Sunday’s Red Sox-Diamondbacks matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Brandon McCarthy

August 04, 2013 - 4:16 am
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When lefty Felix Doubront takes to the Fenway Park mound Sunday afternoon, he'€™ll have to do something he hasn'€™t done in more than a year: face a National League team. To wrap up the three-game weekend set, the Diamondbacks will counter with right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Doubront will seek to start another version of the streak he saw come to an end his last time out: consecutive quality starts. In an eventual 2-1 loss to the Rays on Monday, he went five innings and gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks, throwing just 57 of his 104 pitches for strikes. It brought an end to a run of five quality starts in a row, but the biggest story was when home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Daniel Nava out at the plate in a game-changing call in the bottom of the eighth. Doubront never settled down in his five innings of work, and manager John Farrell acknowledged as much after the game. '€œFelix seemingly never got into a rhythm,'€ Farrell said. '€œSomehow he found a way to keep single runs on the board, with the number of baserunners they were able to put on, and just kind of a struggle for Felix right out of the gate.'€ On the season, Doubront is 7-5 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He strikes out 8.23 batters per nine innings, while fanning more than twice as many batters as he walks. Doubront'€™s ERA since May 21 is 2.71, his WHIP 1.22. McCarthy, meanwhile, the Twitter funny-man known in part for a scary injury last season when he took a line drive off the head, has had a rough time in his first season in the senior circuit after signing with the Diamondbacks in December. Sunday will be his first start since May 30 due to right shoulder inflammation that has kept him on the DL. Also, in June, he also suffered a seizure related to that September 2012 head injury. Before getting hurt, McCarthy was 2-5 with a 5.00 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and .310 batting average against. Those numbers were inflated in part due to a 2 2/3-inning, six-run outing right before he went on the DL. Diamondbacks vs. Doubront (LHP) Aaron Hill (2 plate appearances): .500 BA/.500 OBP/.500 SLG Cliff Pennington (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI Eric Chavez singled in his only plate appearances vs. Doubront. No other Diamondbacks have faced Doubront. Red Sox vs. McCarthy (RHP) Mike Napoli (16 plate appearances): .188 BA/.188 OBP/.188 SLG, 7 strikeouts David Ortiz (15): .308/.400/.615, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks Mike Carp (13): .231/.231/.231, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (12): .333/.333/.417, 1 double, 4 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (8): .286/.375/.286, 1 walk Jonny Gomes (6): .167/.167/.167 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6): .333/.333/.833, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

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