Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
Tip-off: Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
- Boston: Doubront (4-3, 4.84 ERA)
- Baltimore: Gausman (0-3, 8.84 ERA
The Boston Red Sox would like to create some distance atop the AL East. The Baltimore Orioles are trying to further tighten the fight for number one spot.
Boston’s first baseman Mike Carp will try to continue his offensive surge as tonight his team opens a four-game series with Baltimore at Camden Yards.
The Red Sox (41-26) leads the division, which has the O’s (37-29), the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays within five games of first.
Baltimore is third, 3 1/2 games behind Boston, who took two of three from Tampa Bay following Wednesday’s 2-1 win.
Even when scoring five runs with 13 hits — 12 singles — over the last two games, Boston is hitting .303 with 24 homers while averaging 6.3 runs during a 13-6 stretch.
Carp, 26, has impressed YouWager bettors, going 12 for 25 (.480) with three homers and eight RBIs over his last seven games, increasing his season average 55 points to .330. He’s 3 for 16 in six meetings with Baltimore.
Boston will be sending Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.84 ERA) to the mound. He’s 1/3 with a 5.21 ERA over that span.
The Venezuela native got two runs Saturday, but he gave up three in six innings of a 9-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Doubront can point to the offense for his 0-2 record in three starts against the Orioles — all coming last season. The 25 year-old compiled a 2.70 ERA, while receiving five total runs of help.
Baltimore will try to bounde back from Wednesday’s 9-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, only their second defeat in 10 home games. The O’s have won five of six in Baltimore versus the Red Sox, however they have yet to meet there this MLB season.
The Orioles will counter with Kevin Gausman (0-3, 8.84). The right-hander, selected fourth overall out of LSU Tigers in last year’s draft, has given up seven runs while failing to complete five innings in two of his last three starts. The 22 year-old was tagged for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings of an 8-0 defeat versus the Rays on Saturday.