Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On Jackie Robinson Day, Sox eye sweep of Nats

Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley will make his Fenway Park debut in Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals on Jackie Robinson Day.
For the seventh consecutive year, all players and on-field personnel will wear No. 42. A special pregame ceremony will also feature Jackie Robinson Scholars. Following the contest, the No. 42 jerseys will be collected, autographed and auctioned off on MLB.com to benefit the Red Sox Foundation and its programs.
In his first outing on Saturday against the Yankees, Miley went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on two hits in a no-decision. Working quickly and efficiently, the southpaw recorded six strikeouts and retired the first 10 batters he faced.
He'll face left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who took the loss in his first start on Friday against the Phillies. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Gonzalez struggled with his command in the sixth, walking two and hitting one batter.
Three things to know about this game:
• In five career starts against the Nationals, Miley is 1-2 with a 2.03 ERA. In his last three outings against Washington, Miley has logged 6 2/3 or more innings and allowed two for fewer earned runs, producing a 1.31 ERA during that span.
• Gonzalez makes his first start at Fenway since June 9, 2012, as a member of the A's. In six starts against the Red Sox, the left-hander is 3-1 with a 5.24 ERA.
• Six current members of the Red Sox have more than 10 career at-bats against Gonzalez: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Allen Craig, Mike Napoli, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Of those players, only Ortiz is hitting above .300 against the left-hander. Sandoval is just 1-for-12.

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