Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/13/13
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5:32 p.m.: Thursday’s lineups have been posted. Take a look below. Red Sox (41-26) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Stephen Drew, SS Felix Doubront, LHP (4-3, 4.84 ERA) Orioles (37-29) Nate McLouth, LF Manny Machado, 3B Nick Markakis, RF Adam Jones, CF Chris Davis, 1B Matt Wieters, C J.J. Hardy, SS Danny Valencia, DH Ryan Flaherty, 2B Kevin Gausman, RHP (0-3, 8.84 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are handling their difficult stretch of games well thus far. It won’t get any easier on Thursday, though, as the Sox travel to Baltimore to open up a four-game set with the Orioles. The O’s enter Thursday’s contest trailing the Sox by three games in the American League East. They, like the Red Sox, boast one of the AL’s most potent offenses. But while the Orioles’ defense has been tremendous, their pitching has been suspect, and that will obviously need to change if they expect to be contenders again this season. This series is a huge opportunity for both teams to prove themselves. Right now, the Red Sox look like the most balanced team in the AL East and one of the best teams in all of baseball. A good showing against the O’s will allow them to flex their muscle even more. The Orioles, meanwhile, would like to show that they’re still very much a force to be reckoned with. Felix Doubront will take the ball on Thursday. The left-hander gave up three earned runs over six innings in a 9-5 loss to the Angels on Saturday. He’ll need to continue improving, especially with Jon Lester going through some struggles and Clay Buchholz battling an injury issue. Thursday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tune in on NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com.

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