Friday's Red Sox-Rangers matchups: David Price vs. Nick Martinez

June 24, 2016 - 6:46 am

The Red Sox will hand the ball to David Price on Friday night to begin a three-game series with the Rangers, who will counter with right-hander Nick Martinez. Price, who is 8-4 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.124 WHIP, is coming off of one of his best starts of the season on Sunday against the Mariners. In a 2-1 Red Sox win, Price pitched eight innings, giving up just one run (a home run) on eight hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. "I think he's just settled into what's been his normal delivery for a number of years," manager John Farrell said (via after the start. "You look at what he's done over the last eight starts, it's progressively getting better. He's been more efficient with his pitch, not only his pitch mix, but the number of pitches thrown. He's been quality locations throughout. It's great to see a guy out and work like he does." "Unbelievable," David Ortiz added about Price. "He's pitching great. He's one of the best pitchers in the game so it doesn't surprise me. I knew things were going to get better and it was just a matter of time." Earlier in the season Price had ample support from the Sox offense, but over Price's last four starts Boston has scored just seven runs. Against the Rangers, Price is 3-4 in 11 career starts with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.361 WHIP. Price's last start against the Rangers was in August of last year when he was a member of the Blue Jays. In that outing, Price went six innings, giving up two runs, five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. Martinez is 1-1 in three games (one start) with a 5.14 ERA and a 2.000 WHIP. On June 14, Martinez was recalled from the minors. In 11 starts with Triple-A Round Rock, Martinez is 6-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Martinez last pitched for the Rangers last Saturday against the Cardinals. In his first start of the season, he went 4 1/3 innings allowing three runs, six hits and two walks with two hit batters and one strikeout. Martinez has faced the Red Sox once in his career. In May of 2015, Martinez picked up the loss when Boston beat Texas 5-1. The 25-year-old threw seven innings, giving up two runs, nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Red Sox vs. Martinez (RHP) 
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