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Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer Is tonight the night the Boston Red Sox (92-61) clinch a postseason berth? Or is it the night the Baltimore Orioles (81-70) win the season series against the Sox, taking their 10th game in 16 tries? Only time will tell us that answer, but the past two nights have produced outstanding baseball games. The Sox wound up on the losing end of both and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this September. They’ll look to get back on track tonight and clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win. It will be John Lackey on the mound attempting to avoid the sweep. Lackey hasn’t necessarily been himself over the last two outings, giving up 11 runs on 15 hits. In his last start against Baltimore on Aug. 28, Lackey allowed three runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings. He picked up a no-decision, but the Red Sox won 4-3. Overall, Lackey is 9-12 with a 3.56 ERA and many think he will get the ball early in a postseason series. Here is the lineup for the Red ...
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