American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 19th
(All times eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (8-7) at Boston Red Sox (7-10), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Bud Norris (0-1, 3.75)
Boston - Felix Doubront (1-2, 6.75)
(SportsNetwork,com) - The Boston Red Sox try to get back on the winning track
Saturday when they continue a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles
at Fenway Park.
Boston saw its brief two-game winning streak come to an end in Friday's
opener, as Jonathan Schoop went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI to lead
the Orioles to an 8-4 win.
Nelson Cruz had two RBI and Nick Markakis added a pair of doubles, one RBI and
two runs scored for Baltimore, winners in three straight.
Chris Tillman (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks while
fanning five to pick up the win. Brian Matusz allowed one run over 2 2/3
innings and Darren O'Day threw 1 1/3 scoreless frames to earn his first save
of the season.
"Just being able to trot back on the field a couple times was a pretty cool
feeling. It is nice to go out there and try to put up some zeroes behind
Tilly, who pitched a pretty good ball game," Matusz said.
Brock Holt had two hits and an RBI while Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and
A.J. Pierzynski each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who have now dropped four
John Lackey (2-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking
out six to absorb his second straight loss.
Getting the call for the Red Sox on Saturday will be lefty Felix Doubront, who
is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Doubront lost his second straight start on Sunday in
New York, as the Yankees reached him for three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3
innings. He also walked three batters and has issued seven free passes in 14
"He was good," said Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski. "When he throws the ball
over the plate, he's as good as anybody. I think, what, two of the walks
scored. It just drives his pitch count up. It puts him in situations he
shouldn't be in. other than that, he threw the ball well."
Doubront has faced the Orioles 10 times (6 starts) and is 2-2 with a 4.61 ERA
Baltimore, meanwhile, will counter with righty Bud Norris, who is searching
for his first win of the season. Norris pitched well enough to win his last
start on Saturday against Toronto, as he scattered five hits over seven
scoreless innings, but did not factor in the decision of his team's 2-1 win.
Norris hasn't beaten the Red Sox in three starts against them, posting an 0-1
mark with a 4.15 ERA.
The O's had the upper hand in the head-to-head series last year as they went
11-8 against Boston. This year, though, the AL East rivals have split four
04/19 10:24:39 ET