Henry Owens

Tuesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Henry Owens vs. R.A. Dickey

September 08, 2015 - 4:20 am
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For the middle game of a three-game series at Fenway, 23-year-old Red Sox rookie Henry Owens will take on 40-year-old Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Owens (2-2, 5.87 ERA) began this year in Pawtucket. He was called up Aug. 4 when Rick Porcello was placed on the DL, and remained in the rotation after Porcello returned. Owens has made six starts, and four of them were promising -- three runs or less. However, he struggled in his most recent outing, lasting just 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees and allowing seven runs (all earned) on six hits -- including two home runs -- and two walks in last Wednesday's 13-8 loss. Owens retired the first four Yankees but then allowed eight straight to reach base. "It wasn't his best day. We all know that," Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said. "He started off really strong and it happened pretty quick when they jumped on him." Owens was the victim of some rookie hazing on Sunday, as his teammates taped him to a pole in the dugout during their 6-2 victory over the Phillies. While one pitcher is just starting his career, the other is toward the end. Dickey (10-10, 4.09 ERA) has been in the league for 13 seasons, and the knuckleballer still has things working for him. Although he has not replicated his 2012 National League Cy Young-winning season since joining Toronto in 2013, Dickey has been on a roll of late, going almost two full months without a loss. In 10 starts since the All-Star break, Dickey is 7-0 with a 2.78 ERA. He's the first Jays pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1998 to begin the second half with seven straight wins. What's worked is the bats have exploded when I pitch," Dickey said. "That's always nice, to pitch with a lead." Dickey, 38-36 in three seasons with the Jays after being trade by the Mets, won his last start last Wednesday, a complete game against the Indians. In the 5-1 win, he allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts. "Dickey was so good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He just threw a lot of strikes. First time through you saw him show the fastball and then go to the knuckleball. Once he got it rolling, man. For a ball to move that much and for him to command it that well, it was really impressive." Asked after the win to compare his post-All-Star break stuff to his 2012 Cy Young season, Dickey said: "Tonight was kind of a flashback to that, and I'm hoping for more of that. Mechanically I've really been grinding it out here in Toronto, and I haven't been as consistent as I would have hoped when I came over. But I think the hope is, it's in there, that year is in there and if it can peek its head out, the more and more confidence I get." Blue Jays vs. Owens (LHP) No Blue Jays have faced Owens. Red Sox vs. Dickey (RHP) David Ortiz (32 plate appearances): .321 AVG/.406 OBP/.714 SLG, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (38): .216/.237/.297, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Pablo Sandoval (25): .280/.280/.560, 4 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (23): .391/.391/.522, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. (19): .118/.211/.294, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Mookie Betts (18): .353/.389/.647, 1 double, 2 triples, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Brock Holt (16): .214/.313/.214, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (9): .375/.375/.500, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Sandy Leon (8): .250/.250/.250, 1 strikeout Allen Craig (7): .000/.286/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Rusney Castillo is 0-for-3 against Dickey. No other Red Sox have faced Dickey.