Arroyo, who went 10-9 with a 4.03 ERA for Boston last year, has won four of his last six decisions, including a 16-5 victory over Texas on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking only one for the third straight outing.
“Last year, I struggled to get 10 wins,” said Arroyo. “It took me until the last start of the season. I’m throwing the ball pretty well, so I’m happy to be at 10 right now. Obviously, I have eight, nine, 10 starts left depending on what happens down the stretch. I feel good and I’m looking forward to hopefully tacking on some more wins.”
Boston manager Terry Francona also expects more good things from Arroyo.
“When you give a guy the ball and you think you’re going to win, that’s a pretty big compliment,” Francona said. “He has turned himself into a real pro. He’s a good pitcher.”
Even the weather has complied with the AL East leaders of late. Riding a 13-game home winning streak and six-game run overall, the Red Sox trailed the major league-leading Chicago White Sox 5-2 in the fourth inning Sunday before the game was postponed by rain.
The Tigers took advantage of the hapless Kansas City Royals on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader from Kansas City after being rained out Friday and Saturday.
Seldom-used Vance Wilson went 3-for-4 with a homer and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, to help Detroit win the opener 8-7 despite losing left fielder Rondell White to a dislocated shoulder. Mike Maroth pitched Detroit to a 1-0 victory in the nightcap.
White suffered the injury while diving for David DeJesus’ inside-the-park homer.
Manager Alan Trammell indicated White, the team’s leading hitter, would likely be going on the disabled list Monday.
“It doesn’t look good,” Trammell said. “It didn’t want to pop back in, so they took him to the hospital. It wasn’t good right away. He was in severe pain. He was saying, ‘I can’t believe my luck,’ as he left the field.
“It was a worst-case scenario. Not only did we lose a player—which the player was my first concern—but we lost a run.”
White stayed down in pain on the Kauffman Stadium grass as DeJesus circled the bases in the third inning. White missed the final six weeks of the 2000 season with a dislocated left shoulder.