After a day off on Thursday, the Boston Red Sox head out on the the road for the final six games of their miserable 2012 season. They'll kick it off tonight with the first game of a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Orioles television market, you can catch the game on MASN. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Aaron Cook toes the rubber for the 18th tim in what most likely will be the final time in a Red Sox uniform this season. In his previous 17 starts, Cook is 4-10 with a 5.13 ERA. His three career starts against the Orioles have come this season in which he is 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA. He took the loss in his lone Camden Yards start where he allowed two earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.
Chris Tillman makes his 14th start of 2012 for skipper Buck Showalter. In his previous 13 starts, Tillman is 8-2 with a 3.08 ERA. He's made two starts against the visiting nine from Boston this season and has no record with a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP). Tillman has made four career starts against the Red Sox and is 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA.
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Here are today's lineups:69-87 89-67 1. Scott Podsednik
CF 1. Nate McLouth
LF 2. Pedro Ciriaco
3B 2. J.J. Hardy
SS 3. Dustin Pedroia
2B 3. Chris Davis
RF 4. Cody Ross
RF 4. Adam Jones
CF 5. James Loney
1B 5. Jim Thome
DH 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
DH 6. Mark Reynolds
1B 7. Ryan Lavarnway
C 7. Manny Machado
3B 8. Daniel Nava
LF 8. Ryan Flaherty
2B 9. Jose Iglesias
SS 9. Taylor Teagarden
C Aaron Cook
SP Chris Tillman
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
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Varitek: Not saying 'yes' or 'no' to managing [rob bradford - weei.com]
Varitek starts his new career with Red Sox [csn new england]
Jason Varitek reflects on a new role with the Red Sox [extra bases]
Varitek on duties as special assistant: 'It's a huge gray area' [projo sox blog]
Sox can turn tables on AL Wild Card-leading O's [redsox.com]
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