Friday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Brandon Workman vs. David Price

May 30, 2014 - 4:48 am

The Red Sox will kick off a three-game series against the Rays at Fenway Park on Friday, as Brandon Workman will take the mound against David Price in the opener. Tensions are expected to be high between both clubs, as the last matchup between the Rays and Red Sox was highlighted by a bench-clearing brawl on Sunday. Workman (0-0, 3.18 ERA) was solid in his first start of the season on that day, allowing three runs and five hits over five innings. While Workman put his team in a position to snap its then-nine-game losing streak, a five-run seventh inning off of Boston southpaw Craig Breslow put the game out of reach, as the Rays sealed the 8-5 victory. "Everything went really good then the last couple of innings I fell behind a few too many hitters, making pitches from behind in the count. They got some base hits on and scored some runs off me," Workman said after the game. In 13 career innings against the Rays, Workman is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. It looked as if Price (4-4, 4.42 ERA) was on pace for an early exit in his last start on Saturday, also against the Red Sox. An anemic Boston lineup that had only scored 16 runs in its previous eight games quickly tagged Price for five runs in the first, putting Tampa Bay in an early hole. Price would quickly rebound following his poor start to the game, letting just two baserunners on over the next seven frames, allowing his team to storm back and defeat Boston by a score of 6-5. "This team just doesn't quit," Price said after the game. "I put them in a hole 5-0 before we even had a chance to swing the bats, it was a good job by our offense and especially by our bullpen." Price has been susceptible to the long ball this year, surrendering 12 home runs in 77 1/3 innings pitched, but still boasts and impressive 84-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 21 career starts against Boston, Price is 10-6 with a 3.09 ERA. Rays vs. Workman (RHP) Matthew Joyce (7 plate appearances): 000/.143/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts James Loney (7): .333/.286/.833, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Evan Longoria (7): .571/.571/1.143, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Yunel Escobar (5): .250/.400/.250, 1 single, 1 walk Desmond Jennings (4): .333/.333/.333, 1 single, 1 strikeout Wil Myers (4): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk, 1 RBI David DeJesus has one double and one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Workman. Logan Forsythe has one single and one RBI in two plate appearances. Jose Molina has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Workman. Red Sox vs. Price (LHP)  Dustin Pedroia (55): .250/.345/.396, 1 home run, 11 strikeouts David Ortiz (42): .216/.310/.297, 3 doubles, 7 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (24): 190/.250/.238, 1 double, 6 strikeouts Daniel Nava (22): .100/.143/.100, 2 singles, 8 strikeouts A.J. Pierzynski (19): .176/.222/.353, 1 home run, 3 RBI Ryan Lavarnway (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 4 strikeouts David Ross (8): .375/.375/1.125, 2 home runs, 2 RBI Grady Sizemore (8): .250/.250/.375, 1 double, 3 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (4): .500/.500/.500, 2 singles Mike Carp has one RBI and one strikeout in 4 plate appearances vs. Price. Brock Holt (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 single, 2 strikeouts Jackie Bradley (3): .000/.000/.000