Friday's Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Scott Feldman

September 27, 2013 - 6:50 am

The Red Sox will kick off their final series of the regular season Friday when they face off against Scott Feldman and the Orioles at Camden Yards. Clay Buchholz will get the call for Boston, making his fourth start since being activated off of the disabled list on Sept. 10 after missing three months with neck and shoulder issues. The regular-season series between these two teams has been close this year, as Baltimore leads with nine wins in 16 games. Buchholz (11-1, 1.60 ERA) has been great since his long-awaited return, as the Texas native has only allowed two earned runs in his last 17 innings of work. Despite posting solid numbers of two earned runs in six innings during his last start on Saturday against the Blue Jays, Buchholz was bested by Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (six innings, five hits, one earned run) and picked up his first loss of the season in what ended up being a 4-2 Toronto victory. Buchholz was the first Red Sox pitcher to go 11-0 in his first 14 starts of a season since Roger Clemens in 1986. The last time Buchholz faced Baltimore was on April 8. Buchholz, as he's seemingly been all season, was dominant, allowing three hits and zero runs over seven innings in what ended up being a 3-1 Red Sox win. In 14 career starts against Baltimore, Buchholz is 8-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Acquired from the Cubs on July 2, Feldman (12-11, 3.51 ERA) has been a solid addition to the Baltimore rotation with a 5-5 record and a 3.57 ERA in 14 starts. After a few rough stretch in the middle of the season (5.12 ERA in July), Feldman has been sensational as of late, only allowing 12 earned runs over his last 50 innings. Feldman last faced off against Boston on Sept. 17, when he only allowed one earned run over five innings but walked six batters in an eventual 3-2 Orioles victory. In 10 games against Boston in his career, Feldman is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA. Red Sox vs. Feldman (RHP) Mike Napoli (30 plate appearances): .407 BA/.467 OBP/.630 SLG, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs Dustin Pedroia (15): .400/.400/.600, 1 home run, 2 RBIs David Ortiz (13): .200/.385/.800, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs Mike Carp (12): .364/.333/.455, 1 double, 1 RBI Stephen Drew (10): .375/.500/.750, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (8): .375/.375/.375, 3 singles Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): .375/.375/.875, 1 double, 1 home run Shane Victorino (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk John McDonald (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI Will Middlebrooks (3): .333/.333/667, 1 double, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Jonny Gomes (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts has walked once in 2 plate appearances against Feldman. Quintin Berry, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Ryan Lavarnway, David Ross, and Brandon Snyder have not faced Feldman. Orioles vs. Buchholz (RHP) Nick Markakis (41 plate appearances): .147 BA/.293 OBP/.147 SLG, 6 walks, 4 strikeouts Adam Jones (31): .208/.267/.458, 1 home run, 8 RBIs Matt Wieters (31): .222/.323/.296, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts Brian Roberts (27): .364/.481/.500, 1 triple, 3 RBIs Chris Davis (18): .200/.333/.467, 1 home run, 6 strikeouts J.J. Hardy (17): .375/.412/.750, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs Ryan Flaherty (9): .250/.333/.250, 2 strikeouts Nate McLouth (7): .333/.429/.500, 1 double Alexi Casilla (6): .600/.667/.600, 1 RBI Dan Johnson (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Steve Pearce (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Danny Valencia (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeouts Steve Clevenger, Chris Dickerson, Mike Morse, Jason Pridie, Chris Snyder, and Henry Urrutia have not faced Buchholz.