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Game 154: Orioles at Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 23, 2012 10:00 AM

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Good morning. Here is a preview of the game:

RED SOX (68-85)
Podsednik CF
Ciriaco 2B
Pedroia DH
Ross RF
Loney 1B
Saltalamacchia C
Valencia 3B
Nava LF
Iglesias SS
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (11-9, 5.08)

ORIOLES (87-64)
McLouth LF
Hardy SS
Jones CF
Wieters C
Reynolds 3B
Ford RF
Davis DH
Machado 3B
Andino 2B
Pitching: RHP Chris Tillman (8-2, 3.22)

Game time: 1:35 p.m.


Red Sox vs Tillman: Pedroia 3-7, Ellsbury 1-6, Valencia 1-3, Aviles 1-2, Ciriaco 1-1, Podsednik 1-2, Ross 1-2, Salty 0-2.

Orioles vs. Doubront: Davis 1-5, Jones 2-5, Wieters 0-4, Andino 0-4, Betemit 0-2, Hardy 0-2, Avery 0-2, Tolleson 1-2.

Stat of the Day: This is hard to believe, but the Sox have trailed at some point in each of their last 32 games.

Notes: The Sox find themselves in the familiar position of needing a win to avoid being swept. They have lost four straight. ... The Orioles have won six straight and 9 of 11. They start the day trailing the Yankees by a game in the division. ... The Sox are 15-33 since Aug. 1. ... The Orioles are 10-4 against the Red Sox and 7-1 at Fenway. ... Doubront has pitched well in his last two starts, giving up five earned runs on five hits over 12.1 innings. He has walked 10, however. Doubront faced the Orioles on May 22 and allowed two runs in six innings in a 4-1 loss. The Sox are 16-11 in games Doubront has started. ... Tillman is 0-1, 5.7 in three career starts against the Sox. He faced them Aug. 16 in Baltimore and allowed three runs on six hits over 4.2 innings. ... Lavarnway has four extra-base hits and nine RBIs in his last nine starts. ... The Sox are 33-45 at home. Only the Twins (29-46) have more losses at home in all of baseball. The Rockies also have 45.

Song of the Day: "Wreck On The Highway" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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