BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Will Middlebrooks #64 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by manager Bobby Valentine after Middlebrooks hit a solo home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians on April 21, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Red Sox and Tigers each have a 23-24 record as they enter the series.
Two of the American League's most disappointing teams will meet on Monday when the Boston Red Sox host the Detroit Tigers. Although both were picked by many as playoff teams, they each have a record of 23-24 entering Monday's game.
The Tigers will begin the series as the hotter team. Detroit swept Minnesota over the weekend, winning the final game on a Miguel Cabrera home run in the ninth inning.
Boston was on the other end of a ninth inning home run on Sunday and dropped two of three at home to Tampa Bay this weekend.
The series kicks off at 1:35 p.m. ET on Monday as Felix Doubront will toe the rubber against Doug Fister. In game two, the Red Sox will send Daniel Bard to the hill and take their swings against Justin Verlander. Wednesday's game will feature Jon Lester and Drew Smyly, and the series will wrap up on Thursday with Josh Beckett and Max Scherzer.