The Red Sox were planning to have Steven Wright make a spot-start against the Yankees, but Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they have changed course and now plan to activate Joe Kelly from the disabled list to make the start.
Kelly came down with biceps tendinitis during a Grapefruit League start on March 16 and has been working his way back in recent days. Red Sox manager John Farrell told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that they made the decision after watching his most recent bullpen session on Wednesday. He’ll likely be limited to around 85-90 pitches in his season debut.
Kelly was acquired from the Cardinals last July along with Allen Craig in the John Lackey deal. The 26-year-old throws hard and owns a 3.41 ERA over 48 starts and 30 relief appearances in the majors, but he has averaged just 6.0 K/9 and could be in trouble with a move to the American League.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.