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Red Sox turn to young arm Rubby De La Rosa to start against Rays

 Rubby De La Rosa #62 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during Boston Red Sox Photo Day on February 23, 2014 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
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The youth movement continues in Boston as the Red Sox continue to try to turn their season around. The team has currently won four straight games in spite of a rash of injuries threatening to slow the team down. One of those injuries was suffered by starting pitcher Clay Buchholz who has been sidelined by a hyperextended right knee. In his place the Red Sox announced on Friday that they will call up right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket.

De La Rosa will get the start on Saturday night when the team takes on the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be the first major league start for De La Rosa since July 31, 2011 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The young pitcher came over to the Red Sox as part of the blockbuster deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers in exchange for De La Rosa and fellow right-hander Allen Webster.

The team decided to go with De La Rosa over Webster simply based on the last three starts by each pitcher. Red Sox manager John Farrell said, “You look at their numbers overall on the course of the year, they’re pretty similar. The last three starts for Rubby have been strong, and that was pretty much the deciding factor.”

De La Rosa has posted an overall recorded of 2-3 with the Triple-A team. Although he has tailed off a bit over his last six starts, he did toss six scoreless innings in a game against Syracuse last weekend. Webster almost has an identical record and a slightly lower ERA, but it is De La Rosa’s time to show what he can do. With Buchholz struggling and on the disabled list along with starting pitcher Felix Doubrount, a strong start by the young right-hander could land him a temporary role in the starting rotation.

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