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Allen Webster to pitch second game of Red Sox' Sunday doubleheader

Allen Webster will make his major league debut Sunday night as he starts the second half of Boston's day-night doubleheader with the Royals.


The Red Sox will turn to Allen Webster tomorrow night for a spot start in the final game of their series against the Kansas City Royals.

With the double header necessitated by Friday's postponement and no day off scheduled for more than a week, it makes sense for the Red Sox to look outside their current rotation for a start in order to avoid having to pitch either Ryan Dempster or Felix Doubront on short rest the next time through.

Webster, who came to the team as part of the blockbuster deal with the Dodgers last year, has looked every bit the top prospect he was billed as so far between Triple-A and spring training. After striking out 14 batters in eleven innings of two-run ball in spring, Webster has 12 more Ks to his name in just 10 innings of work at Pawtucket.

It's an early call for Webster, to be sure, but that means there shouldn't be much in the way of pressure on him either. If he performs well, then that's gravy. If he doesn't, then it's only to be expected from a 23-year-old making his major league debut in Fenway Park.