After yesterday's off day the Red Sox (28-26) look to get back on track when they play the Baltimore Orioles (30-24) tonight, weather permitting. It looks as though the game will start on time, but some time between 8 and 9 pm they may have some showers, but hopefully not enough to ppd the game. This series with the Orioles is a big series as the teams are only separated by two games. With the division being separated by only 3 games every game and series is important so the Red Sox need to get back to playing well. Hopefully we'll get Dustin Pedroia back tonight and he can give the team a lift.
Tonight would be a good time for Jon Lester (3-4, 4.79) to turn in his best performance of the season. Is 8 innings of 2 runs or less too much to ask? Maybe. Jason Hammel (6-2, 3.06) pitches for Baltimore. Hammel has been a great pick up for Dan Duquette and the Orioles when they got him from Colorado. He pitched really well against the Red Sox earlier this year in their only match up of the season. It's fair to say that Hammel has been pitching above his ability at least slightly so tonight would be a good time for him to come back to reality. Here's the lineup that I expect Hammel's to be facing tonight:
One of the best parts of the last stretch for the Red Sox has been the play of Salty behind the plate. Here is a great story from boston.com today outlining some of his success. It's got some real interesting behind the scenes stuff about Salty catching or not catching Beckett. It's worth the read.
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