Saturday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Allen Webster vs. Shane Greene

August 02, 2014 - 4:48 am
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The Red Sox continue their three-game series with the Yankees at Fenway Park on Saturday when they send Allen Webster to the mound against Shane Greene in a battle between young, unproven pitchers.

Webster (1-0, 3.38 ERA) was called up to start last Saturday after Jake Peavy was traded to the Giants, and had an effective season debut. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings to earn a 3-2 win over the Rays. Webster, however, did have some command issues. He walked five while striking out four, throwing just 42 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

"My body felt really good," Webster after the game. "My command wasn't as there as I wanted it to be, but I made the pitches when I needed."

Saturday will be the 24-year-old's first career start against the Yankees. His lone appearance against New York came in one inning of relief on Sept. 15, 2013. Webster allowed one run on a hit and a walk in a 9-2 Red Sox win.

Greene (2-1, 3.28 ERA) has been a nice surprise for a paper-thin Yankees rotation. The 25-year-old has allowed nine runs over 24 1/3 innings in four starts and has been consistently reliable.

While Greene hasn't had any significant drop-off, he has regressed some in his last two starts, allowing three or more runs on each occasion and failing to make it out of the sixth inning. The righty made the shortest start of his major league career in his outing last Sunday. He went just 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, two walks and two strikeouts in a 5-4 Yankees loss.

"I felt pretty good," Greene said after the game. "I made some good pitches. I've just got to be better later in the game."

Greene's only appearance against the Red Sox came in a forgettable season debut on April 24. He gave up three unearned runs on no hits, three walks and a strikeout in 1/3 inning. He threw just 22 pitches before being lifted.

Yankees vs. Webster (RHP)

Chase Headley (3 plate appearances): .000 AVG/.333 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Brian Roberts walked in one of his two plate appearances.

Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI single in his lone plate appearance.

Brendan Ryan is hitless in one plate appearance.

Red Sox vs. Greene (RHP)

Jackie Bradley and Mike Napoli both walked in their lone plate appearances.

Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino were both hitless in their lone plate appearances.

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