Game 23: Red Sox at Orioles

Fresh from a day off, the Red Sox start a three-day series at Camden Yards. Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (11-11)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Martinez C
Youkilis 1B
Drew RF
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Hermida LF
McDonald CF

Pitching: RHP John Lackey (2-1, 5.09).

ORIOLES (4-18)
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Wieters C
Tejada 3B
Scott LF
Wigginton 2B
Hughes DH
Atkins 1B
Izturis SS

Pitching: RHP David Hernandez (0-3, 4.84).

Game time: 7:05 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have won three straight, five of six and seven of nine. They are 6-3 on the road.


Close calls: Each of the last nine games have been decided by three runs or less.

Rough road: The schedule-makers didn’t do the Orioles any favors. Check out their slate:

April 23-25: At Boston
April 27-29: vs. New York
April 30-May 2: vs. Boston
May 3-5: At New York

That’s 12 games in 13 days against the Red Sox and Yankees. The Orioles are 2-4 in that stretch so far.

They’re hot: Adrian Beltte has hit in six straight at 10 of 21. … Marco Scutaro is 6 of his last 14. … Dustin Pedroia is 8 of 21 with six runs scored.

Daniel Bard throws wicked hard: The righthander has struck out eight of the last 10 batters he has faced. He had issues with lefty hitters last season but they are 2 for 25 against him this year.

They meet again: Lackey beat the Orioles on Saturday, allowing three runs over seven innings. He is 9-3, 3.21 in 13 career starts against the Orioles and 4-3, 3.72 in seven starts at Camden Yards.

Rested and ready? Hikdei Okajima has had three days off. He needed the respite after giving up five runs on eight hits over a span of two innings.

Pitching prowess: Sox hurlers have allowed one run on nine hits with 19 strikeouts in the last 18 innings.


On the iPod right now: Shattered by The Rollings Stones. Shadoobie.

Back with much more later on.

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