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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Josh Johnson

04.05.13 at 9:45 am ET
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The Red Sox will make their first 2013 trip north of the border to take on the new-look Blue Jays on Friday night. It will be Felix Doubront taking on Josh Johnson in the series opener.

In his first full major league season Doubront went 11-10 and posted a 4.86 ERA. In 161 innings pitched, he allowed 162 hits, while also posting the most walks (71) and strikeouts (167). Last year vs. the Blue Jays, the left-hander was 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA. In his young career, Doubront has posted a 2-2 record with a 5.40 ERA vs. the Jays.

Doubront’s 2012 season debut on April 9 also was against the Blue Jays. In that start he went five innings, allowing four hits and two runs while collecting six strikeouts in the Red Sox’ 4-2 comeback win. On June 25, though, Doubront allowed five earned runs on a season-high 11 hits in a loss against the then John Farrell-led Jays.

This spring training, Doubront had five starts, going 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA. In 18 innings, he allowed 20 hits, walked six and struck out 22.

Johnson will not only be making his Blue Jays regular-season debut, but also his American League debut. The oft-injured pitcher spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Marlins before being traded in November as part of a blockbuster deal.

In 2012, the two-time All-Star went just 8-14, although he posted a respectable 3.81 ERA. In 191 1/3 innings, he allowed 180 hits, walked 65 and had 165 strikeouts. In two career starts vs. the Red Sox, Johnson is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA. Last season, Johnson out-dueled Josh Beckett on June 11, hurling seven innings of one-run ball.

Johnson is coming off of a terrific spring training. He led the majors with a 5-0 record and finished with a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings of work. Batters only hit .164 off of him.

This new-look Blue Jays lineup has a lot of potential from top to bottom. Only four players  have had more than 10 plate appearances against Doubront, and of those, only Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion are hitting over .300. For the Red Sox, Shane Victorino is the only current player with a good sample size of at-bats vs. Johnson, dating back to his days with the Phillies.

Red Sox vs. Johnson (RHP)

Shane Victorino (40 plate appearances): .316 BA/.350 OBP/.368 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Jonny Gomes (8): .250/.250/.250, 3 strikeouts

David Ross (4): .333 BA/.500 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 walk

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .000/.000/.000

Jackie Bradley Jr., Mike Carp, Pedro Ciriaco, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava have never faced Johnson.

Blue Jays vs. Doubront (LHP)

Jose Bautista (12 plate appearances): .167/.167/.667, 2 home runs, 2 RBI, 1 strikeout

Edwin Encarnacion (12): .556/.583/1.000, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 double, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Colby Rasmus (11): .364/.364/1.000, 1 HR, 2 triples, 2 strikeouts

Rajai Davis (10): .100/.100/.100, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

J.P. Arencibia (8): .143/.250/.571, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Adam Lind (7): .000/.143/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Jose Reyes (6): .500/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Maicer Izturis has one walk in one plate appearance vs. Doubront.

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