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Game 24: Red Sox at Orioles

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (11-12)
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis, 1BD
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Darnell McDonald LF
Jonathan Van Every CF

Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (season debut).

ORIOLES (5-18)
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

Pitching: RHP Brad Bergesen (0-2, 12.19).

Game time: 7:05 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have won five of their seven and seven of their last 10 but lost 5-4 in 10 innings last night. They left 11 runners on base and committed two errors that led to an unearned run being scored.

The return of Dice-K: Matsuzaka will be activated off the disabled list to make the start. It will be only his 13th start since the beginning of the 2009 season due to assorted injuries and poor conditioning. Matsuzaka was once one of the best starters in the AL, going 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA over a two-year period and making 61 starts. He also was 3-1 with a 4.79 ERA in seven postseason starts.

Matsuzaka started three injury rehab games for Triple-A Pawtucket and dominated, allowing three earned runs over 16.2 innings and striking out 13.

He will likely be limited to 90-95 pitches today, which is typical for a starter in his first major-league game of the season. As to how he will pitch, it’s anybody’s guess. He was 2-1, 2.22 in his final four starts of last season and is 3-1, 4.78 in six career starts against the Orioles.


To the Victor goes … well, not a whole lot: Victor Martinez last had a home home run on April 6, an extra-base hit on April 15 and an RBI on April 20.

Get him in: Jonathan Papelbon has 27 saves in 28 chances against the Orioles in his career and has allowed only three earned runs in 31 appearances. Only future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera (61) and current Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley (28) have more saves against the Orioles.

The good: Adrian Beltre has hit safely in seven straight games at 13 of 26. … Dustin Pedroia is 10 of his last 25 with seven runs scored and five RBI.

Brad’s back: Bergesen is being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk for the start. He was demoted after three poor starts and pitched once in the minors, allowing two runs in seven innings against Charlotte.

Bergesen was 7-5, 3.43 in 19 starts last season. His season ended in July when he was struck on the shin by a line drive. Then in the winter he injured his shoulder — get this — while filming a commercial for the team.

The bad: Beltre has committed four errors in his last eight games. … April was the first losing month for the Sox since they were 11-13 in July of 2008. … Eight players on the team have more RBIs than Martinez (5) or David Ortiz (4).

On the iPod right now: Runaway by Del Shannon.

Back with much more later on. Thanks to the Red Sox media relations staff for some of these notes.

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m.: Jeremy Hermida is out of the lineup with a tight left quad.


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