American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, June 13th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (41-26) at Baltimore Orioles (37-29), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.84)
Baltimore - Kevin Gausman (0-3, 8.84)
(Sports Network) - Kevin Gausman takes another crack at his first major league
win on Thursday when the Baltimore Orioles begin a four-game series with the
Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards.
Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, has struggled since being
recalled, going 0-3, while pitching to an 8.84 ERA. Gausman was at his worst
on Saturday against Tampa Bay, as he was lit up for seven runs in 4 1/3
innings. He also surrendered seven runs in a loss to Washington back on May
"Obviously, this hasn't gone the way that I would have hoped," said Gausman.
"I wanted to come up here and hit the ground running and win my first four
starts. But it hasn't been like that. I'm just trying to battle every day and
trying to get back to what I've been doing. ... These guys are pretty good,
but there's definitely a learning curve there."
Baltimore had a three-game winning streak stopped on Wednesday, as it dropped
a 9-5 decision to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Chris Davis and Adam
Jones both had solo homers and drove in two runs for the Orioles, who enter
this series trailing the Red Sox by 3 1/2 games for the American League East
Boston, meanwhile, earned a series win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday, as Alfredo
Aceves turned in six strong innings in an emergency start to help the Red Sox
record a 2-1 victory.
Boston had a three-game win streak halted with Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Rays,
but bounced back behind Aceves' effort and a two-run homer by Daniel Nava that
accounted for the deciding runs.
Pressed into duty after originally-scheduled starter Franklin Morales was
forced to throw the final two innings of Monday's 14-inning victory, Aceves
(3-1) held the Rays to one run on four hits before four Boston relievers
protected the lead with a combined three scoreless frames. Andrew Bailey
fanned two in the ninth to notch his seventh save of the season.
"He was just great tonight," Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of
Aceves. "Fastball was sharp, curveball was sharp. We were able to use
everything for strikes."
Hoping to deliver the Red Sox their 14th win in 20 tries on Thursday will be
lefty Felix Doubront, who is 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA. Doubront lost to the Angels
on Saturday, as he gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.
Doubront is 0-2 in six games (3 starts) against the Orioles with a 3.13 ERA.
Baltimore is 2-1 against the Red Sox this season after taking 13 of the 18
matchups a year ago.
06/13 10:41:08 ET