After losing yet again last night, the Boston Red Sox look to avoid being swept again this afternoon in the finale of a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 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.
Zach Stewart makes his second start in a Red Sox uniform and third overall (20th appearance) this season. In his previous 19 appearances (two starts) with the White Sox and Red Sox, Stewart is 1-3 with a 7.91 ERA. Both of his appearances against the Orioles this season came as a member of the White Sox in which he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (1 ER/2 IP). He's made three appearances (one start) against the Orioles and is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA (3 ER/9 IP).
Joe Saunders makes his seventh start for the Orioles and 28th overall this season. In his six starts with the Orioles, Saunders is 2-3 with a 3.62 ERA. In his combined 27 starts with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Orioles, he is 8-13 with a 4.09 ERA. He last faced the Red Sox in 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when he he took the loss after allowing seven runs in four innings of work. Saunders has made nine career starts against the Red Sox and is 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA.
Click on the read more button below to see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the overnight and day if you're on the home page.
Here are today's lineups:69-89 91-67 1. Jacoby Ellsbury
CF 1. Nate McLouth
LF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. J.J. Hardy
SS 3. Cody Ross RF 3. Chris Davis RF 4. Mauro Gomez 1B 4. Adam Jones
CF 5. Danny Valencia
3B 5. Matt Wieters C 6. Ryan Lavarnway C 6. Jim Thome
DH 7. Daniel Nava
LF 7. Mark Reynolds 1B 8. Pedro Ciriaco DH 8. Ryan Flaherty
2B 9. Jose Iglesias
SS 9. Manny Machado 3B Zach Stewart
SP Joe Saunders
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
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Birds continue to have Sox' number [boston herald]
Infield partnership [boston herald]
Niemann pleased to have dream job [boston herald]
Orioles clip Red Sox, 4-3 [csn new england]
Doubront proves to be viable starter [csn new england]
Ellsbury returns; Melancon showing improvement [csn new england]
Rapid Reaction: Orioles 4, Red Sox 3 [espn boston]
Stewart looking to redeem himself in second Red Sox start [projo sox blog]
Ellsbury refuses to disclose nature of injury [projo sox blog]
Arnie Beyeler was the last manager to see Mike Trout struggle [projo sox blog]
Stewart aims to slow down O's in series finale [redsox.com]
Valentine an admirer of O's legend Robinson [redsox.com]
After attitude adjustment, Melancon on strong run [redsox.com]
Ellsbury bats leadoff in return to lineup [redsox.com]
Scouting Scratch: Notes from The Fort [soxprospects.com]
Ellsbury: 'Numbers will be there' with ABs [alex speier - weei.com]
Building block: Why Felix Doubront's future looks very bright [alex speier - weei.com]
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