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Red Sox vs. Tigers: Sox hope for more of the same from Rubby De La Rosa

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Rubby De La Rosa was excellent against the Rays. Now will he be able to prove that first performance was more than just a fluke against the Tigers?

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The Red Sox will hope that Rubby De La Rosa can help snap their three-game losing streak even as they head into Detroit to face the A.L. Central leaders in the Tigers.

Today's Lineups

Brock Holt - 1B Ian Kinsler - 2B
Xander Bogaerts - 3B Torii Hunter - RF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Miguel Cabrera - 1B
David Ortiz - DH Victor Martinez - DH
Jonny Gomes - LF Alex Avila - C
A.J. Pierzynski - C Austin Jackson - CF
Grady Sizemore - RF N. Castellanos - 3B
J. Herrera - SS Andrew Romine - SS
Jackie Bradley - CF Rajai Davis - LF
Rubby De La Rosa - RHP Drew Smyly - LHP

The days since De La Rosa last took the mound have been anything but fun, but that hasn't done anything to erase his dominant performance against the Rays. Over seven dominant innings, Rubby was everything the Red Sox had hoped him to be, but hadn't seen in his time in Boston's system. Four hits, no walks, eight strikeouts, and plenty of excitement.

One game is one game, though, and if there's a lineup in the American League that even Boston's can make look bad...well, it's probably Tampa Bay's.

If De La Rosa wants to show that this rotation spot should be his even as the likes of Felix Doubront and--dare we dream--Clay Buchholz start to get healthy, Detroit isn't a bad proving ground, even if their offense hasn't been living up to its usual standards in 2014.

First pitch is at 7:08 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.