Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays matchups: Felix Doubront vs. David Price

July 24, 2013 - 8:01 am
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It will be a battle of lefties at Fenway Park on Wednesday when the Red Sox send Felix Doubront to the mound to take on David Price of the Rays. Doubront (7-3, 3.76 ERA) has been among the best Red Sox starters of late and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts. The 25-year-old has a 1.83 ERA with 30 strikeouts over that span, and has held opposing hitters to a .181 batting average. His last start was a continuation of his latest hot streak, as he only allowed one run on three hits while striking out five through 6 1/3 innings in a victory over the Yankees. With the win, Doubront is 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA at home this season. '€œAs we'€™ve seen over the last 11 times he'€™s gone to the mound for us, he'€™s working six or seven innings each time out. Low runs. And then probably the last five or six of those starts, he'€™s come out and gotten into the rhythm of the game much earlier than maybe the first month and a half of the season,'€ Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. '€œGave us an opportunity to win. Kept the game in check. Another very solid effort on his part.'€ Doubront has done well against the Rays in his career, as he is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in six starts. He has done particularly well against Ben Zobrist, striking him out five times while holding him to a .188 batting average in 19 appearances. Price (4-5, 4.03 ERA) has heated up in July after missing June with a triceps injury. In four starts, Price is 3-1 and has a 1.97 ERA with 23 strikeouts. The former first overall pick pitched back-to-back complete games on July 7 and 12, but he has yet to throw more than 100 pitches in an outing this month. Price'€™s last start was his worst outing since returning from the injury, as he allowed four runs and seven hits through seven innings. Price allowed three homers in the outing, which is the first time he has done that since July 15, 2011, in Boston. The 2013 Red Sox have struggled against left-handed pitching '€” something that was clear in Matt Moore'€™s two-hit shutout Monday night. Boston is batting .252/.329/.392 against lefties. Price is 0-1 in two starts against the Red Sox this season, though, with a 5.40 ERA. Rays vs. Doubront (LHP) Ben Zobrist (19 plate appearances): .188 BA/.316 OBP/.188 SLG, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Yunel Escobar (17): .267/.353/.267, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Evan Longoria (16): .273/.438/.455, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout Kelly Johnson (15): .308/.400/.308, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Sean Rodriguez (15): .214/.267/.357, 1 triple, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Desmond Jennings (13): .273/.385/.364, 1 double, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Luke Scott (13): .273/.385/.818, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts James Loney (6): .200/.333/.200, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Matthew Joyce (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Jose Lobaton (4): .000/.000/.000, 3 strikeouts Wil Myers (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Jose Molina (1): 1.000 OBP, 1 walk Sam Fuld has not faced Doubront. Red Sox vs. Price (LHP) Dustin Pedroia (41 plate appearances): .343 BA/.439 OBP/.543 SLG, 1 home run, 4 doubles, 3 RBIs, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts David Ortiz (32): .222/.344/.296, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (28): .269/.321/.577, 1 home run, 1 triple, 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Mike Napoli (19): .222/.263/.222, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts Daniel Nava (19): .056/.105/.056, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (12): .273/.333/.364, 1 double, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (11): .111/.273/.222, 1 double, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Shane Victorino (11): .222/.364/.222, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Ryan Lavarnway (7): .286/.286/.429, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Jose Iglesias (6): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts Brandon Snyder (4): .250/.250/.250 Stephen Drew (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Mike Carp has not faced Price.

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