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Wednesday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Ryan Dempster vs. Alex Cobb

09.11.13 at 9:49 am ET

Looking to further extend their lead in the AL East, the Red Sox will send out Ryan Dempster on Wednesday night to take on Alex Cobb and the Rays in the second game of a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dempster will be starting in place of Felix Doubront, who will skip his spot in the rotation due to the return of Clay Buchholz.

After a rough August in which Dempster posted a 6.75 ERA in five starts, he has improved over his last two starts by allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings on Aug. 30 against the White Sox and four runs in six innings last Wednesday vs. the Tigers, earning the win in both contests.

Demspster did not have to do much in his last start, as the Sox offense erupted to the tune of 20 runs, giving Dempster his eighth win of the season.

Dempster was saddled with the loss in his last start against the Rays, which came on June 19, despite posting a solid line of three earned runs over six innings of work. In 10 career starts against the Rays, Dempster is 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA.

Cobb has rebounded well after missing more than two months due to him being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on June 15. In his five starts since returning from the DL, Cobb (8-3, 2.99 ERA) has only allowed more than two runs once.

Cobb received no decision in his last start against the Mariners on Friday after allowing four earned runs in six innings in what ended up being a 6-4 Seattle victory.

Cobb was roughed up in his last start against the Red Sox, as the Boston native surrendered six earned runs over four innings and took the loss in what was a 10-8 Boston win on June 10.

Cobb is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA in six career appearances against the Red Sox.

Red Sox vs. Cobb (RHP) 

Dustin Pedroia (17 plate appearances): .267 BA/.353 OBP/.267 SLG, 2 RBIs, 2 walks

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (14): .200/.429/.300, 1 double, 4 walks

Jacoby Ellsbury (13): .231/.231/.462, 3 singles, 2 RBIs

Daniel Nava (12): .182/.250/.273, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Stephen Drew (11): .222/.364/.333, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Shane Victorino (10): .375/.500/.625, 2 doubles, 2 walks

Mike Napoli (9): .286/.444/.429, 1 double, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (8): .250/.625/.250, 4 walks

Will Middlebrooks (7): .333/.429/.333, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Mike Carp (5): .400/.400/.400, 2 singles, 3 RBIs

Ryan Lavarnway (4): .250/.250/.250, 1 single, 1 strikeout

Quintin Berry (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 walk

Jackie Bradley Jr. (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts, Jonny Gomes, John McDonald, David Ross and Brandon Snyder have not faced Cobb.

Rays vs. Dempster (RHP)

Kelly Johnson (22 plate appearances): .071 BA/.409 OBP/.143 SLG, 8 walks, 8 strikeouts

James Loney (22): .095/.091/.095, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Yunel Escobar (14): .143/.143/.143, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts

Evan Longoria (8): .250/.250/.625, 1 home run, 1 RBI

Luke Scott (7): .429/.429/.857, 1 double, 1 triple

Desmond Jennings (6): .200/.333/.800, 1 home run, 1 RBI

Matthew Joyce (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout

Ben Zobrist (6): .400/.500/.400, 1 RBI, 1 walk

Jamey Wright (5): .400/.400/.800, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs

Wesley Wright (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 single

Jose Molina (3): 1.000/1.000/1.000, 3 singles

Wil Myers (3): .000/.000/.000

Delmon Young (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 single

Jose Lobaton (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

David DeJesus, Sam Fuld, Chris Gimenez and Sean Rodriguez have not faced Dempster.

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