BOSTON -- Brandon Workman will make his second-career major-league start for the Red Sox on Monday when the Tampa Bay Rays visit Fenway Park.
Workman no-hit the A's for six innings on July 14 before allowing two hits and two earned runs and getting a no decision in Boston's 3-2 loss. Before that, he appeared once in relief against the Mariners in Seattle. There, he threw two innings, allowing three earned runs before pitching a clean second inning.
Red Sox manager John Farrell believes both of those outings will help him be prepared to take on the Rays, who have won 17 of their last 19 games.
"The one thing he does is he throws a lot of strikes," Farrell said. "Even in the first inning in Seattle, he got squared up, but he didn't fear the strike zone. He didn't start to walk people just because there was some loud contact. He went out and had a very good second inning. I think that second inning kind of set that ability to walk off the mound and know that he put up a zero. He carried over into the game against Oakland.
"I think the one thing we're leaning at the major league staff is this is a guy who has a quiet confidence about him and doesn't fear the setting in which he's performing in."
- Shane Victorino is back in the Red Sox starting lineup -- batting second and playing right field -- after missing Saturday's game with a sore hamstring.
He may not be fully healthy, Farrell said Sunday, but both he and the Red Sox are satisfied in knowing that he's unlikely to do himself any long-term damage by playing Sunday night.
Said Farrell: "He's 100 percent of what he is" -- a 32-year-old outfielder who plays on the edge and oftentimes invites injury by playing with a certain degree of recklessness as he tracks down fly balls.
"I think through yesterday's meetings, and conversations, and exams with our therapist, training staff here, I think he's gained some comfort level knowing he's not putting himself at further risk," Farrell continued. "There's going to be discomfort. Maybe varying levels of that. But all the work that's being done and the place that he's in physically right now, he's not jeopardizing that with any long-term type of injuries."
- Though Farrell said that the Red Sox are focused on tonight's game against the Yankees first, they know a difficult series with the red-hot Rays looms Monday.
"You certainly know that they're winning a lot of games," Farrell said. "How they do it? They're going to do it as they've done for years. They pitch well. Their starters have been very consistent. We're not looking past tonight by any means. We knew coming out of the break this second half was going to be a challenge, and certainly the first 10 games, based on who we play and where we play them."