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Red Sox bats hope to have better success against Washburn

Apr 12, 2007 - 1:19 PM Seattle (3-2) at Boston (4-4) 4:05 pm EDT

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Red Sox managed just one hit against 21-year-old Felix Hernandez. They're hoping Jarrod Washburn makes for an easier time.

Washburn takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners in the rubber game of a three game series against the Red Sox on Thursday.

A day after pounding out 14 runs in the series opener, Boston managed just an eighth-inning single by J.D. Drew against Hernandez in Wednesday's 3-0 loss.

Washburn (1-0, 3.00 ERA) pitched well in his first start this season, allowing two runs and three hits in six innings to pick up a win over Oakland on April 3. The veteran lefthander has had mixed success against the Red Sox in the past, owning a 3-3 record with a 4.66 ERA in 10 starts.

The Red Sox will counter with veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (0-1, 1.50). A hard-luck loser in his first start, Wakefield allowed just one earned run and three hits in six innings in a 2-0 setback at Texas on Friday.

Wakefield has struggled against the Mariners in his career, posting a 3-8 record with a 4.37 ERA in 23 appearances - 13 starts.

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