The Boston Red Sox (28-35) take on the Baltimore Orioles (32-30) in the second game of their series at Camden Yards. Baltimore won the first game of the series behind an 8-inning shutout from Bud Norris, who limited Boston to only 3 hits.
Major league Home Run leader Nelson Cruz went hitless in the game, but all of the Orioles runs came via the long ball, with Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Ryan Flaherty all going deep off Jake Peavy.
The win for the Orioles evened the season series at 4 wins apiece. Boston will need to win at least one of the remaining games to avoid leaving Baltimore with a losing record against their divisional foe.
- Brandon Workman (0-0, 3.74 ERA) will make his third start of the season for Boston. He hasn't given up more than 3 runs in any start so far, but also hasn't lasted more than 5.1 innings and his 1.25 K/BB ratio since joining the rotation leaves a lot to be desired.
- Stephen Drew remains out of the lineup for at least one more game with an oblique issue. Jackie Bradley is also on the bench for the second straight game. Hopefully a couple days off will help him. He's hitting .203 this season, but considering Grady Sizemore isn't much better at the plate (.215) and isn't nearly as good defensively in center field, this hardly seems like a long term solution.
- Chris Tillman (5-2, 5.20 ERA) will be on the mound for Baltimore. He was knocked out after giving up 5 runs in only 1 inning of work in his last start. It's the second time this season he has only made it through 1 inning in a game he started. Only 5 of his first 13 starts have been quality starts.
- Dustin Pedroia is 10 for 32 (.312) in his career against Chris Tillman. The O's starter has faced Boston twice already this year and Pedroia is 2 for 5 with a walk, run and RBI against him.
- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been suspended for 5 games for an incident against Oakland over the weekend. Machado incited a bench clearing brawl by throwing his bat out on to the field in retaliation for being thrown at by reliever Fernando Abad. It wasn't the first issue Machado had with the A's that weekend. He got in the face of Josh Donaldson because he was upset that the A's third baseman tagged him out on the base paths rather than throw to first base for the out. He also hit catcher Derek Norris twice in the same game with the backswing of his bat. Once is an accident, but twice is suspicious. Especially considering Machado didn't even look back to check to see if Norris was ok. These actions scream of a young player with some major immaturity issues. He's a talented youngster, who made the All-Star team last year and the Platinum Glove for being the AL's best defensive player, but he's struggled so far this season. He's hitting .229 this year and scouts say his defense has noticeably declined. His production issues may be related to his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery in the off-season and those struggles on the field may be leading to frustration that is causing him to lash out. The O's need to get their young star under control so he can get back on track. A demotion to the minors may seem unlikely, but it may be a much needed eye opener for Machado, while also giving him a chance to get his swing back. For now, he's likely to appeal his suspension and be back in the lineup tonight.
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