Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Vidal Nuno

June 27, 2014 - 3:13 am

The Red Sox will kick off a three-game series against the Yankees Friday, sending Brandon Workman to the mound against Vidal Nuno. The weekend series in the Bronx will be the first meeting between the clubs since the Yankees took two out of three games on April 22-24. Boston holds a 2-5 record against New York this season. Workman (1-0, 2.88 ERA) will be making his first start since June 15, as the right-hander served a six-game suspension for throwing behind Rays third baseman Evan Longoria in a May 30 game. In his last start against the Indians on June 15, Workman put his team in a good position to win, holding Cleveland to two earned runs while striking out seven over six innings of work. Despite Workman'€™s solid performance, the Red Sox were defeated by a score of 3-2. "He's growing. He feels more comfortable throwing his curveball, and he throws it in bigger situations," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said after the game. "He can bounce it, he can throw it for a strike, move it around and change speeds on you. So it's nice if you have more than one weapon to get guys out with." While Workman has been a pleasant surprise for the Red Sox out of the starting rotation, the team has not capitalized on his performances this season, posting a 2-3 record in his five starts. The average margin of victory in those games has just been 1.8 runs. Workman last faced off against the Yankees on Sept. 13, 2013, in a brief relief appearance, getting one out in the seventh inning before being pulled from the game. In four career appearances (zero starts) against the Yankees, Workman is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Nuno (1-4, 5.88 ERA) has not had much luck recently, as the southpaw has yet to earn a win since May 7. Nuno, who started the season in the bullpen before bumped up to the rotation on April 20, has struggled as of late, posting a 6.86 ERA in four starts this month. Nuno struggled in his last start against the Orioles on Saturday, allowing five runs (four earned), thanks in large part to three home runs, over 6 1/3 innings. "It's just how I approached guys and leaving fastballs like that, sometimes I get hit hard," Nuno said after the game. "I trusted all my stuff today, but they got to my fastball." The long ball has been a recurring problem for Nuno in the Bronx, as the left-hander has allowed 13 home runs in 39 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium this season. Friday will be Nuno'€™s first career start against the Red Sox. Red Sox vs. Nuno (LHP) No Red Sox batters have faced Nuno. Yankees vs. Workman (RHP) Kelly Johnson has two strikeouts in four plate appearances vs. Workman. Brian Roberts has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Workman. Alfonso Soriano has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Workman. Brendan Ryan (2): .500/.500/2.000, 1 home run, 1 RBI Ichiro Suzuki has one single in two plate appearances vs. Workman. Brett Gardner has one strikeout in one plate appearance vs. Workman.