Joe Kelly

Monday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Joe Kelly vs. John Danks

July 27, 2015 - 4:21 am

Nabbing their first series win since the All-Star break, the Red Sox will change out the Tigers for another AL Central team in the White Sox. Joe Kelly will get the ball for Boston on Monday while John Danks will pitch for Chicago in the opener of a four-game set at Fenway Park. Kelly made his return to the big league rotation Wednesday in Houston. He wasn't able to earn the win for the Sox, tossing 5 1/3 innings while allowing four earned runs on six hits, a walk and half a dozen strikeouts. However, all of the Astros' runs that evening in a 4-2 loss came off the three home runs that Kelly conceded -- two to left fielder Preston Tucker and one to designated hitter Evan Gattis. "I thought he made some big pitches with his fastball," manager John Farrell said. "He gets a couple of called strikes looking. I thought he changed eye level with some fastballs. But a couple pitches out over the plate. And in an unforgiving ballpark such as this, you pay for it." The start pushed Kelly's season record to 2-6 and his ERA to 5.74, and with Farrell confirming his stay in the rotation for the time being, he'll have another chance to improve those marks on Monday when he squares off against Chicago for the first time. Kelly has pitched against Chicago's National League counterpart, but never has he taken the mound against the White Sox. Danks and the Red Sox go way back. The lefty has 11 career starts against Boston dating back to 2007. With the exception of 2011, he's faced them every year since then. Overall, Danks has a 4.95 ERA against the Sox and a 4-6 record in 63 2/3 innings. In that time, the Red Sox have slashed .262/.343/.409 vs. Danks with 24 extra-base hits out of the 66 total they've collected. At Fenway Park, Danks has a 3-2 record with a 4.55 ERA in five starts, posting an opponents' slash line of .306/.368/.452 there as well. This season Danks has a 4.66 ERA and a 5-8 record through 18 starts, the last of which came Wednesday against the Cardinals, Kelly's former team. In 6 2/3 innings, the 30-year-old held the birds scoreless on five hits while striking out five, but the White Sox bullpen surrender three runs in the eighth, so he did not get a decision. "I felt good about things," Danks said. "I would have liked to have gone deeper, but I feel like I did my job, turned it over to a really good bullpen, and some good players on a good team found a way to beat us." The outing was his second consecutive and third in four starts in which he kept the opposing team off the board, and he's also recorded four quality starts in his past six trips to the mound. White Sox vs. Kelly (RHP) Melky Cabrera (6 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 double, 1 strikeout Geovany Soto (3): .333/.333/.333 No other White Sox batters have faced Kelly. Red Sox vs. Danks (LHP) Mike Napoli (31 plate appearances): .276 AVG/.323 OBP/.345 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts David Ortiz (23): .273/.304/.545, 2 home run, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (9): .667/.778/.667, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Hanley Ramirez (6): .400/.500/1.200, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Brock Holt (4): .500/.500/1.250, 1 double, 1 triple Mookie Betts (3): .000/.000/.000 Ryan Hanigan (3): .667/.667/1.333, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs Pablo Sandoval (3): .667/.667/.667 Daniel Nava has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Danks.