Thursday, April 9, 2015

Masterson eyes series win in return to Red Sox

In the finale of this three-game series, Justin Masterson pitches his first game for the Red Sox since 2009. Meanwhile, Phillies righty David Buchanan will pitch against Boston for the first time in his career.
This will be the last meeting between the Red Sox and Phillies until Sept. 4-6, when the clubs meet for a three-game set at Fenway Park.
Things to know about this game:
• Masterson was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians for Victor Martinez on July 31, 2009. After leaving Boston, Masterson established himself as a solid starting pitcher. But he pitched through a barrage of injuries in 2014, leading to the worst season of his career. Masterson feels fully healthy now and is eager for a bounce-back season. He signed a one-year contract to return to Boston.
• Buchanan went 6-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 starts last season as a rookie. Buchanan entered camp as the presumed No. 5 starter, but he became the Phillies' No. 3 following Cliff Lee's left elbow injury and a strong spring (1.29 ERA in 21 innings).


• Jeff Francoeur is a .310 hitter lifetime against Masterson, clubbing two doubles and driving in three. Allen Craig and Pablo Sandoval are the only Boston hitters who have faced Buchanan, and they are both 0-for-3.

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