Preview: Orioles at Red Sox

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M/SUNNY 46 °F
Wind: E 12
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Baltimore Orioles (8-8) at Boston Red Sox (8-10)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 20 - 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
LINE: 138, -150 TOTAL: 9


The Boston Red Sox were searching for production from the bottom third of the order and may have found it with Brock Holt. The Red Sox will try to ride Holt’s hot streak to another victory when they host the Baltimore Orioles in the third of a four-game set on Sunday. Holt did not make the team out of spring training but was recalled on Friday after a hot start at Triple-A Pawtucket and is 3-for-7 with a pair of RBIs in two straight starts.

Boston has scored more than four runs only once in its last 10 games, and it took them 14 innings to push across more than four in a 6-4 triumph at Chicago on Wednesday. Holt’s production helps and David Ortiz began to bust out of a slump with a solo home run among two hits on Saturday. The Orioles have dropped three of five meetings with the Red Sox but Nelson Cruz is having no trouble with Boston pitching. The veteran slugger drove in two runs on Saturday and has seven RBIs in the five meetings.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3, 7.31 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Jake Peavy (0-0, 1.93)

Jimenez has not exactly been everything Baltimore hoped for when it signed him to a four-year, $50-million free-agent deal over the winter. The 30-year-old has a history of slow starts and allowed at least four earned runs in each of his first three turns, including four runs over six innings in a loss to Boston on April 2. Jimenez struggles against Red Sox stars Mike Napoli (4-for-7, 2 HRs), Jonny Gomes (5-for-15, 2 HRs) and Dustin Pedroia (7-for-13 with four RBIs).

Peavy has yet to allow more than two earned runs in a start but is winless due to a lack of run support. The 32-year-old allowed one run and three hits while striking out eight over six innings at Chicago on Tuesday but was held out of the decision in a game the Red Sox went on to lose 2-1. Peavy missed the first series with Baltimore and made only one start against the Orioles last season, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) played his first game in extended spring training on Saturday and went 2-for-4 over five innings while also playing in the field.

2. Boston OF Grady Sizemore is 1-for-18 in the last five games.

3. The benches briefly cleared on Saturday after Baltimore RHP Bud Norris threw a pitch up and in on David Ross, who was squaring around to bunt.

PREDICTION:
Red Sox 7, Orioles 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Baltimore 8-8 L1 4-4 4-4 7-6 1-2 0-0 0-0
Boston 8-10 W1 3-5 5-5 4-5 2-1 2-1 0-3

Last Meeting

Baltimore Boston
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/19/14 BAL 2 BOS 4 .156 0 .438 .214 1 .695

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BAL A. Jones .333 6 .789
BOS X. Bogaerts .500 6 1.230
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BAL N. Cruz 2 4 7
BOS D. Ortiz 2 2 4
Pitching ERA Avg K
BAL 3.89 .241 36
BOS 3.48 .287 45
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BAL M. Wieters .314 16 .891
BOS M. Napoli .292 19 .855
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BAL M. Wieters 3 8 10
BOS M. Napoli 3 8 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
BAL 3.97 .262 102
BOS 3.44 .235 158

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -165 140
-120
9
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu
-151
141
-117
8.5
CarbonSports -152 137
105
9
GTBets.eu -151 141
-120
8.5
Top Bet -155 140
105
9
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
SBO.ag -157 137
-120
8.5
BetDSI -155 140
-120
8.5
Sportsbook -152 137
105
9
BookMaker.eu -155 140
-120
8.5
Vegas Odds
LVH OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station -160
145
-120
9
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Baltimore Overall Boston
8-8 W/L 8-10
8-8 RL W/L 8-10
6-9-1 O/U 5-13-0
4.12 Runs For 3.56
4.06 Runs Against 3.89
Baltimore A/H Boston
4-4 W/L 3-5
5-3 RL W/L 3-5
5-3-0 O/U 3-5-0
5.50 Runs For 4.00
4.88 Runs Against 5.00