American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 15th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (41-28) at Baltimore Orioles (39-29), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - John Lackey (3-5, 3.14)
Baltimore - Freddy Garcia (3-3, 4.47)
(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles take aim at their sixth consecutive
home victory over the Boston Red Sox as the AL East rivals take the field for
the third chapter of a four-game set at Camden Yards.
After winning the first two games of the series, the Orioles are just 1 1/2
games behind the Red Sox for first place in the division. Baltimore took a 2-0
win on Friday as Chris Tillman pitched six-plus shutout innings and the
bullpen followed with three scoreless frames.
"I thought it was good. Early, I struggled with command a little bit with all
my pitches," Tillman said. "I was able to make an adjustment mid-game. Kind of
went with (catcher Matt) Wieters from there and started attacking the zone a
First baseman Chris Davis hit a solo home run in the second inning on Friday
to mark his MLB-leading 22nd of the year. Manny Machado became the youngest
player in franchise history to hit 30 doubles in a season and extended his
season-long hitting streak to 12 games for Baltimore.
The Orioles will send Freddy Garcia to the hill on Saturday. Garcia took a
winning decision last time out after giving up only two runs over six innings
versus the Angels before a rain delay ended his start earlier than
anticipated. The right-hander has won three of his past four starts and comes
in with a 3-3 record and a 4.47 ERA.
Boston was unsuccessful on Friday despite a decent showing from starter Ryan
Dempster, who pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed just five hits during his time
on the mound.
"Sometimes you just get outpitched. There is really nothing you can do about
it," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We don't get shut out very often.
It's kind of a rarity. We'll just bounce back (Saturday)."
On Saturday, the Red Sox will counter with John Lackey, who enters with just a
1-5 record in road starts. The 6-foot-6 veteran starter surrendered four earns
runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last start at Tampa Bay on Monday.
Lackey has never before faced Machado, but Davis is 8-for-17 with two doubles
and a home run off of him in his career.
Farrell will need a better performance out of his offense, which leads the MLB
in runs with 355. Dustin Pedroia has gone just 1-for-9 at the plate through
the first two games of the series. David Ortiz has also fallen into a slump
with only one hit in his last 11 at bats.
Jose Iglesias did his best in an attempt to provide a spark on Friday as he
went 2-for-4 to improve his batting average to .451 on the season. The second-
year third baseman has recorded a multi-hit game in each of his last five
Baltimore is 4-1 against the Red Sox this season after taking 13 of the 18
matchups a year ago.
06/15 10:28:14 ET