The Boston Red Sox will play an unusual Thursday afternoon series opener with the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m. today as they look to keep their winning streak alive.

The Sox are red hot with a six-game winning streak, dating back to a three game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend and then three victories against the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles.

Boston had a 90 minute rain delay in its match-up with the Orioles to close out the two game set and the squad boarded the plane at 1:00 a.m. this morning after the shortened contest.  The team is currently one game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East.  Toronto is idle Thursday.

The starting line-ups for both teams

DETROIT TIGERS

1- Ian Kinsler (2B)

2- Erick Aybar (SS)

3- Miguel Cabrera (1B)

4- Victor Martinez (DH)

5- JD Martinez (RF)

6- Casey McGehee (3B)

7- Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C)

8- Andrew Romine (CF)

9- Alex Presley (LF)

P- Matt Boyd (4-2, 4.16 ERA)

 

BOSTON RED SOX

1- Aaron Hill (3B)

2- Xander Bogaerts (SS)

3- Mookie Betts (RF)

4- Hanley Ramirez (1B)

5- Jackie Bradley Jr (CF)

6- Sandy Leon (DH)

7- Brayan Holaday (C)

8- Deven Marrero (2B)

9- Andrew Benintendi (LF)

P- Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.66 ERA)