clear a roster spot for Pedroia, Boston made a surprising move by designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment on Friday.

Teheran started May hot, with two scoreless appearances. But in his last two starts, the right-hander has allowed 10 runs as his ERA ballooned from 3.14 to 4.17.

He gave up six runs in five innings his last time out but still comes into this game with a 4-1 record.

He has not been great in two career outings against the Red Sox, one of them at Fenway, going 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA and yielding 19 hits in 13 1/3 innings. His ERA at Fenway is 8.53.

Rodriguez, also 4-1, has spun scoreless outings two of his last three times out, yielding only three runs and striking out 19 in 15 2/3 innings. His pitch count remains a problem, limiting his innings, but he has been effective.

The Red Sox, 17-14 since starting the season 17-2, were sloppy and starter Rick Porcello was ineffective in Thursday night's loss in St. Petersburg.

Porcello started the season 5-0 with a 2.14 ERA in seven starts but has gone 1-2 with a 7.29 over his last four.

"It's baseball. That's pitching," Porcello said. "You're going to have ebbs and flows over the course of the season, and you've got to make the necessary adjustments and get back on track."

The Braves just dropped two of three games to the equally surprising Phillies in Philadelphia. Atlanta scored three times against the Phillies and were shut out twice.

The current Red Sox are a collective 14-for-40 (.350) with two homers against Teheran. Mookie Betts is 4-for-8 (.500), Brock Holt 3-for-6 (.500) with a homer and Xander Bogaerts 3-for-7 (.429).

Cora is ready to manage his first game with Pedroia on the active roster. Cora was with the Red Sox when Pedroia came to the major leagues in 2006.

"We know how passionate he is, the quality of at-bats he will give us and defensively, what he brings," said Cora. "When healthy, he's one of the best second basemen in the big leagues. I'm looking forward to having him in the lineup. I think his energy is going to help not only on the field but off the field with his leadership.

"And everybody knows about our relationship, so I know people are going to bring it up. It's a day I've been looking forward to, and to have him active and ready to contribute is going to be fun to see."

Updated May 25, 2018

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