From Jack Etkin, Freeland Celebrates Birthday With Fenway Park Debut


By Jack Etkin

His start Tuesday at Boston is bound to be memorable for Kyle Freeland. Probably not as memorable as his major league debut in 2017 when the Denver native started the Rockies’ home opener at sold-out Coors Field, held the Dodgers to one run in six innings and won 2-1.

And not likely as memorable as the wild-card game last October at Wrigley Field when Freeland, pitching on three days’ rest, threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and the Rockies ultimately beat the Cubs 2-1 in 13 innings.

And probably, for that matter, not as memorable as a July start at Coors Field just before the All-Star break in 2017 when Freeland held the White Sox hitless for 8 1/3 before giving up a single, coming oh so close to being the second Rockies pitcher to throw a no-hitter and the first to do it at Coors Field.

Still, Tuesday figures to be an indelible experience for Freeland. He has never set foot in Fenway Park but will do so Tuesday for the first time.

The Rockies left-hander won’t be shagging balls in the outfield there during batting practice or throwing a bullpen session in preparation for his next start somewhere else. No, Freeland will be center stage. He will take the mound at Fenway Park and do so on his 26th birthday.

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