Tuesday's Red Sox-Rays Game 2 matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Jake Odorizzi

June 18, 2013 - 1:21 pm
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Game 2 of Tuesday'€™s doubleheader between the Red Sox and Rays features two young starters, as Felix Doubront will take on Jake Odorizzi. Doubront (4-3, 4.91 ERA) has been consistently mediocre this season. The 25-year-old lefty has lasted at least five innings in 10 of his 12 starts and has allowed three or more runs seven times. His best start of the season came earlier in the month, when he allowed one run on six hits through six innings in a win over the Yankees. The Red Sox have lost the last two games Doubront has started, including his last game against the Orioles in which he only lasted 4 2/3 innings. While he only allowed three earned runs in the outing, Doubront had thrown 103 pitches and was struggling to get outs. '€œI threw a lot of good pitches,'€ Doubront said after the start. '€œThey took a lot of pitches, too.'€ The Rays power hitters have had some success against Doubront in their careers, as Evan Longoria has two doubles in 13 plate appearances and Luke Scott has two homers in 10 plate appearances. Odorizzi, who has made four career starts after making his major league debut Sept. 23, 2012, while with the Royals, has yet to get a decision in two starts this year. The 23-year-old righty is making his first start since May 27, as he pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief in his last outing on June 13. Odorizzi, a first-round draft pick of the Brewers in 2008, was traded to the Royals in December 2010 as part of the Zack Greinke deal, and he went from Kansas City to Tampa Bay along with highly regarded outfield prospect Wil Myers and two minor leaguers this past offseason in the trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals. Like Doubront, Odorizzi has struggled to pitch deep into games this year. He has only lasted a combined nine innings through his two starts this season, and has not yet lasted 100 pitches into a game. Odorizzi'€™s last start did not go well for him, as he allowed six runs on eight hits and one walk through four innings to the Marlins -- the worst offense in the major leagues. He hit two batters with pitches and allowed three extra base hits, including a home run. Rays vs. Doubront (LHP) Ben Zobrist (16 plate appearances): .231 BA/.375 OBP/.231 SLG, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Yunel Escobar (14): .333/.429/.333, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Kelly Johnson (13): .273/.385/.273, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Evan Longoria (13): .375/.538/.625, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 walks Sean Rodriguez (12): .273/.333/.455, 1 triple, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (10): .250/.400/.375, 1 double, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Luke Scott (10): .375/.500/1.125, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout James Loney (6): .200/.333/.200, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Matthew Joyce (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Jose Lobaton (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Jose Molina (1): 1.000 OBP, 1 walk Sam Fuld has not faced Doubront. Red Sox vs. Odorizzi (RHP) No Red Sox players have faced Odorizzi.