Boston is 0-5 in games that would give it a chance to get above .500. This is the longest a Red Sox team has played without topping the break-even point since 1996.
The Tigers are fighting just to stay near the .500 mark, though. Detroit lost the series opener on Monday to snap a four-game win streak against Boston.
Verlander will face the Red Sox for the second time this season after tossing eight shutout innings against them on Opening Day in Detroit. In his career at Fenway Park, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in five starts.
"I remember my first time pitching here," he said. "It's kind of like the first time pitching at Yankee Stadium. You take a moment to soak it all in."
Daniel Bard takes the mound for the Red Sox, trying to get himself and the team over the hump. Bard hasn't made a seamless transition from the bullpen to the rotation this year.
The right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.69 ERA in eight starts, and manager Bobby Valentine has noticed something is a little off with the first-year starter.
"It always seems like he's been half a beat off in his delivery," Valentine said. "If he found that half beat, it might be a real good thing."
Bard admitted he hasn't quite felt like himself this season, but the righty said he's feeling confident after this week's bullpen session.
"That little something that he needed, I hope he found it," Valentine said.
Tigers: Young expected back from court
Delmon Young will be in New York before Tuesday's game for a hearing on his aggravated harassment charge from last month.
Barring a travel delay, the outfielder is expected to be back in Boston in time for the game.
Young homered in the second inning on Monday, sending a solo shot over the Green Monster for his third home run of the season. He is hitting .252 with 16 RBIs.
Red Sox: Pedroia nursing right thumb
Dustin Pedroia left Monday's game after five innings with what the club described as a jammed right thumb.
The second baseman left the game after making a diving play to rob Danny Worth of a hit to end the fifth inning.
Pedroia was 1-for-3 before leaving the game in favor of Nick Punto. It's unclear whether Pedroia will be in the Red Sox's lineup on Tuesday.
The Tigers have not been shutout for 116 straight games, dating back to July 17, 2011. It's the longest streak in club history.
The Red Sox are 20-10 against the Tigers since the start of the 2008 season, tied for the best record in the Majors against Detroit.