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Justin Verlander struggled in his 2014 debut allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking three batters and striking out two in the no decision.
Hopes were high for JV to get off to hot start after a solid spring training where he did not allow a single run in 20 innings pitched. In Verlander's defense he has a track record of starting slow, but the Royals made plenty of hard contact against him and the three walks in the fourth inning are worrisome, but do not panic just yet as you already knew there was a chance he would pitch more like a number 2 starter than the consistent ace he had been before last season.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
The Red Sox are looking for an opportunity to give Brian Johnson his major league debut.
Johnson has a 2.92 ERA and 8.76 K/9 over 49 1/3 innings here in his first go-around with Triple-A Pawtucket. While the Red Sox would like to give him a taste of the majors, they'd obviously prefer to have a stronger rotation and not need to dip into their farm system as much as they have already. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are getting a look right now. Should they fail and the struggles at the back end of the rotation continue, then perhaps we'll see Johnson at some point. Analysis: Howard Bender