Rick Porcello

Friday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Rick Porcello vs. R.A. Dickey

April 15, 2016 - 4:39 am

In a rematch of their duel last Saturday, Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello will face off against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as the teams begin a four-game series. In his first start of the season, Porcello came up victorious in a game the Red Sox won 8-4. He went six innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out seven. He struggled early but eventually settled down. The Red Sox bats kept him in the game and earned him a win, as they twice came back to gain the lead. "With the lineup that we have, and the things that they're doing right now, our job is to keep us in the game and pitch as deep as possible," Porcello said after the win. "That's it. That being said, you face some tough lineups, it can be a challenge, but we've got a great lineup and really really good defense, and that's to our advantage." Said manager John Farrell: "After the first three innings, I thought he settled in. He stayed out of the plate much more consistently. Got a number of ground balls. I thought his sinker, at the bottom of the strike zone today, was as good as we've seen in quite some time. He did bend, but he didn't break." In 12 career starts against the Blue Jays, Porcello is 5-7 with a 5.35 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 19 walks. Dickey was hit hard by the Red Sox on Saturday in Toronto. He lasted five innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. He walked two and struck out nine. Less than a week later, he faces the same lineup that roughed him up the first time around. "If you wallow in it, it doesn't help anybody," Dickey said after the game. "So if there's one thing that experience has taught me, it's that you've got to turn the page quickly. Take what you can -- bad and good -- out of the outing and turn the page quickly. That's what we need to do." In 17 career starts against the Red Sox, Dickey is 6-7 with a 4.50 ERA, 94 strikeouts and 30 walks. Blue Jays vs. Porcello (RHP) Jose Bautista (33 plate appearances): .464 BA/.545 OBP/.786 SLG, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (29): .345/.345/.586, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 5 strikeouts Josh Donaldson (23) .304/.304/.478, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts Russell Martin (20): .118/.250/.118, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Justin Smoak (19): .438/.526/1.063, 1 double, 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Kevin Pillar (13): .308/.308/.538, 3 doubles, 2 strikeouts Ryan Goins (12): .167/.167/.333, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Josh Thole (12): .167/.167/.417, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Ezequiel Carrera (11): .182/.182/.455, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Troy Tulowitzki (11): .200/.273/.200, 1 walk Michael Saunders is 0-for-8 with one walk and three strikeouts. Darwin Barney has three hits in five at-bats. Chris Colabello is hitless in two at-bats with one strikeout. Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (47 plate appearances): .261 BA/.277 OBP/.391 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts David Ortiz (38): .265/.342/.588, 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (34): .303/.324/.545, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (32): .367/.406/.600, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Mookie Betts (27): .308/.333/.500, 1 double, 2 triples, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Brock Holt (24): .227/.292/.318, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Jackie Bradley (23): .095/.174/.238, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts Chris Young (13): .077/.077/.154, 1 double, 5 strikeouts Rusney Castillo (9): .250/.333/.375, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (9): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 strikeouts Travis Shaw (9): .333/.333/.778, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 2 strikeouts Blake Swihart is 1-for-4 with one RBI, one walk and one strikeout.