Game 25: Red Sox at Orioles

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (11-13)
Scutaro SS
Pedroia 2B
Drew RF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Lowell 3B
Varitek C
McDonald LF
Van Every CF

Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-0, 7.22).

ORIOLES (6-18)
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Wigginton 2B
Tejada 3B
Scott DH
Reimold LF
Hughes 1B
Tatum C
Lugo SS

Pitching: RHP Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38).

Game time: 1:35 p.m.


State of the Sox: The Sox have lost two straight against the Orioles after sweeping three games in Toronto. They are six games out of first place and are 3-2 on a road trip that ends today. They open a four-game homestand against the Angels tomorrow.


Back to Beckett: The righthander was hit hard against the Blue Jays on Monday, giving up eight runs on nine hits and three walks over three innings. Beckett is 6-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 12 career starts against the Orioles. That includes 5-1, 3.04 in eight starts at Camden Yards.

The woes against the O’s: The Red Sox are 2-3 against the Orioles this season, getting outscored 33-30. The Orioles are 3-16 in their other 19 games, getting outscored 97-54.

Milestone watch: Terry Francona is four games away from having managed 1,000 games for the Red Sox. … Kevin Youkilis is three home runs shy of 100 for his career.

Close calls: The Red Sox are 6-4 in games decided by one run and 3-3 in games decided by two runs. … The Sox are 1-4 in extra-inning games.

Hot streaks: Adrian Beltre has hit in eight straight at 15 of 30. He is up to .345 for the season. … Marco Scutaro is 9 of 23 on the road trip with five runs scored.

Cooling off: Darnell McDonald is 3 of 18 on the trip.

On the iPod right now: The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash.

Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 9:52 a.m.: If you’re not reading the blog done by PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard, you should be. There’s a lot of good stuff in there.


For instance, the PawSox added an infielder on Saturday as Boston acquired 25-year-old Niuman Romero from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Romero played for Torey Lovullo in Columbus last year before earning a September promotion to Cleveland where he batted .143 (2-for-14) in 10 games.

Romero seems to be a replacement for Kevin Frandsen, who was DFA’d a few days ago to make room on the 40-man roster for Alan Embree.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: The Orioles changed their lineup. Wieters is out, which is a break for the Sox.

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