American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 16th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (42-28) at Baltimore Orioles (39-30), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (6-3, 4.12)
Baltimore - Miguel Gonzalez (4-2, 3.71)
(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox will take aim at a series tie as they
battle the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of the four-game set at Camden
Baltimore had won its previous six home games versus the Red Sox going into
Saturday, but the visitors held on late for a 5-4 triumph in the third game of
the series on Saturday.
"Any win is good," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "This is a very good
team. They've somewhat carved out a characteristic over the last year-plus,
two years of late-inning comebacks."
Mike Carp hit a two-run home run and Jonny Gomes added a solo shot for the Red
Sox, who also had runs driven in by Dustin Pedroia and Stephen Drew. Although
David Ortiz hit his second triple of the season in the win, he is still just
2-for-15 in his last four games.
Rookie third baseman Jose Iglesias continued his consistent production as he
went 1-for-3 with a walk. Iglesias has been held hitless just once in the 22
games he has had multiple at-bats in this season and is currently on a 16-game
Jon Lester will start for Boston in place of the injured Clay Buchholz on
Sunday. After winning his first six games this season, Lester has watched his
ERA rise from 2.72 to 4.12 while accumulating three losses and a pair of no-
decisions over his past five outings. Lester lasted only 4 2/3 innings on
Tuesday as he gave up seven runs to Tampa Bay.
"I feel great," Lester said after his most recent setback. "I honestly do. I
know pitch count's been a thing this year, but tonight I felt great. Probably
the best I've felt all season. It just comes down to commanding the baseball,
whether you have nagging stuff, minor stuff, whatever it is -- commanding the
baseball is simple, and I didn't do that."
The Orioles will counter will Miguel Gonzalez, who was very much in the zone
in his last appearance. Gonzalez gave up only one run over a season-high eight
innings against the Angels on Tuesday as he collected his second consecutive
Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to a career-
best 13 games on Saturday as he finished 2-for-4, including his MLB-leading
31st double. Machado has already become the youngest player in club history to
accumulate 30 doubles in a season and has gone 20-for-47 in his last 11 games
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis belted his MLB-leading 22nd homer of the
season on Friday, but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the third game of
the series. Davis is 0-for-13 with two strikeouts in his career versus Lester.
Baltimore is 4-2 against the Red Sox this season after taking 13 of the 18
matchups a year ago. Boston holds a 2 1/2-game lead over the hosts for first
place in the AL East heading into Sunday.
06/16 10:28:01 ET