Wednesday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Drew Hutchison

May 21, 2014 - 7:36 am
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The Red Sox look to end their five-game losing streak when they continue their three-game series against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against Drew Hutchison. Buchholz (2-3, 6.17 ERA) tries to get back in the win column for the first time since May 2 in his eighth start of the season Wednesday. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in just 16 2/3 innings in his last three starts, including a no-decision in his most recent outing last Wednesday in Minnesota. Buchholz gave up three runs on 10 hits over six innings with three walks and six strikeouts for a quality start in a 4-3 Sox loss to the Twins in extra innings. It was the second straight game in which Buchholz allowed at least 10 hits and the third time this season. "It was all right," Buchholz said after the game. "It wasn't the best stuff I've had all year, but I felt like it was good enough. They hit some good pitches that got through the infield. I've been battling that for a couple of starts now. Just have to build off of it." Buchholz picked up his first win of the season in his lone start of 2014 in Toronto on April 26. He gave up three runs in the first inning but followed that up with six scoreless innings in a 7-6 Red Sox win, allowing six hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Buchholz is 10-5 with a 2.52 ERA in 19 career starts against the Blue Jays. His last loss against Toronto came on Sept. 21, 2013, when he gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits, two walks and two strikeouts over six innings in a 4-2 Red Sox letdown at Fenway. Buchholz has especially struggled against Blue Jays sluggers Adam Lind and Jose Bautista, whom he's faced a combined 86 times. Lind is hitting .326 against the righty with 14 hits, two home runs and five RBIs, while Bautista is hitting .314 against Buchholz with 11 hits and three RBIs. Hutchison (2-3, 3.64 ERA) will make his first appearance against the Red Sox in nearly two years. The 23-year-old made 11 starts as a rookie in 2012 before his season was cut short by Tommy John surgery. He made 10 appearances in the minor leagues late last season before a full return to the big leagues in 2014, and finally appears to be at full form. Hutchison is coming off his best start of the season -- and arguably the best outing of his young career -- last week when he outdueled Rangers ace Yu Darvish with a complete-game shutout. He allowed just three hits and a walk with six strikeouts while throwing 105 pitches over nine innings to lead the Jays to a 2-0 win. "I was grinding a little bit," Hutchison said after the game. "I had good command, but my secondary stuff took me a little bit to get to. I was able to make that adjustment and make better pitches with the changeup and slider." "I've been watching him pitch from the first day of spring training," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "When he's on, he can be as tough as anybody." Hutchison has just one career start against the Red Sox, which came on June 3, 2012, in a 5-1 Blue Jays win, but has only faced two current Red Sox hitters, as David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each have three career plate appearances against the righty. Blue Jays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Adam Lind (46 plate appearances): .326 AVG/ .348 OBP/.535 SLG, 2 HR, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts Jose Bautista (40): .314/.375/.429, 1 HR, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 4 walks, 10 strikeouts Edwin Encarnacion (26): .048/.231/.048, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts Brett Lawrie (24): .136/.174/.136, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Melky Cabrera (20): .222/.300/.222, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Jose Reyes (13): .273/.385/.455, 1 triple, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Anthony Gose (9): .333/.333/.333 Dioner Navarro (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Juan Francisco (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Red Sox vs. Hutchison (RHP) Mike Napoli (3 plate appearances): .000/.667/.000, 2 walks David Ortiz (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

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