Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Shane Greene
|09.02.14 at 10:16 am ET|
Kelly (0-1, 3.86 ERA) still is searching for his first win in his sixth start since joining the Red Sox at the non-waiver trade deadline. His last time out, Wednesday against the Blue Jays, the right-hander allowed two runs and struck out four in six solid innings. He was removed from the game after 86 pitches because of shoulder concerns stemming from his five-inning start against the Mariners on Aug. 26.
The Red Sox held a one-run lead at the time of Kelly’s exit, but reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed two crucial runs to score in the seventh inning, costing the Red Sox the game.
“After he came out of the last game, we had every intention to hold his pitch count down in the 85 range. He pitched exceptional tonight,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Kelly after the game. “He was very good. He and David Ross worked well together. But we felt like in light of five days ago, we were going to hold him shorter than normal, and knowing we were going to have to match up through the bottom of the order, it didn’t work out the way it looked like we could match up.”
Tuesday’s start will be Kelly’s first-ever matchup against the Yankees.
Greene (4-1, 3.09 ERA) will be making his second start of the season against the Red Sox. The rookie, who spent over two months in the minor leagues this year, did not factor in the decision in his Aug. 2 start against Boston, a game the Yankees won 6-4. The 6-foot-4 right-hander went 4 2/3 innings that afternoon, allowing just three runs, all of which came in the second inning. Greene settled down enough after a rough start to the game to strike out five hitters before exiting.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was impressed with Greene’s perseverance during that outing.
“You’ve got to remember, he is a young kid and a lot of this is all new for him,” Girardi said after the game. “The most impressive thing for me was that he made the adjustment, and that’s what you want to see.”
Greene, a Florida native, was supposed to pitch for the University of West Florida on a scholarship, but an elbow injury and the subsequent Tommy John surgery forced him to forgo attending the school. After his rehabilitation at Daytona Beach Community College, Greene saw his fastball velocity jump from the low 80s to 93 mph. His rehab was successful enough that the Yankees selected him in the 15th round of the 2009 draft.
After spending his first four years in the minor leagues between rookie ball and Single-A, Greene made the jump to Double-A in 2013, where he flourished with an 8-4 record and a 3.18 ERA. His performance earned him the Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
The 25-year-old made his major league debut this season against the Red Sox when he allowed three runs and three walks in 1/3 of inning in relief on April 24.
In his most recent outing, Wednesday against the Tigers, Greene allowed two runs on five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings of an 8-4 victory.
Red Sox vs. Greene (RHP)
Dustin Pedroia (4 career plate appearances): .250 AVG/.250 OBP/.250 SLG, 1 strikeout
Yoenis Cespedes (3): .333/.333/.333
Brock Holt (3): .333/.333/.333
Mike Napoli (3): 1.000/1.000/4.000, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks
David Ortiz (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout
Xander Bogaerts, Daniel Nava and Christian Vazquez each have two plate appearances against Greene, with only Vazquez reaching base against the right-hander with a walk.
Yankees vs. Kelly (RHP)
Brian McCann (6): .333/.333/.333
Martin Prado (4): .500/.500/ 1.500, 1 home run, 1 double, 2 RBIs
Stephen Drew (3): .333/.333/1.000, 1 triple, 1 strikeout
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