The Red Sox will head to Baltimore for a rematch with the team exchanged blows with in a benches-clearing brawl just over a week ago.
Of course, hostile territory might not be the most accurate description in the world for Camden Yards. Much like with Tropicana Field, whenever the Red Sox are in town, Camden Yards has a tendency to transform into "Fenway South," with Sox fans taking over the venue, matching if not outstripping the supply of Orioles fans.
But where things will be hostile is the field. While David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg (the principal actors in the conflict) are both likely to be suspended for the entirety of the series, tempers could well still be running high.
One man who will take center stage in the series didn't even play in any of the games last time. Carl Crawford is back after missing the last month with an injured hamstring. The question for the Sox will be whether they get April Crawford, or the Crawford who they were expecting when they signed him.
Boston Red Sox (57-36) @ Baltimore Orioles (38-54)
Monday, July 18, 7:05 p.m.
Tim Wakefield (5-3, 4.74 ERA) vs. Brad Bergesen (1-6, 5.65 ERA)
Tuesday, July 19, 7:05 p.m.
Kyle Weiland (0-0, 13.50 ERA) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-13, 4.45 ERA)
Wednesday, July 20, 12:35 p.m.
Andrew Miller (3-1, 5.68 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (9-6, 5.10 ERA)