Brice struck out three over 1.1 scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays. Although Brice wasn't credited with a hold, he deserved some kind of notoriety for the win. He entered in the seventh inning with two on, two out and got ended the threat. The right-hander then struck out the side in the eighth. After a shaky start to the season, Brice has not allowed a run or a hit while striking out eight over his last 5.1 innings. With both Josh Taylor (illness) and Darwinzon Hernandez (illness) unavailable, Brice could be deployed in high-leverage situations.
Brice allowed two walks and struck out three in a scoreless inning as the opener versus the Yankees on Sunday. He did not factor into the decision. A fielding error by Jose Peraza and Brice's two walks created a bases-loaded situation, but the righty struck out Luke Voit to escape the jam. Brice has a 6.35 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 5.2 innings this season, mostly as a reliever. The 28-year-old isn't likely to enter the closer conversation any time soon.
Brice will start Sunday's game against the Yankees, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. The right-hander has struggled through his first 4.2 innings of the season with four runs allowed, but he'll receive the chance to serve as the opener for the series finale in New York. Brice did deliver a scoreless frame against the Yankees on Friday, recording one strikeout and hitting a batter.
Brice allowed three hits and one walk while striking out 10 over 6.2 scoreless Grapefruit League innings. Brice will likely make the roster for an eventual Opening Day based on his strong spring. That notion was reinforced when Boston relegated Colten Brewer to the minors. The 27-year-old right-hander has been more effective against same-sided batters during his career, but Brice holds his own against left-handed hitters. He's expected to pitch the middle innings, including multiple-inning appearances.
Brice (forearm) gave up a single and walk and fanned four hitters over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief Monday against the Rays in his Grapefruit League debut. While he was a member of the Marlins organization in 2019, Brice was shut down in August for the remainder of the season with a right forearm strain. He was then traded to Boston in January and apparently completed his rehab program without incident before reporting to spring training. The 27-year-old isn't a lock to make Boston's Opening Day bullpen, but he made a strong early case for a spot with Monday's dominant showing.