Red Sox Vs. Orioles: Tuesday's Game Rained Out At Fenway Park

The Red Sox return home for a two-game series against the Orioles, hoping to build on a sweep of the Yankees that brought them to .500 for the first time this season. Read more at Over The Monster and Camden Chat.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles: Tuesday's Game Postponed At Rainy Fenway

The Red Sox and Orioles’ two-game series has been shortened to one as a rain-soaked Fenway has caused Tuesday night’s game to be postponed.

The Red Sox can count themselves lucky, quite frankly. Not only will they avoid having to face young Orioles ace Zach Britton now, but they will have an opportunity to reset their suddenly injury-wracked rotation for the upcoming stretch of 15 straight games without a day off.

No news yet on when the game will be made up, but with the Orioles still set to come to Boston two more times this year, there should be plenty of opportunities to fit it in.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Lineups: Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew Sit Against Zach Britton

The Red Sox' offense put up eight runs on the Orioles Monday, but today they face a different kind of pitcher--one that requires a different kind of lineup.

With lefty Zach Britton on the mound, Terry Francona has opted to stack the outfield with right-handed hitters, giving J.D. Drew and Carl Crawford the day off.

The rest of the lineup, however, looks fairly standard:

Boston Red Sox (21-20)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Jed Lowrie, SS
  7. Mike Cameron, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Darnell McDonald, LF
SP: Tim Wakefield (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

Baltimore Orioles (19-21)
  1. Robert Andino, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Adam Jones, CF
  4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
  5. Luke Scott, LF
  6. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  7. Matt Wieters, C
  8. J.J. Hardy, SS
  9. Jake Fox, 1B
SP: Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42 ERA)
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Red Sox 8, Orioles 7: Red Sox Walk Off On Adrian Gonzalez' Double

The Red Sox overcame a 6-0 deficit to walk off against the Orioles, 8-7.

With the Sox having spent the top end of their rotation against the Yankees, they turned to Daisuke Matsuzaka, hoping he could flourish against a less-impressive Orioles offense. The results were less than impressive. The very first pitch of the ballgame was shot back up the middle and into Daisuke's gut for a base hit. From there, it seemed more like Daisuke had been hit in the head, allowing three walks and a double to the O's to give them an early 2-0 lead. They made it 3-0 in the third on a pair of singles and yet another walk.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox offense was up to its old tricks, leaving the bases loaded in the first, and stranding two more runners in each of the fourth and fifth innings. So with Daisuke having allowed a couple more runs in the fifth (on, surprise of surprises, two more walks--he gave up seven in total) before being pulled for Scott Atchison, who gave up another in the sixth, the game seemed well and truly over. The Orioles had gotten five scoreless frames out of Chris Tillman, the Sox had given up six in six between Daisuke and Atchison. Just another disappointing Red Sox loss in a dissapointing Red Sox season.

Except that was when the Red Sox woke up. With Michael Gonzalez in to replace Tillman, J.D. Drew got them off on the right foot by singling to left, and then got them on the board when Jed Lowrie doubled him home. Carl Crawford seemed ready to break the momentum when he chopped a ground ball to third base, but Mark Reynolds fumbled the ball and everyone was safe. When Jason Varitek managed to line a 1-2 slider into right for a hit, it was clear something was happening.

The O's almost shut things down right then and there, though. Jacoby Ellsbury hit the ball hard, but Luke Scott reeled in the line drive to get the out, and when Jeremy Accardo relieved Gonzalez and got Pedroia to fly out to center, the Sox seemed ready to strand some more baserunners. Adrian Gonzalez was having none of it, shooting a single to left, and then scoring along with Jason Varitek when Kevin Youkilis doubled off the wall, bringing the Sox within one run.

The seventh inning proved a roller coaster ride. Alfredo Aceves took over on the mound, and quickly left a slider up in the zone to Mark Reynolds, who made him pay with a towering shot over the wall in center. The Red Sox responded in the bottom half of the inning after Jed Lowrie led the frame off with a triple, but the Sox stranded two runners when Adrian Gonzalez struck out swinging, and two more in the bottom of the eighth.

With Aceves managing to hold the Orioles at seven for the last three innings, though, the Sox still had a chance in the ninth. For a second, it seemed as though Jason Varitek was going to lead off the frame with a game-tying homer, but the ball died on the track, leading to out number one. 

That was the last out the Orioles would get. Jacoby Ellsbury took advantage of Kevin Gregg's typical wildness by drawing a five pitch walk, but Dustin Pedroia had to practically manufacture one, fouling off three pitches with two strikes to draw a nine-pitch walk on a ball in the dirt. Up stepped the one man the Sox would want at the plate: Adrian Gonzalez. Greggs wasn't going to risk giving up another walk, throwing a backdoor slider hooking into the strike zone low-and-away. That's the one place you don't want to throw a ball to Gonzalez. His opposite-field swing looked as effortless as usual, and sent the ball high off the wall. Ellsbury raced home to tie the game, and Pedroia came in behind him, well ahead of the throw to give the Red Sox the walkoff win.

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Red Sox Vs. Orioles: Boston Aims To Build On .500 Against Baltimore

After 40 games, the Red Sox finally reached a .500 record with a three-game sweep of the Yankees. Now, with the Orioles in town for a short two-game set, the Sox will have to rely on the back end of their rotation to keep them there.

Unfortunately, this hasn't been the best of matchups for the Boston Red Sox of late. After going 9-9 against Baltimore in 2010, the Sox are off to a 1-2 start against the birds this seasons. While the Orioles have been off to a better start then usual, staying out of the A.L. East cellar for much of the season, this is one of the teams the Sox have to beat when given the opportunity.

Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

Monday, May 16, 7:10 p.m.
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 4.64 ERA) vs. Chris Tillamn (2-3, 6.15 ERA)

Daisuke Matsuzaka hasn't been nearly as good in his last couple of starts as he was when he was shutting down the Blue Jays and Angels, but he's still managed to keep the Sox in the game. That might be just what they need against Chris Tillman, who is prone to incredibly weak performances against the stronger lineups of the league. On the other hand, Tillman has also shown the ability to put up some shutout performances, which could be bad for what has been an at times streaky Boston lineup.

Tuesday, May 17, 7:10 p.m.
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John Lackey (2-5, 8.01 ERA) vs. Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42 ERA)

It doesn't take an expert to realize that this is a pretty terrible matchup for the Sox. The last time he saw them, Britton held the Red Sox to just a lone run through six innings, thwarting their attempt to reach .500. If Daisuke can't get the job done on Monday, then Boston could be looking at the exact same scenario on Tuesday, as it's hard to imagine John Lackey holding the Orioles--or anyone, for that matter--scoreless anytime soon. He's been an unmitigated disaster in his last two outings, allowing 17 runs in 11 innings. If there's any consolation, it's that Lackey's last turnaround came just as quickly. One game he's allowing six to the Yankees, the next he's keeping the Athletics quiet for six.

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