Brandon Workman

Saturday's Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Chris Young

August 23, 2014 - 5:52 am

The Red Sox continue their three-game series against the Mariners at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon when they send Brandon Workman to the mound against Chris Young.

After struggling in his last five starts, Workman (1-7, 4.26 ERA) had his turn in the rotation skipped last week before returning to the mound against the Angels Monday night. The added rest seemed to have paid off. The right-hander had his best start in two months, allowing just two runs on six hits over seven innings. Workman walked two and struck out five, but didn't get the necessary run support and took the decision in a 4-2 Red Sox loss.

"The added rest helped," manager John Farrell said after the game. "I thought his stuff ticked up in terms of action, crispness, velocity. He was down in the strike zone with more consistency. With the exception of a two-out walk in the third [and] a couple of base hits to follow, he more than did his job tonight."

Saturday will be Workman's third career appearance and second start against the Mariners. His latest appearance against Seattle came July 30, 2013, at Fenway Park. He held the Mariners to one run on six hits over six innings for his first major league win. Workman is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA against Seattle.

Young (12-6, 3.07 ERA) has been a notable reason why the Mariners have been so successful this season, especially as of late. The 35-year-old is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his last three starts, and hasn't lost a decision since July 13.

Young tossed his fourth shutout of the season in his most recent outing last Sunday at Detroit. The righty held the Tigers to four hits and one walk over six innings. Young has, however, had trouble pitching deep into games, a likely result of a history of arm trouble. He's pitched a combined 22 1/3 innings in his last four starts.

Young hasn't faced the Red Sox since June 23, 2007, when he tossed a seven-inning shutout at Fenway Park. Young is 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three career starts against the Sox.

Mariners vs. Workman (RHP)

Brad Miller (4 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.000 OBP/.000 SLG

Kendrys Morales (4): .750/.750/1.000, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Kyle Seager (4): .500/.500/.500

Dustin Ackley doubled in his lone plate appearance.

Robinson Cano and Austin Jackson are hitless in their lone plate appearances.

Red Sox vs. Chris Young (RHP)

Kelly Johnson (11 plate appearances): .182 AVG/.182 OBP/.182 SLG, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (8): .200/.500/.800, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Yoenis Cespedes .000/.143/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk