WASHINGTON - Phillies righthander Tyler Cloyd says that Boston's Fenway Park is a stadium he always wanted to visit, but he never had the chance.
That will end on Monday when Cloyd gets the start against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of a two-game series at Fenway.
"I always wanted to go there," Cloyd said about Fenway. "My brother and I wanted to visit as many baseball fields as we could."
Cloyd couldn't fit it into his schedule and now he will get his chance.
"Just going there is a big deal and to get the opportunity to pitch there is great," he said.
He says he won't be caught up in the atmosphere of the 101-year-old park, at least not on Monday.
"The first day it will all be about business and taking care of the game," he said. "The second day I may take in the stadium a little more."
Cloyd is 1-0 with a 2.82 ERA in two starts. On Tuesday he allowed two earned runs in seven innings of a 7-3 win at Miami. It was his first start since being recalled for a second time this year from Lehigh Valley.
"I got to go in there and keep the team in the game," he said. "The biggest thing is stay on my game and keep the ball down."