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Monday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Wei-Yin Chen

04.08.13 at 8:28 am ET

Clay Buchholz will have the honor of pitching the Red Sox‘ first home game of 2013 Monday, facing the Orioles and Wei-Yin Chen at Fenway Park.

Buchholz looked strong in his first start of the year, going seven innings with four strikeouts, two walks, six hits and one run allowed. The Sox beat the Yankees 7-4 on the strength of his performance, in which he threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

In 14 starts, Buchholz has a 3.64 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP against the Orioles. He last saw them on Aug. 16, 2012, when he was hit hard at times — giving up doubles to Manny Machado, Nate McLouth and Adam Jones as well as a homer to Mark Reynolds — but also struck out seven over eight innings to earn a 6-3 Sox win.

In his first start this year, Chen got a no-decision as the Orioles lost to the Rays, 8-7. He allowed seven hits and two runs and struck out four over 5 2/3 innings, but the Baltimore bullpen gave up six runs after he left the game.

The 28-year-old from Taiwan became a regular part of the Orioles rotation last year, throwing 192 2/3 innings with a 4.02 ERA. He picked up a win in his last start against the Sox, on Aug. 14, 2012, when he gave up one run on nine hits over six innings and Baltimore won, 7-1.

In Chen’s short history against the Sox, he’s had trouble with Dustin Pedroia, who has a triple, a double and a .444 OBP against him in his nine PAs.

Buchholz generally has handled this set of Orioles well, although he’s given up a few homers to Baltimore’s power hitters, including one to Chris Davis, who’s opened the season on a tear. Davis has four homers, three doubles and 17 RBIs with a .455 average through six games.

Orioles vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Nick Markakis (38 plate appearances): .129 BA/.289 OBP/.129 SLG, 2 RBI, 6 walks, 4 strikeouts

Adam Jones (28): .238/.296/.524, 1 home run, 8 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Matt Wieters (28): .240/.321/.320, 1 RBI, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Chris Davis (15): .214/.267/.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

J.J. Hardy (14): .462/.500/.923, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Alexi Casilla (6): .600/.667/.600 1 RBI, 1 walk

Ryan Flaherty (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 strikeout

Taylor Teagarden (5): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Nate McLouth (4): .250/.250/.500, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Manny Machado (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 walk

Nolan Reimold has no hits in three PAs against Buchholz. Yamaico Navarro and Steve Pearce have never faced Buchholz.

Red Sox vs. Chen (LHP)

Dustin Pedroia (9): .375/.444/.750, 1 RBI, 1 triple, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jonny Gomes (6): .250/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Will Middlebrooks (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Jacoby Ellsbury (4): .500/.500/.500, 2 singles

Pedro Ciriaco (3): .500/.500/1.000, 1 double

David Ross (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single

Jackie Bradley, Mike Carp, Jose Iglesias, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino have never faced Chen.

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