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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was terrific on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, throwing the first complete game of his career. Eovaldi allowed two earned runs, seven hits, and one walk while striking out six on 108 pitches. While the results were there, Eovaldi did allow 13 balls hit over 100 mph. Almost all of these were hit into the ground, with the righty piling up 14 ground balls outs. If Eovaldi can keep the ball on the ground, the results will be there. He comes out of this start with a 3.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 59 strikeouts over 57 innings pitched. He should remain a decent option this season, although he is prone to blow-ups at times.
The Boston Red Sox called up right-hander Josh Winckowski on Saturday to serve as the team's 27th man for their doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles. Winckowski will start Game 2. In corresponding moves, the team placed right-hander Hansel Robles (back) on the 15-day injured list with back spasms and optioned right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura from Triple-A Worcester. Right-handers Ryan Brasier and Phillips Valdez were also recalled from Worcester. Winckowski will be making his major league debut against the O's after posting a 3.13 ERA and 0.85 WHIP while walking six and striking out 34 in 31 2/3 innings over seven starts for Worcester. The 23-year-old might be worth a look as a streaming sleeper in DFS against Baltimore.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story will take a seat for Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Fantasy managers will unfortunately have to shift the hot-hitting Story to their benches for Saturday's matinee affair. The 29-year-old has hit .313/.395/.969 with seven home runs, 21 RBI, 11 runs scored and two stolen bases in his last eight games to raise his season slash line to .227/.315/.455. Story has nine total home runs, 37 RBI, 25 runs scored and six stolen bases in 40 games. He should be back in the lineup for Game 2. Christian Arroyo is at the keystone and is hitting sixth in Game 1 against Orioles right-hander Jordan Lyles. Arroyo is hitting only .190/.224/.302 with two homers, six RBI and a steal in 68 plate appearances over 24 games for the BoSox.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (rib cage) threw close to 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Friday, and the plan is for him to work off the mound three times next week. Sale could go on a minor league rehab assignment by the week of June 6. Sale also threw a 15-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday in which he used all of his pitches, and he's quickly building up his arm after dealing with a stress reaction in his rib cage that has sidelined him all year. The 33-year-old southpaw could make his season debut in Boston's starting rotation in late June, barring any setbacks. Sale missed all of the 2020 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he made only nine starts for Boston last year.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Trevor Story continued his hot streak at the plate in the team's 16-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. He went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, a stolen base, four RBI and two runs scored. Story has been one of the most dominant batters in fantasy over the past few weeks. Since May 16, he's hit eight of his nine home runs on the year while racking up 22 RBI and three stolen bases. The 29-year-old struggled to the tune of a .224/.297/.299 slash line in April, but his recent hot stretch has elevated his slash line to .232/.312/.464 on the year.