Brandon Workman to start Monday’s game against Rays, Jon Lester on target for Tuesday
|07.21.13 at 5:58 pm ET|
With Jon Lester‘s first start after the All-Star break being pushed back and Ryan Dempster being slotted into Sunday’s game, Brandon Workman will take the mound in Monday’s series opener between the Red Sox and Rays at Fenway Park.
Workman (0-0, 5.40 ERA) got a no-decision in his first career start in Oakland on July 14, when he allowed two runs after holding the Athletics hitless through six innings. The 24-year-old was called up on July 9 and made his first appearance in a Boston uniform the next day, when he allowed three runs on four hits through two innings of relief.
While Workman was hit hard in his first inning against Seattle ‘ he allowed three doubles and a home run in the frame ‘ manager John Farrell said that his ability to return to the mound for a clean second inning that day allowed the right-hander to start showing some of the traits that had been evident for three years to the Red Sox player development staff and front office.
‘The one thing he does is he throws a lot of strikes,’ said Farrell. ‘Even in the first inning against Seattle ‘ he got squared up, but he didn’t fear the strike zone. He didn’t start to walk people just because there was a lot of contact. He went out and had a very good second inning and I think that second inning set him up with the ability to walk off the mound knowing he put up a zero and carried it into the game against Oakland.’
Workman’s start will be a crucial one, as it will be against a Rays team that is creeping up on the Red Sox in the division. They are only 1 1/2 games back of Boston in the standings, have won 16 of their last 18 games and will send Matt Moore to the mound, who has won each of his last five starts. Yet Farrell did not have concerns about exposing a rookie to such a meaningful contest.
“I think the one thing that we’re learning, at least at the major league staff, is that this is a guy who has kind of quiet confidence about him and doesn’t fear the setting in which he’s performing in,” said Farrell.
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