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       === Red Sox await playoff opponent, conclude set at Baltimore ===
 
 (Sports Network) - Having already locked up the AL East title and the top seed
 for the playoffs, the only thing that's left for the Boston Red Sox is to find
 out  if  they'll be playing  the Indians, Rays  or Rangers in the best-of-five
 Division Series.
 
 At  task for the Red Sox today will be to close the regular season against the
 Baltimore  Orioles at Camden  Yards. A victory today would give the Red Sox 98
 wins for the first time since 2004, when they won the World Series.
 
 The  Sox, who  locked up the top  seed yesterday when Oakland lost at Seattle,
 were  6-5 losers  last night. Steve Pearce delivered a go-ahead two-run double
 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
 
 "We  would have liked  this game to finish up a little bit differently, but to
 know going into the postseason that for every series that we go into with that
 home-field  advantage, being  able to  play in  front of  Fenway fans  and how
 comfortable  and successful we've been at home, this is a good thing," Red Sox
 manager John Farrell said.
 
 Pearce  finished with  three RBI and Brian  Roberts added a solo homer for the
 Orioles, who have won three of their last four games.
 
 "He's a pro, that's why every body respects him so much," Orioles manager Buck
 Showalter  said of  Pearce. "He's  always willing  to do  what's best  for the
 team."
 
 John Lackey gets the start today for the Red Sox. He tossed a two-hit complete
 game in his last start against the Orioles on Sept. 19 at Fenway Park. He then
 suffered  a loss at Colorado on Tuesday after giving up six hits and four runs
 in six innings.
 
 In 23 career games against the Orioles, Lackey is 13-5 with a 3.35 ERA.
 
 Chris  Tillman is 0-2  over his last three starts, but the right-hander gets a
 chance to end a strong season at home on a positive note today. In his 17 home
 starts, he is 8-3 with a 3.88 ERA. In 10 career starts against Boston, Tillman
 is 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA
 
 The  Orioles,  who are  10-8 against  the Red  Sox in  2013, have clinched the
 season series against Boston for second straight year for the first time since
 the  1991-92 seasons.  A win in the  rubber match of this three-game set would
 give the O's their 11th series in the last 14 sets against the Red Sox.
 
 09/29 09:57:57 ET