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Sunday's Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Steven Wright vs. James Paxton

May 17, 2015 - 4:19 am
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The Red Sox conclude a 10-game road trip and four-game set in Seattle with a matchup against the Mariners on Sunday afternoon. The Sox will send Steven Wright to the hill for his first start of the season. Wright has made two appearances out of the bullpen in 2015, owning a 4.22 ERA and 1-0 record thus far. The knuckleballer has allowed five runs on 12 hits over a combined 10 2/3 innings pitched, while striking out five and walking six. Wright gets the call in place of Justin Masterson, whom the Red Sox placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis Thursday. Masterson allowed six runs and lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his last start as his ERA climbed to 6.37 on the year. Wright allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in relief of Masterson Tuesday, his most recent outing. After an up-and-down start to the year that included multiple trips to and from Triple-A Pawtucket, Wright now has his first opportunity of the season to get a start. "Well, even when we broke spring training, he was in consideration for a spot if needed," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Wright in advance of his start against the Mariners. "He's done nothing but continue to support that." Wright, 30, will be making his third career start, and only his 13th appearance overall. Back in 2013, Wright recorded his first two major league wins against these same Mariners. Both came in appearances as a relief pitcher, not as a starter. In those two previous appearances vs. the Mariners, Wright has not allowed a run across 8 2/3 innings pitched. He has struck out five and owns an impressive .923 WHIP against Seattle. While Wright has yet to start a game this year, he got the win and pitched five innings of relief in the marathon 19-inning game against the Yankees on April 10. In that game, Wright allowed two runs on six hits and a walk. Following the game, he was sent to Pawtucket to make room on the roster for Joe Kelly'€™s return. He was called up most recently last Sunday, swapping placed with Robbie Ross Jr. (who has since returned to the roster). Opposite Wright, Seattle will send left-hander James Paxton to the rubber. In seven starts this year, the 26-year-old Canadian has a 1-2 record and 4.31 ERA. His last time out, Paxton recorded his first win of the season against the Padres. He went six shutout innings, allowing three hits and five walks while striking out five. While only tallying the one win, Paxton has been solid over his past four starts. In those outings, he has allowed five earned runs over a combined 24 2/3 innings, good for a 1.82 ERA. He has struck out 23 and walked 13 over that span. In his short career (just 24 appearances under his belt), Paxton has never faced the Red Sox. Red Sox vs. Paxton (LHP) No current Red Sox batters have faced Paxton. Mariners vs. Wright (RHP) Kyle Seager (4 plate appearances): .250/.250/.250, 1 RBI Dustin Ackley is 0-for-3 in three plate appearances against Wright. Brad Miller is 0-for-1 with two walks in three plate appearances vs. Wright. Mike Zunino is 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Wright. Seth Smith is 0-for-2 against Wright. Nelson Cruz is 1-for-1 with a double and an RBI against Wright. No other Mariners batters have faced Wright.

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