Red Sox scratch Velazquez from start vs. Mets, Cuevas gets the call

NBC Sports Boston Report
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Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez has been scratched from his scheduled start tonight against the Mets at Fenway Park with an illness and another right-hander, William Cuevas, will make the start, the team announced.

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It'll be the first major league start for Cuevas, 28, called up from Pawtucket after rosters expanded on Sept. 1. He's made four relief appearances and allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings and struck out nine. In 23 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, Cuevas was 10-8 with a 3.39 ERA.

He'll be opposed by Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA) in the opener of the three-game series. The Sox enter with their magic number for clinching the American League East title at 6.



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