Peavy start highlights weekend series vs. Diamondbacks

Jake Peavy will make his Red Sox debut Saturday night. Credit: Getty Images
Jake Peavy will make his Red Sox debut Saturday night. Credit: Getty Images

In what could very well be an AL East division race for the ages, the Red Sox (65-44) would benefit greatly by taking care of business against some relatively average non-division opponents. It also helps matters that they’re at Fenway to begin the month of August considering they’re 36-20 on the year on Yawkey Way.

The Diamondbacks (55-52), who are in town for a three-game set this weekend, are in the playoff hunt – just 2.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West – but have struggled in recent weeks. How they fare the rest of the year will certainly depend on how their deadline trade pans out. Arizona made the gutsy decision to trade a starting pitcher (Ian Kennedy) to a division opponent in San Diego for bullpen help in the form of Joe Thatcher.

Here are the pitching matchups for this weekend’s series at Fenway:

Friday (7 p.m., NESN): Randall Delgado (3-3 2.85 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (10-6 4.27 ERA)

Saturday (7 p.m., NESN): Patrick Corbin (12-2 2.24 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (8-4 4.28 ERA)

Sunday (1:30 p.m., NESN): Brandon McCarthy (2-4, 5.00 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront (7-5, 3.77 ERA)


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