Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. David Phelps

August 03, 2014 - 6:51 am

The Red Sox will look to come away with a series win Sunday when they once again play host to the Yankees at Fenway Park. Boston will send Clay Buchholz to the mound against David Phelps in the final game of the three-game set. Buchholz (5-7, 5.87 ERA) is the lone wolf remaining in a decimated Red Sox rotation that has seen four of its five season-opening starters shipped off over a span of five days. "It is an opportunity for him to grow into being more of a leader. One of the greatest ways to do that is to go out and do your job first and foremost," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "Clay has shown since the DL stint that he can do that. He also does provide a lot of experience -- especially against teams in this division. He can lend first-hand experience to some of the younger guys. I think he'll relish that role." Buchholz has done little to build off an impressive three-hit shutout against the Astros on July 13, posting an ERA of 7.94 (16 runs in 17 innings) and a .903 OPS over his last three starts. Buchholz surrendered a season-high seven earned runs while walking four over five innings in his last start against the Blue Jays Monday en route to a disheartening 14-1 Red Sox loss.It was the fifth time this season that Buchholz has allowed at least five earned runs in a start. He only allowed more than three earned runs in a start once in 2013. In his five starts after coming off the disabled list June 25, Buchholz walked just one batter. However, Buchholz has walked eight batters over his last 11 innings. "No, mechanics were fine," Buchholz said after the game. "Just missed some pitches." Buchholz'€™s last appearance against New York was on April 10, when he allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings of work. In 13 career starts against the Yankees, Buchholz is 5-6 with a 5.12 ERA. Phelps (5-5, 3.89 ERA) is coming off of a strong month, as the former reliever compiled a 2.97 ERA in five July starts with a 1.19 WHIP and a 21:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander took his first loss in nine starts in his last outing Monday, allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts over six innings against the Rangers. Phelps, who had not allowed more than two runs in a start from June 30 through July 23, allowed all four runs in the bottom of the fifth. "He had that one inning and just couldn't get the third out. He pitched a pretty good game," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Phelps'€™ latest outing against the Red Sox was on April 23, as the righty allowed two runs (none earned) in two innings of relief. In 10 career appearances (three starts) against Boston, Phelps is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Yankees vs. Buchholz (RHP) Derek Jeter (30 plate appearances): .308/.400/.346, 1 double, 3 strikeouts Mark Teixeira (22): .190/.227/.476, 2 home runs, 7 strikeouts Brett Gardner (21): .150/.150/.150, 3 singles, 5 strikeouts Ichiro Suzuki (15): .214/.267/.214, 3 singles, 1 strikeout Francisco Cervelli (6): .500/.500/.500, 3 singles, 3 RBIs Brendan Ryan has one walk and one strikeout in five plate appearances against Buchholz. Carlos Beltran has one single in three plate appearances against Buchholz. Stephen Drew has one single in three plate appearances against Buchholz. Jacoby Ellsbury has one single and one RBI in three plate appearances against Buchholz. Brain McCann (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single, 1 RBI Red Sox vs. Phelps (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (17): .353/.353/.529, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs Daniel Nava (8): .000/.375/.000, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Mike Napoli (7): .429/.429/1.571, 2 doubles, 1 home run Yoenis Cespedes has two strikeouts in six plate appearances against Phelps. David Ortiz (5): .667/.800/.667, 2 singles, 2 walks Allen Craig (3): .333/.333/1.333,   1 home run, 2 RBIs Xander Bogaerts (2): .000/.000/.000 Will Middlebrooks has one single and one walk in two plate appearances against Phelps. Jackie Bradley Jr. has one strikeout in one plate appearance against Phelps. Brock Holt has one walk in one plate appearance against Phelps.