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Wednesday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Chris Sale

07.09.14 at 9:33 am ET
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The nose-diving Red Sox continue their four-game series against the White Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday night when Rubby De La Rosa opposes Chris Sale.

De La Rosa (2-2, 2.51 ERA) will make his first start for the Red Sox since June 21 after being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday night. The right-hander had surrendered just five hits and one run over 14 innings in his last two starts before being sent back down to Pawtucket. He took a no-decision in his last big league outing June 21 in Oakland when he held the American League-leading Athletics to one run, four hits and a walk over seven innings to go with seven strikeouts.

De La Rosa pitched a combined 6 2/3 innings in just two appearances for Pawtucket since his demotion. He went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in those appearances, but he’s coming off a shutout inning of work on Sunday.

De La Rosa has never faced the White Sox or any of their current players in his career.

Sale (8-1, 2.16 ERA) has been nearly unhittable for the White Sox this season, especially as of late. The lefty has thrown at least six innings in his last seven outings, six of which have been quality starts. Sale is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 21 strikeouts to just five walks in his last three outings. He’s thrown two complete games and has struck out 10 or more batters on four occasions this season.

Sale is coming off a dominant complete-game performance against the Mariners last Friday, but it wasn’t even his most impressive start of the season. He faced a Seattle lineup with six left-handed hitters who finished 4-for-21 against him. The 25-year-old allowed just one run on six hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts for his seventh career complete game. His slider emerged as his deadliest pitch against the lefty-heavy lineup.

“I knew warming up in the bullpen it was going to be a pretty good pitch for me tonight,” Sale said of his slider after the game. “I was really working on that tonight in the bullpen. I threw a few more in my pregame bullpen than I usually do, just because I knew the amount of lefties. It’s good to have that.”

Said Mariners shortstop Willie Bloomquist: “He’s as advertised, he’s got electric stuff. It doesn’t matter if you’re left-handed, right-handed or switch. He’s got a lot of stuff to get you out with. He’s very good.”

Sale has made just one start in six career games against the Red Sox. That start came April 17 when he gave up just one run over seven innings in a no-decision. The only hit Sale surrendered was a solo home run to Xander Bogaerts. He had three walks and 10 strikeouts in a 3-1 Red Sox win.

Sale has been successful overall against the Red Sox. He’s 1-0 with a 0-71 ERA in his career against the Sox.

White Sox vs. De La Rosa (RHP)

No White Sox players have faced De La Rosa.

Red Sox vs. Sale (LHP)

Jonny Gomes (9 plate appearances): .111 AVG/.111 OBP/.444 SLG, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Mike Napoli (9): .125/.222/.125, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

David Ortiz (7): .143/.143/.143, 2 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (3): .500/.667/2.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (3): .000/.000/.000

A.J. Pierzynski (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

David Ross (3): .000/.667/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Jackie Bradley struck out in both of his plate appearances.

Stephen Drew struck out in his lone plate appearance.

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