The span at Fenway Park allowed Boston to move back above .500, but the club remains in fourth place in the American League East as it begins the difficult trip.
Including the Tigers, the Sox play their next five series against winning teams, with just one of series taking place at home. The New York Yankees, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay are also among the opponents away from home before the month ends.
To add to the difficulty level, Detroit enters with a 12-4 mark at home and just took three of four from the Yankees.
Red Sox (18-17) vs. Tigers (20-15)
Friday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit
The Sox are 11-3 against the Tigers over the past two years.
RHP Clay Buchholz (3-3, 3.82 ERA) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-3, 6.81 ERA)
Since his gem at Toronto late last month, Buchholz has come back to Earth. In a pair of starts at Fenway Park in May, the righty has given up 10 runs — nine earned — in 10 2/3 innings. Buchholz, who is taking the start in place of the injured Josh Beckett, has allowed 17 hits and has walked eight in that span while striking out just two.
The 25-year-old has faced the Tigers twice. In his lone start at Comerica, he gave up five runs on 10 hits in four rough innings.
Scherzer, a former first-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has struggled after a strong start. In his last three outings, the St. Louis native has been torched for 16 runs in 13 innings.
|Marco Scutaro, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Victor Martinez, C
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
David Ortiz, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Jeremy Hermida, LF
Darnell McDonald, CF
|Austin Jackson, CF
Johnny Damon, DH
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Brennan Boesch, LF
Scott Sizemore, 2B
Gerald Laird, C
The Sox could use a quality start to their five-game road trip, and with Max Scherzer on the mound, they have a chance. Opponents are hitting .327 against Scherzer, who is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA at home.
Regardless of what Boston gets against the Detroit starter, Buchholz needs to find the form that made him the team's most reliable starter in April. With no return date set for Beckett, Buchholz's role takes on increased importance. Boston is 6-1 in Comerica Park over the past two years.