The Boston Red Sox (39-47) finish their weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles (46-40) Sunday afternoon. The two teams split a doubleheader yesterday after Friday's game was washed out.
John Lackey had another rough outing in the nightcap, surrendering 10 hits and 5 runs in 5.1 innings. He did mix in a season high 11 strikeouts but also gave up a pair of home runs that did him in. Nelson Cruz led the way for the O's, going 5 for 5 and blasting his major league leading 27th home run.
Boston could use a win in the finale of this series so they can start to make up some ground on the division leading Orioles.
- Jake Peavy (1-7, 4.82 ERA) takes the hill for Boston. He's allowing an .813 OPS to opposing hitters this season, which is the second highest in the AL among qualified starters. He's walked 40 batters (10th most in the league), surpassing last year's total already and putting him on pace for the most walks he's allowed since 2003 – his first full season in San Diego.
- Stephen Drew homered in both games of yesterday's doubleheader to record his only HRs of the season. Maybe he just likes playing against Baltimore. Over the past three seasons, Drew is batting .266/.351/.609 against Orioles pitching. His 5 HRs and 16 RBI against them are the most he has against any team over that span.
- Xander Bogaerts has been dropped to 9th in the lineup for the first time all season. He's hitless in his last 7 games and 0 for his last 27 at the plate to drop his season average to .238. He also had only 1 walk over that stretch after walking only 3 times the entire month of June.
- A.J. Pierzynski is getting the day off after catching last night and serving as the DH in the first game of the doubleheader. David Ross will be behind the dish, playing on consecutive days for only the second time all season.
- Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.86 ERA) gets the start for Baltimore. He had been rolling through three straight wins in June, where he surrendered a total of only 2 runs over 19 innings, before taking the loss last time out against the Tampa Bay Rays. He gave up 5 runs in 5 innings in that one, walking a season high four batters.
- Nelson Cruz gets most of the publicity in this Baltimore lineup for all the long balls he hits, but Adam Jones has been the team's best player. He's 7th in the AL in batting average (.309) and tied with Dustin Pedroia for 12th in WAR (3.1). He can't match Cruz's power, but his 16 HRs is still good enough for 12th in the league and he's a better all around player.
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