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Saturday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Steven Wright vs. C.J. Wilson

May 23, 2015 - 6:25 am
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Trying to bounce back after a 12-5 blowout Friday night, the Red Sox send knuckleballer Steven Wright to the mound against C.J. Wilson for the second game of Boston's series with the Angels. Wright, who will face the Angels for the first time in his career, made his first start of the season when the Sox were in Seattle last week, tossing five innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Still, the Red Sox were unable to pull out the win Sunday and fell to the Mariners 5-0, providing Wright with no run support in the process. "I threw about 85 pitches and I'm just ready for whatever [manager John Farrell] wants me to do, whether it's another start, going to the pen," Wright said after his start. "For me it doesn't matter. I just have to go throw good knuckleballs over the plate and just hope for the best." Though he was mostly used as a middle-inning, long reliever prior to his start in Seattle, Wright has been filling Justin Masterson's spot in the rotation while he's on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. Wright has a 4.02 ERA in three appearances for the Sox this season, and has pitched at least five innings in each, recording a 1-1 mark in that time. In each of his three campaigns for Boston this season, Wright has given up no more than three earned runs in any outing and has a 1.53 WHIP on the year. Batters are slashing .274/.348/.468 opposite Wright though 15 2/3 innings, and of the 17 hits he's allowed, six have been for extra bases. Wilson, who has a 3.06 ERA this season, has allowed fewer than three earned runs in all but two of his eight starts this season, though he holds a 2-2 record. His most recent trip to the hill, a five-inning effort Monday against the Blue Jays, yielded four earned runs on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He registered a no-decision on the day, as his team gained a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but the Angels eventually fell to the Jays 10-6. "I made enough bad pitches to put myself in some bad situations against a good-hitting team," Wilson said after the game. "If I made the pitches I wanted to make, I got guys out, but I was just missing enough to give the guys the chance to put the barrel on it." The lefty has pitched against the Red Sox 22 times total, 12 relief appearances from 2005-09 and then 10 starts from the 2010 season onward. In 72 innings vs. Boston, Wilson has a 2.63 ERA, giving up 27 runs, six of which were unearned. The Red Sox have posted a slash line of .238/.319/.293 against him, recording 65 hits, including 12 doubles and a home run. Wilson has a 2.03 strikeout-to-walk ratio, is averaging 8.09 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 1.361 WHIP when seeing the Sox. Angels vs. Wright (RHP) Only Marc Krauss has faced Wright, registering a hit and a walk in two plate appearances. Red Sox vs. Wilson (LHP) Mike Napoli (37 plate appearances): .194 AVG/.324 OBP/.355 SLG, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (27): .417/.481/.667, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout David Ortiz (19): .176/.263/.294, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Daniel Nava (9): .333/.556/.333, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Hanley Ramirez (9): .286/.444/.714, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (7): .286/.286/.286, 1 strikeout Mookie Betts (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Pablo Sandoval (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Wilson.

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