Friday’s Red Sox-Athletics matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Brad Mills

June 20, 2014 - 4:12 am

The Red Sox will face the Athletics in the second of a three-game series Friday, sending Felix Doubront to the mound against fellow lefty Brad Mills. Friday marks Doubront's first start since May 21, when the southpaw went on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA) has made three rehab starts between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, allowing four runs over 13 2/3 innings (2.63 ERA) while striking out 15. In his last Triple-A start on June 15 against the Charlotte Knights, Doubront struck out 10 batters over five no-hit innings. "His last start was much improved in terms of overall stuff," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. "There was increased intensity, increased velocity, increased action to his pitches that are going to be required here, and he gets the ball [Friday]." Doubront will take the spot vacated by Brandon Workman, who began serving his six-game suspension for throwing behind Rays third baseman Evan Longoria on May 30. Doubront'€™s last start against the A'€™s came on April 22, 2013, when the left-hander surrendered three earned runs and five walks in 6 2/3 innings of work. In three career starts against Oakland, Doubront is 1-2 with a 8.56 ERA. Mills will be making his first start in the majors this season. The southpaw was traded from the Brewers to the A'€™s on Tuesday for a whopping $1. The price tag was a result of a clause in Mills'€™ contract that forced Milwaukee to put him on the trade market if he was not placed on an MLB roster by June 15. "I thought it was a joke,"€ Mills said when asked about the trade. "Whatever they had to do to make it official, I'm all for. I don't take it as a value of my worth as a ballplayer." Mills, who has posted an unimpressive 7.76 ERA in 15 career MLB appearances, held a 4-2 record with a 1.56 ERA in 14 appearances with Triple-A Nashville this season. Mills last appearance against the Red Sox was on Sept. 13, 2011, during which the lefty did not record an out in a relief spot, allowing three earned runs in the process. In three career appearances (one start) against Boston, Mills is 0-0 with a 10.50 ERA. Red Sox vs. Mills (LHP) David Ortiz (4 plate appearances): .500/.500/1.250, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Mike Napoli (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single Daniel Nava (1): .000/.000/.000 Dustin Pedroia has one double in one plate appearance vs. Mills. Athletics vs. Doubront (LHP)  Alberto Callaspo (7): .286/.286/.571, 2 doubles Coco Crisp (6): .400/.500/1.000, 1 home run, 1 RBI Derek Norris (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 single, 4 strikeouts Yoenis Cespedes (4): 500/.500/.500, 2 singles, 2 RBIs Craig Gentry (4): .500/.500/.500, 2 singles, 1 RBI Josh Donaldson (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 walk John Jaso (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single, 1 RBI Jed Lowrie has one walk in three plate appearances vs. Doubront. Brandon Moss (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts