Sunday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Jake Odorizzi

May 25, 2014 - 5:19 am

The Red Sox will close out their three-game set against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday afternoon and look to end their nine-game losing streak as Brandon Workman faces off against Jake Odorizzi. Workman (0-0, 1.42 ERA) will be activated on Sunday, taking the spot of Felix Doubront, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a left shoulder strain. "I feel like I've been throwing pretty well," Workman said. "€œMy numbers aren't the best right now, but I feel like I've been throwing the ball better than the numbers have shown and I feel pretty confident about it right now." Workman started off the season in the Boston bullpen, allowing just one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, before being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on April 9. In seven starts at the Triple-A level, Workman posted a 3-1 record with a 5.12 ERA. While his numbers in Pawtucket may not impress many, Workman has shown to be a solid pitcher at the major league level. In 56 2/3 career innings with the Red Sox, Workman has totaled a 3.81 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 19 walks. Workman pitched well in his last start against the Rays on July 22, 2013, surrendering just two earned runs over six innings of work while striking out four. In eight career innings against the Rays, Workman has allowed nine hits and four earned runs while posting a 4.50 ERA. Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98 ERA) picked up the loss in his last start against Oakland on Tuesday, giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old righty set a career high in both walks (five) and pitches (113) in his appearance. It was the fourth time this season that Odorizzi pitched less than five innings in an outing. Odorizzi likely could have pitched much deeper into the contest, but he was thrown off by a 40-pitch fourth inning, which included a 14-pitch at-bat by A'€™s catcher Derek Norris. "€œ[The fourth inning] felt like an eternity," Odorizzi said after the game. "€œNorris'€™ at-bat, that felt like it was never going to end, honestly. It was: Make a good pitch, he'€™d foul it off. Make a good pitch, foul it off. He'€™d lay off something close, not chase something." In one career start against the Red Sox, Odorizzi only allowed one earned run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings on June 18, 2013. Red Sox vs. Odorizzi (RHP)  Dustin Pedroia (3 plate appearances): .333/.333/.333, 1 single Shane Victorino has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Odorizzi. Jonny Gomes has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Odorizzi. David Ortiz has one single in two plate appearances vs. Odorizzi. Rays vs. Workman (RHP) Desmond Jennings (4): .333/.333/.333, 1 single, 1 strikeout James Loney (4): .667/.500/1.667, 1 home run, 3 RBI Evan Longoria (4): .500/.500/.750, 1 double, 1 RBI Yunel Escobar (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 single, 1 walk Matthew Joyce has two strikeouts in four plate appearances vs. Workman. Wil Myers is 0-for-1 against Workman.