The Red Sox on Thursday will begin their first series against the arch-rvial Yankees, a four-game tilt in New York, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against Michael Pineda.
Buchholz will make his second start of the season, five days after Saturday’s appearance against the Brewers. The 29-year-old struggled in that game, lasting 4 1/3 innings and giving up six runs on 13 hits, including two home runs, while striking out three.
“It took a little bit to get loose,” Buchholz said after the game. “It was pretty cool out there. You don’t want to give up that many hits ever. They’re swinging early and putting balls in play.”
Buchholz ended up with a no-decision as Boston was able to come back and tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning before falling in 11.
Buchholz has faced the Yankees 12 times (all starts), holding a 5-5 record with an ERA of 5.32 and a WHIP of 1.601. Last year Buchholz was dominant against the Yankees, going 3-0 in three games with an ERA of 0.50 and a WHIP of 0.94.
Pineda pitched well in his debut with the Yankees, his first major league start since 2011 (he had shoulder surgery in 2012 and pitched in the minors last year). Pineda went six innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday and allowed one run while striking out five. His performance wasn’t good enough, however, as he was saddled with the loss as the Yankees were shut out, 4-0.
Thursday will be Pineda’s second game against the Red Sox, his first coming in 2011 while he was a member of the Mariners. In that start Pineda only last 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits.
Red Sox vs. Pineda (RHP)
A.J. Pierzynski (3 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.667 SLG, 1 double
David Ortiz (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout
Mike Napoli has a walk and a strikeout in three plate appearances vs. Pineda.
Dustin Pedroia has not reached base in three plate appearances.
Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Mike Carp, Jonny Gomes, Jonathan Herrera, Daniel Nava, Ryan Roberts, David Ross and Grady Sizemore have not faced Pineda.
Yankees vs. Buchholz (RHP)
Brian Roberts (30): .400/.500/.520, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBIs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts
Derek Jeter (27): .261/.370/.261, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (18): .118/.118/.118, 3 strikeouts
Ichiro Suzuki (15): .214/.267/.214, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Kelly Johnson (14): .100/.308/.100, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts
Francisco Cervelli (6): .500/.500/.500, 3 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Alfonso Soriano (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Austin Romine has a single in one plate appearance vs. Buchholz.
Dean Anna, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Yangervis Solarte have not faced Buchholz.