Monday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Jake Peavy vs. Bud Norris

June 09, 2014 - 4:31 am
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Coming off a dramatic win in Detroit that ended a five-game losing streak, the Red Sox begin a three-game series with the Orioles on Monday in Baltimore when they send Jake Peavy to the mound against Bud Norris. Peavy (1-3, 4.72 ERA) had yet another disappointing outing last Tuesday in Cleveland, giving up five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians. The right-hander gave up three runs in the first, shut out Cleveland for the next five and surrendered two more in the seventh. Peavy has had just one quality start in his last five, a far cry from his early-season success when six of his first seven outings were quality starts. On a positive note, Peavy didn't allow a home run for the second game this season. "I had made pitches all night,'€ Peavy said after the game. "I felt fine. [David Murphy] puts a good at-bat on me and gets on base. If we keep him off base there, Yan Gomes' ball is right to the shortstop because we're not playing double-play depth. It could have been a different inning. Just seems like it's been the story of my last month. Just can't quite get the ball to bounce our way. It's awfully tough losing." If Peavy wants to get back in the win column for the first time since April 25, the Orioles may be the team for him to do it against. Peavy is 2-0 with a 4.21 ERA in four career starts against Baltimore, and took a no-decision April 20 in his lone appearance against the O'€™s this season. He struggled with a five-run, 10-hit, four-walk performance over 5 2/3 innings, but the Sox ultimately prevailed 6-5. Peavy will have his hands full with Baltimore sluggers Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, who are hitting .444, .364 and .300, respectively, in their careers against the 33-year-old. Norris (4-5, 4.41 ERA) had his last start cut short when he a suffered a bruised forearm in Texas last Wednesday. The right-hander was in the midst of a strong start against the Rangers until he was struck with a two-out liner by Mitch Moreland in the fifth inning. Norris finished the inning, but not before giving up a three-run home run to Adrian Beltre. Norris gave up five runs on six over five innings in the win. He walked two and struck out five in the injury-shortened start. "[The arm is] pretty sore," Norris said after the game. "You never want to get smoked by a comebacker but the trainers will look at it the next couple days and get rid of the swelling as best I can." Norris' injury won't be enough to keep him from starting against the Sox Monday, but it will be worth watching to see if it affects his performance. The 29-year-old is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox. He lost his lone outing against the Sox this season on April 19, giving up four runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Red Sox vs. Norris (RHP) Stephen Drew (17 plate appearances): .462 AVG/.588 OBP/.769 SLG, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts Jonathan Herrera (14): .091/.231/.091, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (12): .333/.667/.667, 2 double, 1 RBI, 6 walks, 1 strikeout David Ortiz (9): .333/.333/.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Jonny Gomes (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 3 strikeouts David Ross (6): .333/.333/.833, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/1.000, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Grady Sizemore (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout A.J. Pierzynski has a hit and a strikeout in two career plate appearances. Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley are hitless in two career plate appearances. Orioles vs. Peavy (RHP) J.J. Hardy (23 plate appearances): .105 AVG/.217 OBP/.158 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Delmon Young (15): .231/.333/.538, 1 HR, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Nick Markakis (13): .300/.462/.300, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Nelson Cruz (12): .364/.417/.818, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Adam Jones (10): .444/.500/.556, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Chris Davis (9): .000/.222/.000, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts David Lough (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Manny Machado (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Ryan Flaherty (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Jonathan Schoop (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 doubles

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