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Game 25: Orioles at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 4, 2012 03:00 PM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (11-13)
Aviles SS
Middlebrooks 3B
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
McDonald LF
Byrd CF
Shoppach C
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 4.65)

ORIOLES (16-9)
Andino 2B
Hardy SS
Markakis RF
Jones CF
Wieters DH
Betemit LF
Davis 1B
Reynolds 3B
Paulino C
Pitching: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 2.22)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WRKO

Orioles vs. Lester: Markakis 11-5, Jones 8-35, Wieters 8-25, Reimold 4-12, Davis 0-10, Andino 4-10, Reynolds 1-7, Hardy 3-5, Johnson 0-5, Betemit 0-3, Paulino 0-2.

Red Sox vs. Chen: No Red Sox hitters have faced Chen.

Stat of the Day: Lester is 14-0 with a 2.36 ERA in 18 career starts against the Orioles.

Notes: The Sox have lost two straight and three of their last four games. ... The surprising Orioles have won two straight and are in second place in the division. ... The Sox are 19-17 against the Orioles over the last two seasons. Baltimore beat the Sox in five of seven meetings last September including the final game of the season to knock the Sox out of the postseason. ... Chen, 26, is a rookie from Taiwan. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts. ... The Sox are hitting .199/.268/.343 in their last four games with 18 runs. They are 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position in the last two games. ... Gonzalez is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. ... The Red Sox bullpen has allowed two earned runs in the last 10 games, a stretch of 28 innings. ... Ortiz needs one home run to tie Dwight Evans for 56th place all-time with 385. ... The Orioles are 8-5 on the road. ... Baltimore's roster includes Ryan Flaherty, the pride of Portland, Maine, by way of Vanderbilt. He was a Rule 5 pick from Vanderbilt and is the son of Southern Maine baseball coach Ed Flaherty.

Song of the Day: "Friday I'm in Love" by The Cure.

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