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Game 150: Orioles at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 20, 2010 03:25 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (83-66)
Scutaro 2B
McDonald RF
Martinez 1B
Beltre 3B
Lowell DH
Lowrie SS
Hall LF
Varitek C
Kalish CF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-5, 4.82)

ORIOLES (59-90)
Roberts 2B
Markakis RF
Wigginton 1B
Scott DH
Wieters C
Jones CF
Pie LF
Izturis SS
Bell 3B

Pitching: LHP Brian Matusz (8-12, 4.68)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI

State of the Sox: The Sox start the day seven games out of first place and 6.5 behind in the wild card.

Baltimore chopped: The Red Sox are 8-7 against the Orioles. The Yankees (13-5), Blue Jays (12-3) and Rays (10-5) all have pretty much owed the O's.

Not him again: Matsuzaka has a 7.12 ERA in his last six starts. In 22 starts this season, he has gotten past the sixth inning only eight times.

Matusz is the man: The young lefty has allowed three runs or less in his last five starts. That includes allowing two runs in six innings against the Sox on Aug. 21. In his last three starts against the Sox, Matsuz has allowed four earned runs on 12 hits over 18.2 innings and struck out 21.

He left his last start (against Toronto on Sept. 13) after one inning with a triceps bruise.

Buck up: The Orioles are 27-17 under Buck Showalter, 14-7 since Aug. 27. Baltimore has a 3.07 ERA under Showalter.

Other stuff: Victor Martinez has 18 RBIs this month. ... Adrian Beltre is closing on milestones as he has 28 homers and 98 RBI. ... The Sox have won only three of their last 10 games at home. ... The Sox are three shy of 200 home runs as a team for the eight time in franchise history.

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