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Game 132: Red Sox at Orioles

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 31, 2010 03:15 PM

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After a day off, the Sox are at Camden Yards. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (74-57)
Scutaro SS
McDonald CF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Drew RF
Lowrie 2B
Hall LF

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-3, 6.50)

ORIOLES (48-83)
Lugo 2B
Markakis RF
Wigginton 1B
Scott DH
Jones CF
Pie LF
Wieters C
Izturis SS
Bell 3B

Pitching: LHP Brian Matusz (6-12, 4.79)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

State of the Sox: The Sox have lost two straight and three of their last four. They start the day seven games behind the Rays and Yankees, who are tied for first in the division and for the wild card.

Woes against the O's: The Sox are 6-6 against the Orioles this season. Baltimore last the worst record in the AL and the second-worst record in baseball behind the Pirates.

It's offensive: In their last four games, the Sox have scored 10 runs on .232 hitting (33 of 142). They have four walks and 34 strikeouts in that span and are 4 of 26 with runners in scoring position.

Buck up: The Orioles are 16-10 under new manager Buck Showalter. They have won three straight.

Close combat: Of the 131 games the Sox have played, 71 of them have been decided by one or two runs. The Sox are 38-33 in those games. They are 5-10 in extra innings.

Beckett bits: Josh Beckett is 6-3 with a 3.61 ERA against Baltimore in 13 career starts. That includes going 5-1, 2.98 in nine starts at Camden Yards. He faced the Orioles on May 2, allowing two earned runs over seven innings.

Matusz mania: The 23-year-old lefty has faced the Red Sox three times this season and pitched well, allowing five runs on 12 hits over 18.2 innings with 10 walks and 19 strikeouts.

Good penmanship: Sox relievers have allowed one run over their last 18.1 innings.

Closing time: Jonathan Papelbon has thrown six scoreless innings in his last six appearances, allowing one hit and striking out 10. ... Daniel Bard has thrown 7.2 scoreless innings in his last six appearances. He had walked four in that stretch, however.

Milestone watch: Adrian Beltre has 994 RBIs and 896 runs in his career.

Cold rookies: Daniel Nava is 6 for his last 39 (.153) in his last 14 games and has gone 40 at-bats without an extra-base hit. ... Ryan Kalish has four hits in his last 35 at-bats (.114).

Other stuff: Victor Martinez is 10 of 21 in the last five games with three homers. ... J.D. Drew is 7 of his last 40 (.175) with two RBIs and one extra-base hit. He is down to .255. ... Bill Hall has 3 hits in his last 22 at-bats. ... The Sox are tied for the fourth-best record in the AL and the seventh-best record in baseball.

Enjoy the game.

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