Joe Kelly

Friday’s Red Sox-Tigers matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Daniel Norris

August 07, 2015 - 4:17 am

During the second series of the Red Sox' three-part road trip, Joe Kelly will kick off the team's three-game weekend series against the Tigers. Newly acquired Daniel Norris gets the ball for Detroit on Friday night. Kelly returned to the rotation July 22 and struggled some, pitching 5 1/3 innings while giving up four runs on six hits. The start after that wasn't better by any means, a 3 1/3-inning outing that garnered another four earned runs, five total, on seven hits. Most recently, he took the mound Saturday vs. the Rays and allowed five earned runs on nine hits in five innings with a walk and six strikeouts. Since returning to the lineup, the righty has an 8.56 ERA with one loss and one win, as the Sox managed to offer 11 runs of support in his last start. Still, his season ERA now is 6.11 and his record sits at 3-6 through 17 outings. "You don't really predict that, but it is what it is right now," Kelly said of his season struggles after his July 28 start. "Something that I just have to keep fighting. I'm not going to give up out there. Just going to keep pitching." Though he has faced 26 of 30 teams in the majors, Kelly hasn't pitched against the Tigers, making Friday his first start against Detroit. Opposite the other four teams in the AL Central, the 27-year-old has a 6.91 ERA, having allowed 21 runs in 27 1/3 innings. Norris joined the Tigers as part of last week's trade that sent David Price to the Blue Jays. The 22-year-old has seen the Red Sox just once in his young career, as he came in for just a third of an inning to get David Ortiz out in 2014. He managed to retire him by way of the K and so has a 0.00 ERA with no decisions in just that part of a frame. As a former Jay, he's faced other teams within the division, though, posting a 3.00 combined ERA vs. the Orioles, Yankees and Rays. The left-hander has made one start for Detroit, going 7 1/3 innings and holding the O's to one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts on Sunday. It was his longest outing of the year and his career, as he spent 2014 as a reliever and had maxed out at seven innings earlier this season against Tampa Bay. Norris has allowed more than two earned runs just twice this year in six starts, and surrendered more than three once back in April when he gave up four. He now has a 2-1 record on the year with a 3.23 ERA, though it's 1-0 and 1.23 with Detroit so far. "The results are obvious. Anyone can look and see how successful he was today and say, 'Wow, this kid's good,' " Tigers catcher James McCann said following Norris' Sunday start. "But I think the thing that impressed me the most was the process, how he got the results, the demeanor on the mound, his poise, the pace that he pitched, how fast he got the ball and got up on the rubber and said, 'Let's go.' No matter who stepped in the box, he was in attack mode. He made adjustments on the fly." Red Sox vs. Norris (LHP) David Ortiz has one strikeout in one plate appearance vs. Norris. Tigers vs. Kelly (RHP) Ian Kinsler (2 plate appearances): .500 AVG/.500 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 strikeout