Monday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Felix Doubront vs. David Price

July 29, 2013 - 5:24 am
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If the Red Sox get a little déjà vu Monday night at Fenway Park, it would be hard to blame them. For the second time in five days, the Sox, holding onto a slim lead in the American League East, will send left-hander Felix Doubront to the mound to counter fellow southpaw David Price and the Rays. The contest is the makeup of Thursday'€™s rainout, which had been scheduled to be the finale of the four-game set, as well as a rematch of Wednesday'€™s game, a 5-1 Tampa Bay win. That Red Sox loss featured an utterly dominant Price, who allowed the home team one run on five hits while walking none and striking out four. He needed only 97 pitches, 72 of which were strikes, in the complete-game effort. A seventh-inning homer from Mike Napoli was Price'€™s lone error. It was another exceptional outing for the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, who on the season is 5-5 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.16 WHIP but has been considerably better in July after returning from a month-and-a-half stint on the disabled list with a triceps strain. In the five starts (and three complete games) since, none of which have required more than 100 pitches, Price has struck out 27 batters while walking one in 41 innings. Doubront held his own against the Rays last week, limiting the sixth-best scoring offense to three runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. He also fanned five Rays batters. It was enough for a quality start, Doubront'€™s fifth in a row, but not enough with Price as his foil. '€œOnce again I thought he had very good stuff,'€ manager John Farrell told the media afterward. '€œGoing into the seventh inning with three runs allowed is consistent with what he'€™s been doing the last couple months for us.'€ Overall, Doubront has been solid in 2013 '€” including a 3.78 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.3 K/9 rate '€” but, like Price, has been sharper this month. He has a 2.36 ERA and 1.05 WHIP while guiding the Sox to wins three times in four tries. Rays vs. Doubront (LHP) Ben Zobrist (22 plate appearances): .222 BA/.333 OBP/.222 SLG, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Yunel Escobar (20): .222/.300/.222, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Evan Longoria (19): .286/.421/.429, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts Sean Rodriguez (18): .176/.222/.294, 1 triple, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (17): .286/.412/.357, 1 double, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Luke Scott (16): .308/.375/.769, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Kelly Johnson (15): .308/.400/.308, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts James Loney (9): .250/.333/.250, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Wil Myers (6): .400/.500/.400, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Matthew Joyce (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Jose Lobaton (4): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts Jose Molina (4): .000/.250/.000 Sam Fuld has never faced Doubront. Red Sox vs. Price (LHP) Dustin Pedroia (45 plate appearances): .308 BA/.400 OBP/.487 SLG, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 6 walks, 6 strikeouts David Ortiz (36): .226/.333/.290, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (32): .233/.281/.500, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Mike Napoli (22): .286/.318/.476, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts Daniel Nava (19): .056/.105/.056, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (15): .214/.267/.286, 1 double, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Shane Victorino (15): .308/.400/.308, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Jarrod Saltalamacchia (14): .083/.214/.167, 1 double, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Jose Iglesias (9): .222/.222/.222, 3 strikeouts Ryan Lavarnway (7): .286/.286/.429, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Stephen Drew (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 walk 1 strikeout Brandon Snyder (4): .250/.250/.250 Mike Carp has never faced Price.

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