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Sunday’s Red Sox-Athletics matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Bartolo Colon

07.14.13 at 10:31 am ET
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Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

It will be a battle between youth and experience Sunday as the Red Sox will send rookie Brandon Workman to the mound to take on 40-year-old Bartolo Colon in Oakland.

Workman (0-0, 13.50 ERA), will be making his first start after making his major league debut Wednesday against the Mariners. His first inning against major league hitters did not go so well, as he allowed three doubles in the inning after the first batter he faced homered. However, he settled in nicely for his second inning, as he put the hitters down in order — striking two of them out.

“I was definitely excited they sent me back out for the second inning,” Workman told reporters after the game. “Obviously, giving up a home run to my first batter wasn’t ideal, but I feel like I did a good job of bouncing back and making some better pitches in the second inning, and obviously I had better results.

“That’s not the way I saw it going in my head. I made some pitches up over the plate and they hit them hard. That’s part of it. I sharpened up my second inning and it was better.”

Boston is Workman’s third stop this season, as he began it as a starter with Double-A Portland. He only went one game without striking out six or more batters while going 5-1 with a 3.41 ERA with the Sea Dogs. Workman’s success continued through his time with Triple-A Pawtucket, as he went 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 34 strikeouts through six starts.

Colon (12-3, 2.69 ERA) continues to defy his age, as he is still pitching effectively deep into games for the Athletics. In his last nine starts, Colon is 8-1 with a 1.36 ERA, and he has lasted seven innings or longer eight out of nine times — including a complete-game shutout over the White Sox on May 31.

Last start was no different for Colon, as he allowed one run on seven hits through seven innings in a win over the Pirates. One thing that made him so effective in the game was his ability to keep the ball in the strike zone, as he threw 72 percent of his pitches for strikes. That helped him strike out five batters, which is tied for his most in a game since May 26.

Colon has a lot of experience against David Ortiz, and has not had much trouble with him — holding him to a .130 batting average through 50 plate appearances. However, Jonny Gomes has crushed Colon in his career, as he is slugging .933 through 16 plate appearances against him.

Red Sox vs. Colon (RHP)

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

David Ortiz (50 plate appearances): .130 BA/.200 OBP/.217 SLG, 1 home run, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 4 walks, 15 strikeouts

Jonny Gomes (16): .400/.438/.933, 2 home runs, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (15): .267/.267/.533, 1 home run, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 5 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (14): .154/.214/.154, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jacoby Ellsbury (11): .222/.364/.333, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (11): .273/.273/.273, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Shane Victorino (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 walk

No other Red Sox have faced Colon.

Athletics vs. Workman (RHP)

No Athletics have faced Workman.

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