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Monday’s Red Sox-A’s matchups: Felix Doubront vs. A.J. Griffin

04.22.13 at 11:25 am ET
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Felix Doubront will look to steer the Red Sox back in the right direction as he takes the mound against the A’s at Fenway Park on Monday night. A.J. Griffin will start for Oakland.

The Sox dropped both games of Sunday’s doubleheader to the Royals, although starting pitching wasn’t the main issue, especially in the second game, in which Allen Webster made his first major league start.

Still, Doubront may need to keep the A’s close for a Sox offense with some slumping hitters to get the job done. So far this season he hasn’t pitched badly, with 13 strikeouts to go with four walks in his first 10 innings. But he hasn’t been as efficient as he could be, throwing 90 pitches in five innings in his first start and 104 through five in his second.

Doubront had a rough time against the A’s last year, although the good news for him is that many of the Oakland players he faced in those games are gone from the roster. He lasted just four innings in his first start against them and three in his second, and gave up 10 runs on 12 hits in those seven innings.

So far, Griffin has lived up to the good impression he made with the A’s in his rookie campaign last year. He has a 2.25 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP through his first three starts, and he’s struck out 13 over 20 innings.

Griffin’s walks are up somewhat — he had 19 in 82 1/3 innings last year and already has seven this year — but all that means is he’s started out close to the league average in walk rate after staying well below it last year.

The Sox faced Griffin twice last season and hit .152/.188/.239 against him as a team. Over 13 innings in those two starts, he struck out eight, walked two and gave up three runs on seven hits.

David Ortiz was a bright spot for the Sox against Griffin, homering once and walking once in his three appearances.

Current A’s have seen even less of Doubront, partly since he didn’t last long in either of his starts last year and partly because many of them weren’t in the lineup for his outings. Coco Crisp hit a solo homer in one of his two appearances against him. Oakland will be without slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who is recovering from a strained muscle in his left hand.

A’s vs. Doubront (LHP)

Josh Reddick (4 plate appearances): .000/.250/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

John Jaso (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI

Coco Crisp (2): 1.000/1.000/2.500, 1 home run, 1 RBI

Derek Norris (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Josh Donaldson, Nate Freiman, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Moss, Andy Parrino, Seth Smith, Eric Sogard, Michael Taylor and Chris Young have never faced Doubront.

Red Sox vs. Griffin (RHP)

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Mike Napoli (4): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

David Ortiz (3): .500/.667/2.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 RBI

Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava have never reached base against Griffin in three PAs each, and neither has Pedro Ciriaco in his two PAs. Mike Carp, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Will Middlebrooks, David Ross and Shane Victorino have never faced Griffin.

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