Orioles (56-81) at Boston (79-58)
After winning back-to-back games to take a series from playoff contending Texas, the O's begin a five-game road trip tonight that will take them to Boston and New York.
The O's are a combined 1-12 in those parks this season.
Pitching Matchups in Boston:
Tues, 7:05 p.m. - David Hernandez (4-6, 4,54) v. Clay Buchholz (4-3, 4.40).
Wed, 7:05 p.m. - Jason Berken (4-11, 6.07) v. Paul Byrd (1-1, 7.56).
Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven innings on Sunday as the O's blanked Texas 7-0 for their third shutout of the year.
Over his last four starts, Guthrie is 3-1, 1.33. Over the last 16 games, O's starters have worked to an ERA of 3.28.
O's pitching gave up just one run in the last 17 innings of the series vs. Texas. In the three games, they held Texas to nine runs on 21 hits.
The O's picked up just their second series win since the All-Star break.
Boston lost to Chicago Monday afternoon and dropped three of four in that series. Boston has lost four of six since a stretch where the Sox won seven of eight games.
The Red Sox, who are 25-24 in the second half, scored just 10 runs in the series vs. Chicago.
Boston begins play today nine games back of New York for the AL East lead, but 2 1/2 games ahead of Texas atop the Wild Card standings.
Boston has hit at least one homer in 18 of the past 23 games, with 38 total in that stretch.
Victor Martinez is batting .351 (13 for 37) during a ten-game hitting streak. Jason Bay is just two RBI shy of reaching 100 for the second year in a row and fourth time in his career.
The Orioles are just 2-11 vs. Boston this year, including a mark of 1-5 at home and 1-6 in Boston. The O's team ERA this year vs. the Sox is 6.77.
Boston has scored 90 runs on the year vs. the Orioles with a team average of .325 and 17 homers.
O's rookies Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters have combined this year to hit .375-1-5 vs. Boston with 21 hits in 56 at bats.
The Red Sox have won nine straight series vs. the Orioles and swept three at Camden Yards in early August when the clubs last met. In that three-game set, Boston scored 28 runs on 47 hits.
O's hitters, 2009 vs. Boston:
Reimold: 12-31/1/3 with 3 doubles
Roberts: 16-54/0/3 with 9 runs