Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: John Lackey vs. Michael Pineda

April 23, 2014 - 5:54 am
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The Red Sox will host the Yankees for the middle game of a three-game series Wednesday evening as John Lackey gets the nod against Michael Pineda. When he takes to the mound on Wednesday, Lackey will look to break a recent streak in which he has given up six earned runs and picked up the loss in each of his last two appearances. Lackey'€™s last outing on Friday started out rough as he gave up a leadoff double to Baltimore'€™s Nick Markakis. Despite a replay that appeared to show the ball landing outside the line, the call on the field was upheld, and the Red Sox were down 1-0 by the end of the inning. The right-hander ultimately gave up six runs on 10 hits, four walks and six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in what became an 8-4 loss to the Orioles. "I thought he had good stuff tonight," said Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game (via MLB.com). "He managed their lineup with a couple of walks that were instead of giving in. They had a number of ground balls that found some holes; bunched some hits together. Doesn't get a break in that first inning, on the double, then the infield base hit by [Adam] Jones. The [two runs in the fifth] inning, that was a little bit too much at that point to overcome." Lackey'€™s other six-run outing was against the Yankees on April 12. Lackey gave up 10 hits, four of which were home runs, in 5 2/3 innings. Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano each had one homer against Lackey while Brian McCann went yard twice during the game. The 35-year-old has gone a career 10-11 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP in 28 starts against New York. Unlike Lackey, Pineda comes into the matchup having given up no more than one earned run in any of his starts this season. In his most recent outing, a tilt against the Cubs on April 16, Pineda gave up four hits and one walk with three strikeouts over six shutout innings on the mound. Pineda created controversy in his last outing against the Red Sox, a 4-1 Yankees win on April 10, as he apparently had pine tar on his hand and arm. The 25-year-old gave up just one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts during the appearance. The one run came off of a solo shot by Daniel Nava during the seventh inning. Before the 2014 season, Pineda only had one appearance against the Red Sox -- a 4 1/3-inning loss in which he gave up seven runs on eight hits. Yankees vs. Lackey (RHP) Ichiro Suzuki (120 plate appearances): .292 AVG/.333 OBP/.372 SLG, 6 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 6 walks, 16 strikeouts Derek Jeter (79): .294/.377/.426, 6 doubles, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 walks, 18 strikeouts Mark Teixeira (78): .313/.410/.448, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 13 RBIs, 10 walks, 12 strikeouts Brian Roberts (48): .267/.313/.311, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 6 strikes Alfonso Soriano (45): .195/.267/.293, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts Brett Gardner (37): .324/.378/.471, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Kelly Johnson (18): .222/.222/.222, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Carlos Beltran (15): .167/.267/.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (13): .308/.308/.308, 3 strikeouts Brian McCann (3): .667/.667/2.667, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout Yangervis Solarte (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout J.R. Murphy and Dean Anna are hitless in one and two at-bats, respectively, vs. Lackey. Red Sox vs. Pineda (RHP) Mike Napoli (6): .000/.333/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Dustin Pedroia is hitless in six at-bats vs. Pineda. David Ortiz (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double, 1 strikeout A.J. Pierzynski (5): .200/.200/.400, 1 double, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (3): .667/.667/.667, 1 strikeout Daniel Nava (3): .333/.333/1.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Grady Sizemore is hitless in three at-bats vs. Pineda. Jackie Bradley Jr., has one walk and one strikeout in two plate appearances vs. Pineda. Jonathan Herrera has two strikeouts in two at-bats vs. Pineda.

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