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Game 56: Orioles at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 6, 2012 02:57 PM

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Good afternoon. Here's a preview of the game:

RED SOX (28-27)
Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Middlebrooks 3B
Gonzalez RF
Saltalamacchia C
McDonald LF
Byrd CF
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (4-5, 4.26)

ORIOLES (31-24)
Chavez RF
Hardy SS
Jones CF
Wieters C
Davis DH
Reynolds 1B
Betemit 3B
Flaherty LF
Andino 2B
Pitching: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 3.75)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Chen: Aviles 0-2, Gonzalez 1-3, Middlebrooks 1-3, Ortiz 0-3, Pedroia 2-3, Byrd 0-2, McDonald 0-1, Shoppach 0-1.

Orioles vs. Beckett: Jones 11-35, Chavez 10-27, Johnson 3-16, Hardy 5-16, Wieters 5-16, Andino 5-12, Reynolds 3-12, Davis 3-11, Betemit 0-5, Tolleson 0-3.

Stat of the Day: Scott Podsednik has hit safely in his first eight starts, the longest streak for a player to begin his career with the Red Sox since J.D. Drew hit in nine straight starts in 2007.

Notes: The Sox have dropped two straight and start the day three games behind the Orioles and Rays in the division ... Beckett is 7-5, 4.25 in 18 career starts against the Orioles. He is facing them for the first time this season. Beckett was 1-2, 7.03 in four starts against Baltimore last year ... Gonzalez is hitting sixth for the first time since 2006, his first year with the Padres. He is 13 of 55 (.236) in the last 12 games with no walks and 10 strikeouts ... Daniel Nava is out of the lineup for the first time since he was called up, the Sox using McDonald and Byrd against the lefty. ... Chen faced the Red Sox on May 4 and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks in five innings ... Saltalamacchia leads major league catchers with 11 home runs, 22 extra-base hits, a .593 slugging percentage. He also leads AL catchers with a .917 OPS ... Aviles has hit safely in seven of the last eight games at .324 (11 of 34). He is second on the team with 33 RBIs. Ortiz has 37.

Song of the Day: "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" by Lenny Kravitz.

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