Other than the fireworks involving a new manager on the Baltimore side, pretty quiet day here for the Sox. Terry Francona said he spoke to fired manager Dave Trembley and wished him well and spoke about his first experience being fired by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Otherwise, Mike Cameron was taking early hitting and Francona didn't rule out using him as a pinch-hitter if Cameron came through the session with flying colors. The Jacoby Ellsbury situation remains the same and he's here with the team working out.
Francona continues to work with a limited roster, but he said it doesn't make things harder but rather easier in some ways.
"It's easier in some ways because you go into a game knowing what you have. When you don't have guys available you just go play," Francona said. That doesn't mean Francona wants an unhealthy roster.
Clay Buchholz loves pitching against the Orioles. he was 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA last season
in three starts and he threw a no-hitter against Baltimore Sept. 1, 2007. Buchholz has six quality starts, tying him with Jon Lester and John Lackey to lead the team.
Not many Orioles hitters have had any luck against the righthander, who has won four straight games. Nick Markakis is 2-for-13, Like Scott 1-for-10, Miguel Tejada 0-for-4, Ty Wigginton 1-for-6, Cesar Izturis 0-for-4 and Adam Jones 1-for-4. The only Sox hitter who has faced rookie Chris Tillman is Marco Scutaro, 1-for-2.
Tons of Red Sox fans are expected here this weekend with plenty of good seats up for sale. The Orioles are down about 6,361 fans and have draswn 498,858 in 23 dates at Camden Yards.
We don't think the Red Sox have interest in Gary Matthews Jr. who was designated for assignment by the Mets after hitting .190 in 65 plate appearances, but it may something to think about. The Angels are paying all but $500,000 of Matthews' $11 million salary this season.