The Boston Red Sox (29-35) take on the Baltimore Orioles (32-31) in the rubber game of their three game series. The Red Sox are looking for their first series win since capping a sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 1st.
Brandon Workman overcame a long rain delay to shutout the O's for 6.2 innings to help Boston even the series. He gave up only one hit, which didn't come until there were 2 outs in the 6th inning. Mike Napoli drove in the game's only run with an RBI single in the 3rd inning. There still isn't much offense being produced from this lineup, but this time it was enough.
- Rubby De La Rosa (1-1, 2.84 ERA) gets his 3rd start of the season. He's had mixed results so far and was victimized by the long ball in his last start in Detroit, giving up back-to-back home runs. Now he faces a team that is 3rd in the AL in HRs, led by Nelson Cruz, who leads the majors with 21.
- Happy 26th Birthday, Brock Holt! He has started each of the last two games with a lead-off single and is currently enjoying a 10-game hit streak, so it would only be fitting if he celebrated by extending that streak.
- Jackie Bradley is back in the lineup tonight after sitting out the past two games. He's 3 for 5 against tonight's starter, so now seems like as good a time as any to get him back in there.
- Red Sox GM Ben Cherington spoke to the media yesterday to try to reassure everyone that things are "going to get better." He still believes in this roster and does not foresee the need to make any drastic changes. He preached patience with Stephen Drew, who will need time to get comfortable at the plate. He also wanted to make it clear that he was not pressured into signing him and they still expect Drew to be an important part of this team. If nothing else, his addition has allowed Holt to move to left field to help improve the worst offensive outfield in the majors. If Shane Victorino can get healthy and play up to the level we saw from him last season and Jackie Bradley's struggles at the plate don't negate the value he provides with his glove, the outfield may not end up being that bad after all.
- Wei-Yin Chen (6-2, 4.13 ERA) will be on the mound for Baltimore. He has rebounded from a couple of rough outings in late May with two solid starts this month. He has faced the Red Sox twice this season, splitting the two decisions, but Boston is hitting .364 against him. It seems that's no fluke, as the Sox hit .355 against Chen last year and .293 in 2011. The Red Sox have had a lot of success against Chen and seem to get better each year they see him.
- Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported this week that multiple source have said that the throwing program for Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is not going well and season-ending surgery is becoming increasingly likely. The team is going to continue to wait on that decision until July 1st, but it's not looking good for the former All-Star. He was headed for a career season, hitting .308/.339/.500. All of those numbers would have been career highs if he managed them for a full season, as is his 130 OPS+.
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