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Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Scott Feldman

09.27.13 at 10:50 am ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

The Red Sox will kick off their final series of the regular season Friday when they face off against Scott Feldman and the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Clay Buchholz will get the call for Boston, making his fourth start since being activated off of the disabled list on Sept. 10 after missing three months with neck and shoulder issues.

The regular-season series between these two teams has been close this year, as Baltimore leads with nine wins in 16 games.

Buchholz (11-1, 1.60 ERA) has been great since his long-awaited return, as the Texas native has only allowed two earned runs in his last 17 innings of work.

Despite posting solid numbers of two earned runs in six innings during his last start on Saturday against the Blue Jays, Buchholz was bested by Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (six innings, five hits, one earned run) and picked up his first loss of the season in what ended up being a 4-2 Toronto victory.

Buchholz was the first Red Sox pitcher to go 11-0 in his first 14 starts of a season since Roger Clemens in 1986.

The last time Buchholz faced Baltimore was on April 8. Buchholz, as he’s seemingly been all season, was dominant, allowing three hits and zero runs over seven innings in what ended up being a 3-1 Red Sox win.

In 14 career starts against Baltimore, Buchholz is 8-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

Acquired from the Cubs on July 2, Feldman (12-11, 3.51 ERA) has been a solid addition to the Baltimore rotation with a 5-5 record and a 3.57 ERA in 14 starts.

After a few rough stretch in the middle of the season (5.12 ERA in July), Feldman has been sensational as of late, only allowing 12 earned runs over his last 50 innings.

Feldman last faced off against Boston on Sept. 17, when he only allowed one earned run over five innings but walked six batters in an eventual 3-2 Orioles victory.

In 10 games against Boston in his career, Feldman is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA.

Red Sox vs. Feldman (RHP)

Mike Napoli (30 plate appearances): .407 BA/.467 OBP/.630 SLG, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs

Dustin Pedroia (15): .400/.400/.600, 1 home run, 2 RBIs

David Ortiz (13): .200/.385/.800, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs

Mike Carp (12): .364/.333/.455, 1 double, 1 RBI

Stephen Drew (10): .375/.500/.750, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

Jacoby Ellsbury (8): .375/.375/.375, 3 singles

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): .375/.375/.875, 1 double, 1 home run

Shane Victorino (6): .000/.167/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk

John McDonald (3): .500/.667/1.000, 1 double, 1 RBI

Will Middlebrooks (3): .333/.333/667, 1 double, 1 strikeout

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

Jonny Gomes (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 strikeout

Xander Bogaerts has walked once in 2 plate appearances against Feldman.

Quintin Berry, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Ryan Lavarnway, David Ross, and Brandon Snyder have not faced Feldman.

Orioles vs. Buchholz (RHP)

Nick Markakis (41 plate appearances): .147 BA/.293 OBP/.147 SLG, 6 walks, 4 strikeouts

Adam Jones (31): .208/.267/.458, 1 home run, 8 RBIs

Matt Wieters (31): .222/.323/.296, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts

Brian Roberts (27): .364/.481/.500, 1 triple, 3 RBIs

Chris Davis (18): .200/.333/.467, 1 home run, 6 strikeouts

J.J. Hardy (17): .375/.412/.750, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs

Ryan Flaherty (9): .250/.333/.250, 2 strikeouts

Nate McLouth (7): .333/.429/.500, 1 double

Alexi Casilla (6): .600/.667/.600, 1 RBI

Dan Johnson (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Steve Pearce (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Danny Valencia (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeouts

Steve Clevenger, Chris Dickerson, Mike Morse, Jason Pridie, Chris Snyder, and Henry Urrutia have not faced Buchholz.

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