The Red Sox might have a chance to avoid their longest home losing streak to the White Sox in 52 years if they get another strong outing from converted reliever Alfredo Aceves(notes) on Tuesday night.
Boston (30-24) had won 13 of 16 heading into Monday’s series opener at Fenway Park but fell for the 11th time in 13 matchups with Chicago (25-31). The 7-3 defeat was the Red Sox’s fifth in a row at home to the White Sox.
Chicago hasn’t won six straight at Fenway since a seven-game run July 12, 1958-May 14, 1959.
Judging by Aceves’ recent starts, Boston could have a chance to avoid that dubious feat Tuesday. The right-hander has allowed one run in each of his two starts since replacing an injured Daisuke Matsuzaka(notes) in the rotation.
Aceves (2-0, 2.22 ERA) earned his second career victory as a starter in Thursday’s 14-1 rout of Detroit and 12th consecutive winning decision dating to 2009, when he was a reliever for the New York Yankees.
“I’m a pitcher - that’s what I do,” Aceves told the Red Sox’s official website. “It doesn’t matter (my role).”
Aceves did not get a decision in his only start against the White Sox on Sept. 15, 2008, despite allowing two runs and five hits over six innings. He’s 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA in five appearances against Chicago.
After ending their three-game slide Monday, the White Sox will start Phil Humber(notes) (3-3, 2.85) and push Gavin Floyd(notes) back to Wednesday’s series finale. Floyd took the loss in relief during a 14-inning game Saturday in Toronto.
Humber, who has never faced the Red Sox, is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in his last six starts. He gave up one run over 7 2-3 innings Thursday but did not earn the victory in Chicago’s lone win over four games in Toronto.
Former Chicago closer Bobby Jenks(notes) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday and could face the White Sox for the first time since criticizing their front office and manager Ozzie Guillen in an interview with the Chicago Tribune after signing a two-year deal with Boston in the offseason.
“A lot of the stuff with Ozzie and the front office gets old,” Jenks said. “It has been a problem for a long time. It was a problem before last year. It’s going to be nice for me to see how things are done here.”
Guillen fired back at Jenks, who had 173 saves for Chicago from 2005-10.
“First of all, he can’t make any comments about last year because he was never in the clubhouse. He spent more time in his house than he was in the clubhouse,” Guillen said. “The only thing I can say is I feel bad for him because I think the way we treated this kid, just the White Sox, myself, our front office people … we helped him a lot, on the field and off the field.
“It’s very sad because he should look at himself in the mirror and all the things he said in the paper to realize what he said. Like I said in January, if there was one player I ever managed, I do more stuff for him than anybody else on the field and off the field.”