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Saturday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. Jerome Williams

07.06.13 at 9:16 am ET
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When Ryan Dempster takes to the mound against the Angels at Angel Stadium on Saturday night, there may be one batter he will be particularly wary of, given past performance: Albert Pujols.

The Los Angeles designated hitter has gotten the best of his former NL Central foe, collecting 13 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs while walking (13) far more frequently than he has struck out (two) in 60 at-bats.

The right-handed Dempster (5-8, 4.11 ERA), however, has had much momentum of late. He had thrown six consecutive quality starts before his last outing, when he gave up two earned runs in 5 1/3 frames, scattering seven hits (all singles) and three walks while striking out a pair in a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays (he was in line for the win until the Jays tied it in the ninth). It was also the first time since May 23 he didn’€™t give up a home run.

John Farrell commended Dempster’€™s outing on what was a blazing Sunday afternoon.

‘€œOn a day like today, it was smoking hot out there, and Dempster gave us everything he had,’€ Farrell said. ‘€œI thought Ryan did a very good job of minimizing the damage and keeping it only to two outs.’€

Overall, Dempster has been exactly what the Red Sox signed him to be: an innings-eater. He is at 100 2/3 innings at just past the halfway point of the season, while posting a 1.38 WHIP and holding opposing batters to a .240 average.

As much of a given as Dempster seems to be, Angels right-hander Jerome Williams (5-4) is more of a question mark, having bounced between the rotation and bullpen throughout 2013. He has totaled a 3.89 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 21 games, 10 of them starts.

On Wednesday, Williams was rocked by the Cardinals, giving up seven earned runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. He threw only 55 pitches, however, so with righty Tommy Hanson on the DL with right forearm tightness, Mike Scioscia will turn to the 31-year-old journeyman.

Williams threw three innings against the Sox on June 8 in the second half of a doubleheader. He gave up three runs on five hits, including a David Ortiz two-run home run, in the 7-2 Boston win.

Red Sox vs. Williams (RHP)

Mike Napoli (16 plate appearances): .429 BA/.500 OBP/1.071 SLG, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Mike Carp (13): .300/.462/.500, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

David Ortiz (5): .600/.600/1.800, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs

Jonny Gomes has not gotten on base in three plate appearances vs. Williams

Stephen Drew (2): .500/.500/.500

Jose Iglesias has two singles in two plate appearances vs. Williams

Dustin Pedroia (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI

Shane Victorino (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Daniel Nava stuck out in his only plate appearance vs. Williams

Brandon Snyder made on out in his only plate appearance vs. Williams

Angels vs. Dempster (RHP)

Albert Pujols (76 plate appearances): .350/.461/.833, 5 doubles, 8 home runs, 17 RBIs, 13 walks, 2 strikeouts

Chris Iannetta (16): .154/.313/.385, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Mike Trout (12): .400/.500/1.100, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Alberto Callaspo (11): .250/.455/.625, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Howie Kendrick (11): .222/.364/.222, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Mark Trumbo (11): .500/.545/1.000, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Erick Aybar (8): .250/.250/.250, 2 strikeouts

Brad Hawpe (7): .400/.571/.400, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Josh Hamilton (5): .200/.200/.200, 2 strikeouts

J.B .Shuck (5): .400/.400/.800, 2 doubles

Hank Conger, Collin Cowgill and Brendan Harris have never faced Dempster.

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