BOSTON - The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup yet, but the Red Sox have shared their starting nine with us.
For the Red Sox:
Scott Podsednik CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Ryan Sweeney RF
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Aviles SS
Jon Lester LHP
The Orioles swept the Red Sox in three games at Fenway Park on May 4-6 for the first time since June 10-12, 1994. They’ve won eight of their last 11 and 10 of their last 13 games overall against the Red Sox, and have won five straight and six of their last seven games at Fenway Park.
Since Buck Showalter took over as manager on Aug. 3, 2010, the Orioles are 15-15 against the Red Sox (7-8 in Baltimore and 8-7 at Fenway Park). The Orioles won three straight series against Boston from Sept. 19, 2011-May 6, 2012 for the first time since Sept, 17, 1990-June 30, 1991.
The Orioles are 10-8 against the Red Sox since the benches-clearing brawl in Boston on July 7, 2011.
The Orioles are 4-1 following an off-day, not including the first game of the season.
Adam Jones has hit in 23 of his last 24 games, going 33-for-95 (.347).
Matt Wieters has six hits in his last 12 at-bats after posting three hits in his previous 42 at-bats.
Brian Roberts is starting at second base tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, and Zach Britton is on the mound. Miguel Tejada is starting at third base, so forget any rumors that he might be in Boston.
Caleb Joseph is catching for the Tides. Luis Exposito broke his hamate bone yesterday and Joseph has moved up to Norfolk.
In the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles selected left-hander Lex Rutledge of Samford University.
Here’s an MLB.com draft tracker report on Rutledge:
College lefties are always in high demand, and a southpaw reliever who might be able to help quickly will always do well on Draft Day. Rutledge is exactly that type. He has three pitches that could be Major League average at times. The best is his future plus curve, a strikeout pitch that can buckle knees. Rutledge’s fastball tops out at around 91 mph, and he also throws a solid slider. He goes right after hitters and has the right mentality for a short relief role. If anything, he can be too aggressive. The main knock against Rutledge is his overall command. When he gets too ramped up, he tends to overthrow and then can’t consistently locate his pitches. If he can stay within himself on the mound, a future as a left-handed setup man is certainly possible.