Tuesday's Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Wei-Yin Chen

August 27, 2013 - 8:23 am
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After wrapping up a successful 4-2 West Coast road trip, the Red Sox will return to Fenway Park to kick off a nine-game homestand, starting with a three-game series against the Orioles. Lefty Felix Doubront will get the call for the Red Sox in the opening game, while fellow southpaw Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod for Baltimore. After giving up seven runs in just four innings against the Yankees on Aug. 16, Doubront (9-6, 3.79 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) bounced back in his latest start with an impressive performance against the Giants on Wednesday. The Venezuela native cruised through eight innings against San Francisco, yielding only five hits and striking out three in what ended up being a 12-1 Boston win. Doubront gave up a run, a solo shot to Joaquin Arias, in the second inning, but then proceeded to retire 14 of the next 15 San Francisco batters. "I spent the last four days working on throwing the ball down in the zone," Doubront said after the game. "I was able to do that and go with my stuff. I was working fast to get the hitters to swing at my pitch." Despite his lackluster performance against the Yankees almost two weeks ago, Doubront has been one of the most reliable members of the Sox staff this season, as the lefty has allowed three runs or fewer in 17 of his last 18 starts. Doubront struggled in his only start against the Orioles this season, as he only lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven hits and four runs in what resulted in a 5-4 Boston loss on June 13. While Doubront has not been able to record a win against Baltimore in his career, the southpaw has nonetheless held his own against the Orioles to the tune of a 3.13 ERA in six career games (three starts). In 23 career innings against the O's, Doubront has struck out 32 batters and only given up eight runs. Chen has built off off a promising 2012 rookie season, in which the Taiwanese pitcher finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, as the 28-year-old lefty currently has the lowest ERA (3.19) on the Baltimore staff. Chen missed almost two months of the season after being placed on the DL on May 15 with an oblique strain, but has been very solid ever since his return on July 10, as he has gone at least six innings in every start since his activation from the DL and has only allowed more than three runs once in those eight starts. Chen has had success against the Red Sox in his career with a 2-1 record and a 2.96 ERA in four starts, but has had to navigate his way out of trouble in many of those starts, as Red Sox hitters have collected 26 hits in 24 innings and collectively have a .277 batting average against the lefty. Orioles vs. Doubront (LHP) Adam Jones (15 plate appearances): .143 BA/.200 OBP/.143 SLG, 2 singles, 6 strikeouts Chris Davis (14): .500/.571/.833, 6 hits, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Matt Wieters (14): .077/.143/.077, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 8 strikeouts J.J. Hardy (13): .000/.154/.000, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Nate McLouth (10): .111/.111/.222, 1 double, 3 strikeouts Manny Machado (9): .500/.556/.875, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 walk Nick Markakis (7): .571/.571/.571, 4 hits, 1 strikeout Danny Valencia (5): .500/.400/1.500, 1 double, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Steve Pearce (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk Ryan Flaherty (2): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double, 1 strikeout No other Orioles have faced Doubront. Red Sox vs. Chen (LHP) Dustin Pedroia (12 plate appearances): .400 BA/.500 OBP/.700 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple Will Middlebrooks (9): .333/.333/.444, 1 double, 3 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (8): .167/.375/.667, 1 home run, 2 walks Jacoby Ellsbury (7): .286/.286/.286, 2 singles David Ortiz (6): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts David Ross (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 single, 1 strikeout Mike Napoli (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double Daniel Nava (3): 1.000/1.000/2.500, 1 home run, 3 RBIs Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single Shane Victorino (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single No other Red Sox have faced Chen.

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