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Red Sox choose to start Jake Peavy in series opener against Twins

05.13.14 at 2:10 pm ET
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Red Sox have announced they will flip-flop Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront in the starting rotation, with Peavy getting the nod in the series opener against the Twins.

The reason for the switch has to do with Peavy’s ability to match up with the Tigers over the weekend at Fenway Park. The Sox rotation will now send out Doubront and Buchholz for the final two games at Target Field, with Jon Lester, John Lackey and Peavy going up against Detroit in the subsequent series.

Peavy not only has been turning in a solid season to date, but he also has had success against some of the key Tigers hitters. Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler all are hitting under .300 against the righty.

The Tigers also carry the second-best batting average (.293) against lefties in the major leagues, with a .341 OBP and .468 slugging mark against southpaws. Against righties, Detroit has a line of .274/.327/.410.

“Given the way [Detroit's] lineup stacks up, what they’ve doing against lefthanded starting, and more than anything, just the flexibility of the schedule, that gives us a chance to match up a little bit better,” said Sox manager John Farrell.

The Red Sox, who just had their third off-day in an eight-day stretch on Monday and will have one more coming next Monday, gave some consideration to the possibility of skipping a starter in this turn of the rotation to keep the majority of their pitchers on a regular turn. However, given that the team will have few opportunities to catch its breath in the coming weeks, it wanted to take advantage of the chance to give their starters some extra down time now.

“The one thing we considered was would we be better off with four guys on every fifth day, but the more we looked at it, the more we started to look at the number of pitches thrown, particularly by Lester and Lackey the last time through, and we felt like this was really the one chance we had to give them a little bit of a breather,” said Farrell. “We know that, following Monday, we’re in a 38 of 39 stretch. The weather is going to start warming up. We felt like this is a chance to give them a breather.”

Peavy will go up against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco Tuesday, with Doubront facing Kevin Correia Wednesday.

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