Tuesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Marcus Stroman

July 29, 2014 - 4:36 am
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The Red Sox will look to bounce back from Monday's disheartening 14-1 loss when they take on the Blue Jays in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday at Fenway Park. Rubby De La Rosa will get the nod for Boston, facing off against fellow youngster Marcus Stroman. De La Rosa (3-3, 3.54 ERA) has seen his season marked by one deciding variable: location. It is not a matter of the 25-year-old pitcher finding his command with his pitches, but rather where he is playing. De La Rosa has looked like two different pitchers when taking the hill at Fenway Park or away from it this season. At home, De La Rosa has pitched like an ace, compiling a 3-0 record with a 1.38 ERA. On the road, De La Rosa is 0-3 with a 6.04 ERA. De La Rosa's last start Thursday against the Blue Jays -- at Rogers Centre -- was his worst outing of the season, as the righty allowed nine hits and seven runs (six earned) over just four innings of work. "Clearly, he feels comfortable on the mound at Fenway and is able to channel the emotion and adrenaline inside Fenway Park," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "We've got to do something to try and even out the splits as they stand." In three career games (one start) against the Blue Jays, De La Rosa is 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA. Stroman (6-2, 3.21 ERA) may be the youngest member of Toronto's starting rotation, but he certainly hasn't shown any rookie nerves on the mound this season. Stroman is 6-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 10 starts this year, leading his club in WHIP (1.10) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.93). Stroman turned in his best start of the season Thursday against the Red Sox, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning en route to an 8-0 Blue Jays victory. Stroman, who only allowed one hit and no earned runs in his outing, has not allowed a run in 14 straight innings. "[Stroman's] pitching like a veteran who has been around a long time," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "He has the great arm, he has the pitches and all that, but the big thing about him is that he is a great competitor." Tuesday will be Stroman's second career appearance against the Red Sox. Blue Jays vs. De La Rosa (RHP) Jose Bautista has one single in four plate appearances against De La Rosa. Melky Cabrera (3 plate appearances): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI Dan Johnson has one single in three plate appearances against De La Rosa. Dioner Navarro has two singles and one walk in three plate appearances against De La Rosa. Jose Reyes has one single in three plate appearances against De La Rosa. Juan Francisco (2): 1.000/1.000/3.500, 1 triple, 1 home run Ryan Goins has one double and one RBI in two plate appearances against De La Rosa. Anthony Gose (2): .000/.000/.000 Munenori Kawasaki has one strikeout in two plate appearances against De La Rosa. Red Sox vs. Stroman (RHP) Brock Holt has three strikeouts in three plate appearances against Stroman. Mike Napoli has one strikeout in three plate appearances against Stroman. David Ortiz has one strikeout in three plate appearances against Stroman. Shane Victorino has one single in three plate appearances against Stroman. Xander Bogaerts has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Stroman. Jackie Bradley has one walk in two plate appearances against Stroman. Stephen Drew has one strikeout in two plate appearances against Stroman. Daniel Nava (2): .000/.000/.000 Christian Vazquez (2): .000/.000/.000

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