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Game 159: Red Sox at Orioles

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 30, 2012 10:15 AM

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

RED SOX (69-89)
Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Ross RF
Gomez 1B
Valencia 3B
Lavarnway C
Nava LF
Ciriaco DH
Iglesias SS
Pitching: RHP Zach Stewart (1-3, 7.91)

ORIOLES (91-67)
McLouth LF
Hardy SS
Davis RF
Jones CF
Wieters C
Thome DH
Reynolds 1B
Flaherty 2B
Machado 3B
Pitching: LHP Joe Saunders (8-13, 4.09)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI

Red Sox vs. Saunders: Pedroia 8-29, Loney 8-27, Ellsbury 5-16, Podsednik 4-11, Salty 1-11, Aviles 1-5, Ross 2-4, DeJesus 1-3.

Orioles vs. Stewart: Hardy 3-4, Jones 0-4, Reynolds 1-2, Thome 1-2, Andino 1-2, Davis 1-2, McLouth 1-2, Wieters 1-1.

Stat of the Day: The Orioles have scored 25 runs in their last three games, 21 by home runs.

Notes: The Sox turn their lonely eyes to Stewart to try to avoid a three-game sweep. The 26-year-old, who was obtained from Chicago in the Kevin Youkilis trade, is making his second appearance of the season with the Sox. The first one, against the Angels on Aug. 29 in Anaheim, didn't go so well as Stewart allowed nine runs on 10 hits over three innings. He is 2-8, 7.16 in his previous 13 career starts. One cause for hope: Stewart faced the O's on June 16, 2011 and allowed two runs over seven innings. ... Saunders is 2-3, 3.62 in six start for the Orioles since being obtained from the Diamondbacks. He is 4-2, 4.17 in nine career starts against the Sox, the last in 2010. ... Baltimore is tied with the Yankees for first place in the division. ... The Sox have lost four straight and eight of nine. They are 26-46 since the All-Star break. ... The Sox have not lost 90 games since 1966.

Song of the Day: "Burning Down The House" by Talking Heads.

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