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Game 18: Orioles at Red Sox

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (7-10)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Martinez DH
Youkilis 1B
Lowell 3B
Varitek C
Hall RF
Hermida LF
McDonald CF

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (1-1, 5.63).

ORIOLES (2-15)
Montanex LF
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Tejada 3B
Wieters C
Scott DH
Wigginton 2B
Hughes 1B
Izturis SS

Pitching: LHP Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.34).

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.

State of the Sox: The Red Sox have won three of their last four games and are 3-5 on a homestand that has two games left.

Lackey seeks rebound: John Lackey allowed eight runs on nine hits over only 3.1 innings against Tampa Bay in his last start. He is 8-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 12 starts against the Orioles in his career.


O’s woes: The Orioles have lost four straight and 13 of their last 14. They are 1-14 at Fenway Park since July 12, 2008.

Sweeping success: The Red Sox have won seven straight against Baltimore since last July 26.

Easy pickings: Jonathan Papelbon has allowed two earned run over 30.1 career innings against Baltimore.

He’s the man: Matusz has won both of the games the Orioles have won this season.

The good lately: Jeremy Hermida is 4 of his last 8. … Bill Hall is 3 of his last 8 with two runs scored, two walks and a sacrifice fly. … Ramon Ramirez has not allowed a run in his last 6.1 innings.


The bad lately: Victor Martinez has gone eight games without an extra-base hit. … The Sox are fifth in baseball with 19 GIDPs. … Opponents have stolen 37 of 39 bases. … Josh Reddick is 1 for 6 since being called up and 11 of 65 (.169) in the majors.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Sox loaded up on right-handed hitters against Matusz. This is one lineup you might not see again this season, at least not too many more times.

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