Friday’s Red Sox-Brewers matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Marco Estrada

April 04, 2014 - 6:50 am
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Once the Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park are over and the Red Sox have received their World Series rings, Boston will send Jake Peavy to mound on Friday against Brewers righty Marco Estrada. "If you can'€™t have an Opening Day start [of the season], what'€™s better than the home opener coming off a World Series win and ring ceremony," Peavy said, (via MLB.com). "I'€™m excited, and like I said, I'€™m doing everything I can to get prepared for that start, and I'€™ll leave it all out there." Peavy comes into the afternoon tilt after one of the best springs of his career as the 32-year-old posted a 2.13 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP in three starts. His spring got off to a late start after he cut his non-pitching hand while he was out fishing with his son in early March. The right-hander is entering his first full season with the Red Sox after he was part of a three-team trade in July that sent him from the White Sox to Boston. Peavy accumulated a 4-1 record with a 4.04 ERA during his time with the Red Sox in 2013. Peavy has not taken on the Brewers since the 2008 season when he was with the Padres. Peavy ultimately picked up the loss after tossing seven innings of one-run ball in the early-September game. The only players who are still in Milwaukee from that 2008 starting lineup are Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun. Overall, Peavy holds a 3-3 record with a 2.48 ERA in nine starts against the Brewers. For Estrada, Friday'€™s outing will mark the first time he has started a game against the Red Sox. The 30-year-old came on in relief in a game in June of 2011 and took the loss after he gave up three runs on four hits in four innings on the mound. Consequently, Estrada has limited experience against the Red Sox lineup and has only faced four players on two occasions each. Estrada comes into the game after a spring training in which he earned a 2.16 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in six outings. In his last start of the spring on March 29, Estrada threw five scoreless innings against the Royals. Brewers vs. Peavy (RHP) Aramis Ramirez (23 plate appearances): .227AVG/.261 OPB/.409 SLG, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Mark Reynolds (21): .150/.190/.150, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts Lyle Overbay (13): .111/.385/.111, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts Rickie Weeks (7): .500/.571/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Ryan Braun (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Kyle Lohse has one strikeout in four plate appearances vs. Peavy. Carlos Gomez and Zach Duke have two strikeouts in three and two plate appearances vs. Peavy, respectively. Red Sox vs. Estrada (RHP) David Ortiz (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout Jonny Gomes has two strikeouts in two plate appearances vs. Estrada. Dustin Pedroia has one walk in two plate appearances vs. Estrada. A.J. Pierzynski is hitless in two appearances vs. Estrada.

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