Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/27/13
12 p.m.: The Red Sox can go a long way in squashing the playoff hopes of one of their division rivals starting Tuesday night in Boston. The Sox return home from a West Coast road trip Monday night to host the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. The O’s come into Boston having lost eight of their last 14 games, and they begin the day 5 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the American League East. Baltimore also sits 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay and Oakland in the wild card race. Felix Doubront will get the ball for the Red Sox in the series opener. He’s coming off one of his best starts of the season last time out, as he went eight innings and gave up just one run against an admittedly hapless San Francisco offense. The southpaw has one start against the O’s this season, and it wasn’t a great one. He gave up four runs — three earned — in 4 2/3 innings of work against Blatimore on June 13, a game the Sox eventually lost 5-4 in Baltimore. Doubront will be opposed by Wei-Yin Chen. The Taiwanese left-hander has had some success against Boston over his young career, going 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA against the Sox. First pitch from Fenway is slated for 7:10 p.m. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Mike Cole
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