Saturday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Bud Norris

April 19, 2014 - 5:14 am
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The Red Sox will head into the second game of their four-game series with the Orioles on Saturday when they send Felix Doubront to the mound against Bud Norris. Doubront enters Saturday'€™s game after picking up his second consecutive loss of the season during a game against the Yankees on Sunday. The 26-year-old southpaw gave up three earned runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts during 6 2/3 innings on the mound. Two of those runs came on a two-run shot by Carlos Beltran during the third inning. "He was good," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of Doubront'€™s performance (via MLB.com). "When he throws the ball over the plate, he'€™s as good as anybody. I think, what, two of the walks scored. It just drives his pitch count up. It puts him in situations he shouldn't be in. Other than that, he threw the ball well." Doubront'€™s lone win of the season came in his first start -- a game against the Orioles on April 3. The lefty lasted 5 1/3 innings while giving up three earned runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Boston went on to win the game 4-3. In 10 career appearances against Baltimore, Doubront has gone 2-2 with a 4.61 ERA and a WHIP of 1.29. Unlike Doubront, Norris comes into Saturday'€™s game after tossing a gem against the Blue Jays last Saturday. The 29-year-old scattered five hits with three walks and four strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in what ultimately was an extra-inning win for the Orioles. Norris last faced off against the Red Sox on Aug. 28, 2013, in a game that featured a late-inning Boston comeback. Norris got a no-decision after he gave up one earned run on four hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. Norris also compiled seven strikeouts. Once Norris left the game, though, the Orioles bullpen gave up three runs in the seventh and eighth, leading to a 4-3 Red Sox win. Overall, Norris has made just three starts against Boston. During those outings, Norris has accumulated a 4.15 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Orioles vs. Doubront (LHP) Adam Jones (21 plate appearances): .106 AVG/.190 OBP/.105 SLG, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Chris Davis (20): .444/.500/.722, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts J.J. Hardy (20): .167/.250/.222, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Matt Wieters (19): .111/.158/.167, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walks, 10 strikeouts Nick Markakis (14): .462/.500/.462, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Nelson Cruz (10): .375/.500/.500. 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Steve Pearce (7): .000/.571/.000, 3 walks Ryan Flaherty (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Delmon Young (4): .500/.500/1.250, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout Jonathan Schoop (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Steve Clevenger has one hit in one at-bat vs. Doubront. Red Sox vs. Norris (RHP) Jonathan Herrera (12): .111/.273/.111, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Ryan Roberts (11): .364/.364/.909, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (9): .250/.667/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 walks Jonny Gomes (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 RBI, 1 walk. 1 strikeout Mike Napoli (6): .167/.167/.167, 4 strikeouts Daniel Nava (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 3 strikeouts David Ortiz (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Mike Carp (3): 1.000/1.000/1.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk David Ross (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI A.J. Pierzynski (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts is hitless in two at-bats vs. Norris.

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