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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his first visits to Boston where the Cubs play this weekend.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The White Sox finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling Royals with a 5-2 win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday afternoon. Jose Quintana struck out 10 over six innings, including a career-best seven during his first three frames. Red-hot Avisail Garica continued his torrid start with his fourth homer. Chicago now heads to Detroit for a weekend series. Depending on the Detroit-Seattle game later, the teams could enter the series deadlocked for first atop the AL Central. Meanwhile, the Royals have dropped seven straight and have scored two or fewer runs in nine of their last 10 games.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Reason for Dustin Pedroia sitting out tonight is two-fold: Woke up sore after working out yesterday and wet grounds, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes has dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game suspension tonight.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The White Sox say that Jose Abreu has been initially diagnosed with a mild right hip flexor strain. Chicago heads for Detroit after today's series finale with the Royals, and Abreu will be re-evaluated there. His availability is listed as day to day.

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Felix Hernández made 30 starts each season from 2006 to 2015. His 322 starts in that span trailed only the 327 of Dan Haren. Lately, Hernández hasn't been up to his 2010 Cy Young Award-winning form. His strikeouts per nine innings dropped from 8.5 from 2005 to 2015 to 7.2 the last two seasons, and his WHIP has increased from 1.17 to 1.36.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs flip flopped Kyle Hendricks and Brett Anderson in the rotation so Hendricks will pitch Sunday night in Boston while Anderson will start the home stand against the Phillies on Monday. It gets another lefty into the Philadelphia series.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when it appeared that the White Sox have their offense rolling, they may have lost their clean-up hitter. Jose Abreu slipped while he was trying to retrieve an errant grounder and immediately grabbed at his hamstring. He limped off the field, mostly off his own power. Hopefully it's not serious.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia is absent from Red Sox's lineup one day after manager John Farrell said the second baseman would've played if not for a rainout. Pedroia has been dealing with a sore left knee and ankle since he was spiked by Orioles' Manny Machado on Friday night in Baltimore. Pedroia didn't play Saturday or Sunday.

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It's hard to imagine two teams playing more evenly than the Red Sox and Yankees over the past 10 years. The storied rivals face off Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Take a good pitcher trying to rediscover himself and an opponent struggling horrifically at the plate, and this is what you get: The White Sox's Jose Quintana has struck out seven Royals over his first three innings, the most he's ever punched out over the first three frames of an outing. Chicago leads 2-0.

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The Tigers were hitting on all cylinders on Tuesday and put together one of their best offense performances in recent memory.