Baltimore Orioles (62-89) @ Boston Red Sox (87-65)
Jeremy Guthrie (8-17, 4.22) @ Kyle Weiland (0-2, 7.58)
1:05 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
TV: NESN RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510
The Red Sox look to rebound from losing three of four to the Rays by starting a four-game series with the Orioles. The Red Sox find themselves only two games ahead of the Rays for the AL Wild Card spot. Kyle Weiland will face the Orioles in the day game. It is Weiland’s third start against the Orioles in five career starts. Weiland holds a 0-1 record against the O’s this year with an ugly 8.10 ERA.
Facing the Sox in the day game is Jeremy Guthrie. Although Guthrie is a career 2-7 against the Red Sox, he is 1-1 this year against them with a 1.65 ERA. However, the Red Sox have a .290 average against Guthrie this year. Let’s hope Guthrie’s luck runs out this afternoon.
In a late lineup change, Carl Crawford was scratched due to a sore neck. Darnell McDonald will replace Crawford in left field.
Boston Red Sox
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Marco Scutaro, SS
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Josh Reddick, RF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Mike Aviles, 3B
- Darnell McDonald, LF
- Matt Angle, CF
- J.J. Hardy, SS
- Nick Markakis, RF
- Vlad Guerrero, DH
- Matt Wieters, C
- Chris Davis, 1B
- Robert Andino, 2B
- Nolan Reimold, LF
- Josh Bell, 3B
Boston: Clay Buchholz, lower back strain (placed on 15-day DL June 19, retroactive to June 17); J.D. Drew, left shoulder impingement, broken finger (placed on 15-day DL July 26, placed on 60-day DL September 13); Erik Bedard, left knee, left lat (day to day, will start on September 20); Jed Lowrie, bruised nerve in left shoulder (day-to-day); Kevin Youkilis, left hip bursitis and sports hernia (day-to-day)
Baltimore: Cesar Izturis, left groin strain (placed on 15-day DL August 8); Adam Jones, sore left ankle (day-to-day), Mark Reynolds, head injury (day-to-day)
– The Red Sox have lost 13 of its first 17 games in September. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time this has happened to a division leader entering September since the 1986 Astros. But the Red Sox have also done this before. It was in 1978. You either remember it or have heard of it.
– On September 19, 1996, Mel Parnell shut out the Yankees for the fourth time in a season in a 3-0 Red Sox win. He became the first pitcher since Walter Johnson in 1908 not to give up a run to the Yankees in a full season.
– And for today’s Totally Untrue Fun Fact: Engineers have invented a way to collect the wind energy created by Mark Reynolds’ strikeouts. Using sensors placed in the pockets of his uniform, Reynolds singlehandedly powers three concession stands at Camden Yards.