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Still Appealing Six-Game Suspension, Workman Gets the Ball on Tuesday

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Brandon Workman went five innings in his last outing, allowing three runs on four hits to the Cleveland Indians. Tony Dejak/AP

The Red Sox latest winning streak lasted exactly one day, as the Sox ran into a wall in Bud Norris Monday night and could manage just three hits over the entire ballgame. The Sox now look to even up this three-game series at a game apiece on Tuesday.

Brandon Workman, still appealing his six-game suspension for throwing at Evan Longoria, gets the ball for the Red Sox for the fourth time this season. In his previous three starts, he has allowed eight runs on 13 hits in 15 1/3 innings with eight walks and 10 strikeouts. He also appeared out of the bullpen three times earlier in the season, allowing one run on four hits in 6 1/3 frames.

Workman has pitched well in his short MLB career as a starter. After his last start, where he threw five innings and allowed three runs to the Cleveland Indians, Workman became the first Red Sox starter since Boo Ferriss in 1945 to go at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first six career big league starts.

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Workman has faced the Orioles four times in his career, allowing no runs on three hits in four total innings, but this will be the first time as a starter. Hitters in Tuesday’s Baltimore lineup have a combined eight career plate appearances against Workman, with Manny Machado recording the only hit, while Machado and J.J. Hardy reached base on a walk each.

Going for the Orioles is Chris Tillman, who has made 13 starts for the O’s this year, holding a 5-2 record for a 5.20 ERA. He lasted just one inning in his last outing, giving up five runs on six hits with three walks on June 5 to the Texas Rangers.

Tillman has made two starts against the Red Sox this year – on March 31 and April 18, giving up four runs on 14 hits in a combined 10 innings of work. In 13 career starts against the Red Soxm he is 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA.

Against Tillman in their careers, Dustin Pedroia has a .313 average in 32 at bats, while Mike Napoli is hitting .278 in 18. Daniel Nava has faced Tillman 27 times and recorded five hits and four walks, while David Ortiz is just 2-for-19 with four walks.