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   === Red Sox nearing homefield advantage, continue set against Orioles ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - The  Boston Red Sox  have two chances  to clinch the best
 record in the American League Saturday.
 
 The  Red Sox  can secure the AL's No.  1 seed if Oakland loses at Seattle this
 afternoon,  or if  Boston wins tonight against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden
 Yards.
 
 The  AL East  champions turn to Jon  Lester for his final start of the regular
 season.  Lester, a candidate to pitch Game 1 of the AL Division Series, is 3-0
 over  his last four  starts and hasn't lost since Aug. 29 against the Orioles.
 The lefty has given up a total of two runs over his last two starts.
 
 Lester has dominated the Orioles in his career with a 15-3 mark and a 2.80 ERA
 in  24  contests. The downside is  he's 1-2 with  a 4.00 ERA against them this
 season. He is 1-3 in his last four decisions versus Baltimore.
 
 Wei-Yin  Chen takes the mound for the Orioles. Chen hasn't received a decision
 in his last five starts and has only one win over his previous 10 appearances.
 The lefty is 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA in six games when facing the Red Sox.
 
 Daniel  Nava and David Ortiz each slugged a three-run homer, as Boston crushed
 Baltimore, 12-3, Friday night. Stephen Drew added two hits and drove in three,
 with  Jonny Gomes hitting  a solo shot for the Red Sox, who have taken five of
 seven.
 
 Clay  Buchholz (12-1) capped his season with seven effective innings, allowing
 seven hits and three runs while fanning four.
 
 "It's  a  good stepping stone,"  Buchholz said. "I'm  just glad the team could
 score all those runs. There wasn't a whole lot of stress in the outing today."
 
 Adam Jones launched a two-run shot and Chris Davis contributed a homer for the
 Orioles, who have dropped seven of their last nine.
 
 Scott  Feldman (5-6) was tagged in defeat for eight hits and as many runs over
 just 2 1/3 frames.
 
 "It would've been nice to finish up a little stronger heading to the offseason
 coming  off a  good game,"  Feldman said.  "But the  bottom line  is, we  all,
 everybody  in here, wanted to make the playoffs and we didn't do it. Hopefully
 next year we'll get in there."
 
 The Orioles have a 9-8 edge on the Red Sox this season.
 
 
 09/28 09:39:39 ET