Wade Miley

Sunday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Wade Miley vs. Bud Norris

April 26, 2015 - 7:16 am

In the last game of the Red Sox' second series with the Orioles in less than a week, Boston has a chance to rebound from an extra-innings loss on Saturday when Wade Miley and Bud Norris get the start for their respective clubs Sunday. Miley escaped his last start Tuesday against the Rays with a win after tossing 5 2/3 innings of three-hit baseball in which he did not give up a single run. A combined effort with the bullpen, specifically Alexi Ogando (1 IP), Robbie Ross Jr. (1/3 IP), Junichi Tazawa (1 IP) and Koji Uehara (1 IP), kept Tampa Bay off the board. The Rays staff would have held Boston scoreless too were it not for an unearned run the Sox gained after an error from second baseman Ryan Brett in the third inning. With Sox pitching holding down the fort, Boston was able to squeak out a 1-0 win. "As we've expected, [Miley] was down in the zone pretty consistently throughout the time on the mound," said manager John Farrell. "I think his two-seamer and changeup was good against nine right-handed hitters." The unblemished start lowered his season ERA from 10.57 down to 6.08. Miley hasn't seen the Orioles all that much, having started just one game against them before, a 103-pitch, no-decision outing on Aug. 12, 2013. In seven innings against Baltimore, the lefty gave up seven hits, four runs, a homer and a walk, and recorded three strikeouts. While Miley recovered from his shaky second start on Tuesday, Norris has been unable to do so. Lasting just three innings on April 10 against the Blue Jays, Norris exited his first start of the season with an ERA of 24.00 after allowing eight runs on seven hits. His April 15 start against the Yankees was an improvement, as he allowed three runs on five hits in as many innings, but Tuesday's start in Toronto saw him surrender nine runs on six hits, managing just 2 1/3 innings. Norris has five starts against the Red Sox to his name and a 1-2 record to go along with them. Holding Boston to a .216 batting average, Norris has a 3.41 ERA and has given up 25 hits in 31 2/3 innings pitched. His 1.263 WHIP against the Sox is his fifth best among teams he's started at least five games against, and his 10.2 strikeouts per nine against them is his third best among individual team splits. In 2014, Norris had two starts against the Red Sox for 14 1/3 innings. In that time, he posted an ERA of 2.51 and a record of 1-1, giving up four runs and preventing the Sox from hitting any better than at a .163 clip. Orioles vs. Miley (LHP) Everth Cabrera (21 plate appearances): .476 AVG/.476 OBP/.762 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 6 strikeouts Steve Pearce (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout Chris Davis (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Adam Jones (3): .000/.000/.000 Manny Machado (3): .333/.333/.333 Alejandro De Aza (2): .000/.000/.000 Red Sox vs. Norris (RHP) Allen Craig (21 plate appearances): .400 AVG/.429 OBP/.750 SLG, 1 double, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (15): .222/.533/.444, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 6 walks, 2 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (14): .250/.357/.250, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (13): .200/.385/.300, 1 double, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Mike Napoli (12): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI, 7 strikeouts David Ortiz (12): .250/.250/.500, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (12): .500/.500/.833, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Daniel Nava (9): .375/.444/.625, 2 doubles, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Brock Holt (7): .333/.429/.667, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout