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Monday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Matt Moore

07.22.13 at 11:25 am ET
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Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

The Red Sox will send rookie Brandon Workman to the mound Monday at Fenway Park to take on Matt Moore and the red-hot Rays.

Workman (0-0, 5.40 ERA) was stellar in his first career start, holding the Athletics without a hit through six innings. However, it was the seventh inning that proved costly to Workman, as he allowed a leadoff single and a two-run home run in the first three batters he faced in the inning — tying the game and ending his chance at a win along with his lost no-hit bid. He finished the game having allowed two runs through 6 1/3 innings while walking one and striking out five.

“He was very poised, very good mound presence, good composure,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters after the game. “I thought he had very good stuff. He stayed out of the middle of the plate for most of the day, multiple pitches for strikes.”

That outing was considerably better than his first game in the majors, when he allowed three doubles and a home run in his first inning of relief in a win over the Mariners on July 10. Workman settled down after that first inning, though, retiring the next three batters in order — striking out two of them.

One thing Workman has done effectively in his short stint in the majors has been striking hitters out. The 24-year-old has recorded nine strikeouts through the 31 batters he has faced, which is good for around 29 percent. For comparison, Clay Buchholz has struck out around 25 percent of the batters he has faced this season.

Moore (13-3, 3.44 ERA) has recovered nicely as of late after having a rough start to June. Moore, who was 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA through his first three starts in June, is 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his five starts since then. He has recorded 40 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .161 batting average over that stretch.

Last time out, Moore lost a 23-inning-plus shutout streak and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks through 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Twins. Moore continued an impressive stretch of keeping balls in the ballpark, as he has only allowed one home run in his last 11 starts (since May 14).

Moore has already faced the Red Sox once this year, and he emerged with a 5-3 win on May 14. The 24-year-old lefty allowed three runs on only three hits and two walks while striking out eight in the game. However, he is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career games at Fenway Park.

Rays vs. Workman (RHP)

No Rays batters have faced Workman.

Matt Moore

Matt Moore

Red Sox vs. Moore (LHP)

Dustin Pedroia (12 plate appearances): .182 BA/.250 OBP/.273 SLG, 1 double, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (11): .500/.545/1.000, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 1 walk

Jonny Gomes (9): .222/.222/.333, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Stephen Drew (5): .400/.400/.600, 1 double, 1 strikeout

Jacoby Ellsbury (4): .000/.500/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Mike Napoli (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Shane Victorino (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Ryan Lavarnway (2): .000/.000./000, 1 strikeout

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1): .000/.000./000

Mike Carp, Jose Iglesias and Brandon Snyder have not faced Moore.

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