|Sunday’s Red Sox-Royals matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Will Smith||08.26.12 at 8:09 am ET|
When the Red Sox play the third game of their four-game series with the Royals on Sunday at Fenway Park, Felix Doubront will make his first start since Aug. 9, when he was placed on the 15-day DL with a right knee contusion.
Doubront’s season has been solid, though he’s been a beneficiary of great run support in his wins (8.8). Overall, he’s 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA, but his two starts in August have been abysmal as he’s allowed nine earned runs over 9 1/3 innings. He hasn’t registered a win since July 18.
In his last outing on Aug. 9, he allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians, giving him his sixth loss of the year.
The 24-year-old’s only appearance vs. the Royals in his career came on May 7 at Kauffman Stadium. He had a solid effort, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing only three earned runs on seven hits in an 11-5 Red Sox win. Only two Royals batters, Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon, have more than three at-bats against Doubront. They are 2-for-4 and 2-f0r-3, respectively.
Kansas City rookie Will Smith will make his 11th major league start opposite Doubront.
Smith’s season and MLB career began on May 23 in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees in which he allowed five runs in only 3 1/3 innings. The rookie hasn’t been able to find consistency in the majors, going 4-5 with a 5.40 ERA and recording only five quality starts. He also has only eclipsed the 100-pitch mark once this season. His best outing came against the Angels on July 24 when he allowed only one run in seven innings in a 4-1 win.
The 23-year-old only lasted 3 2/3 innings in his last start on Aug. 20 against the Rays. He allowed four runs on eight hits, throwing only 74 pitches in a 5-1 loss.
This will be both Smith’s first start against the Red Sox and his first start at Fenway Park.
Royals vs. Doubront (LHP)
Jarrod Dyson (4 plate appearances): .500 BA/.500 OBP/.500 SLG
Alex Gordon (4): .667/.750/.667, 1 RBI, 1 walk
Billy Butler (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk
Alcides Escobar (3): .333/.333/.333
Jeff Francoeur (3): .000/.333/.000
Eric Hosmer (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Mike Moustakas (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double
Brayan Pena (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI
Red Sox vs. Smith (LHP)
No current Red Sox batters have faced Smith.
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