Tuesday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Brandon Workman vs. John Danks

July 08, 2014 - 9:20 am
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The Red Sox continue their four-game set against the White Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday, sending Brandon Workman to the hill against John Danks. Workman (1-2, 4.17 ERA) turned in his worst start of the season Wednesday against the Cubs, surrendering five hits and six runs over four innings of work as Boston was defeated by a score of 16-9. "I just wasn't locating the fastball very well at all tonight," Workman said after the game. "My pitches were up high. I walked a couple of guys in the first inning. I left some balls up over the plate they hit well. I just wasn't sharp tonight." Since returning from a six-game suspension on June 27, Workman has not looked like the same pitcher who posted a 3.21 ERA through his first five starts of the season. Over his last two appearances, Workman has allowed 10 earned runs in 11 innings (8.18 ERA). Workman'€™s only appearance against Chicago came on Sept. 1, 2013, as the righty surrendered two hits and one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief and was credited with the win in Boston's 7-6 victory. Danks (7-6, 4.12 ERA) did just about everything except get the win Wednesday against the Angels, allowing just two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings while striking out 10. Despite reaching 107 pitches at the end of the seventh, Danks returned in the following inning and promptly allowed a home run to Josh Hamilton, knotting the game at 2. While Danks did not receive the win, the White Sox would walk off in the ninth with an RBI single from Leury Garcia, beating the Angels 3-2. "He had gone through that part of the lineup and done pretty well," White Sox manger Robin Ventura said after the game. "You take what you've seen tonight and put it out there. He felt strong, talking to him in between the seventh and eighth, he felt great. So it's not an easy part of the lineup to go through, but the way he was pitching tonight and previously how he had gone through that part of the lineup, you give him a shot at it. I felt that was the best way to go." The Chicago southpaw has bounced back from a poor 2013 campaign (4-14, 4.75 ERA), as Danks has already recorded 13 quality starts this season -- one more than all of last year. Danks was solid, if not erratic, in his last start against Boston on April 16, allowing just one earned run but walking four in six innings of work. In 10 career starts against Boston, Danks is 3-6 with a 4.97 ERA. White Sox vs. Workman (RHP) Alejandro De Aza has one walk in one plate appearance vs. Workman. Leury Garcia has one strikeout in one plate appearance vs. Workman. Paul Konerko (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 1 single, 1 RBI Alex Ramirez has one single in one plate appearance vs. Workman. Dayan Viciedo (1): .000/.000/.000 Red Sox vs. Danks (LHP) Mike Napoli (28): .222/.250/.259, 1 double, 13 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (23): .150/.227/.200, 1 double, 2 walks David Ortiz (20): .300/.300/.600, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs Jonny Gomes (14): .231/.286/.538, 1 home run, 5 strikeouts Xander Bogarts (6): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 3 singles, 2 RBIs Stephen Drew (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava has one strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Danks. A.J. Pierzynski (3): .000/.000/.000 David Ross has a double and a single in three plate appearances vs. Danks. Jackie Bradley has one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Danks.