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Monday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Brandon Workman vs. C.J. Wilson

08.18.14 at 12:40 pm ET
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The Red Sox begin a four-game series against the Angels at Fenway Park on Monday when they send Brandon Workman to the mound against C.J. Wilson.

Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

The losses have been piling up for Workman as of late. The right-hander lost twice in a matter of three days from Aug. 7-9 to make it six defeats in his last six appearances.

Workman (1-6, 4.45 ERA) allowed three runs in the first inning Aug. 7 against the Cardinals and never recovered as the Sox suffered a 5-2 loss in St. Louis. Workman gave up four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

“I just didn’t come out sharp in the first inning,” Workman said after the game. “That got me today. I put up a three-spot in the first and put the team behind the 8-ball against a good pitcher. I got it going after that, but the first inning was enough.”

Workman’s appearance two days later was much shorter, but it may have stung more. The 25-year-old lasted just one batter after he gave up leadoff home run to Albert Pujols to give the Angels a walkoff win in the bottom of the 19th inning.

Workman is 0-6 with a 6.35 ERA since June 27, prompting Farrell to skip the righty’s turn in the rotation. Monday will be his first appearance in nine days and his first start in 11.

“It was an opportunity to give him extended rest, which we prioritized,” Farrell said Saturday.

The six-pitch appearance Aug. 9 is the only for Workman against the Angels in his career.

Wilson (9-8, 4.71 ERA) hasn’t had much to feel good about the last couple of months. Prior to his start last Tuesday, the lefty had posted an 11.03 ERA in his last six starts and hadn’t earned a win since June 24. That stretch also included a three-week injury absence in between.

Tuesday’s start against the Phillies, however, was much more encouraging. Wilson allowed just two runs — his lowest total in an outing since June 19 — on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings to lead the Angels to a 7-2 win. He walked two and struck out two on 105 pitches.

“It’s still not there,” Wilson said after the game. “I was just trying to control the rhythm of the game and not overthrow it.”

Monday will be Wilson’s first start against the Sox this season. He lost both of his outings against the Red Sox in 2013, giving up seven runs (four earned) over a combined 11 2/3 innings. Wilson is 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 21 games (nine starts) against the Sox in his career.

Angels vs. Workman (RHP)

Albert Pujols homered in his lone plate appearance.

Red Sox vs. Wilson (LHP)

Mike Napoli (34 plate appearances): .207 AVG/.324 OBP/.379 SLG, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts

Dustin Pedroia (24): .429/.500/.714, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

Yoenis Cespedes (20): .400/.550/.950, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz (16): .125/.125/.188, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 5 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (9): .333/.556/.333, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

Kelly Johnson (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

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