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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 23:02

Boston Red Sox (41-26) - Baltimore Orioles (37-29) Series Preview

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The 37-29 Baltimore Orioles will start a four game series with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. The Orioles are staying in the division and wild card race and their offense has carried them this season. 

The Orioles are in the top 10 in four different hitting categories, runs, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. First baseman Chris Davis is having an even better season than he did in 2012.

Davis is batting .335 and leads the majors in homeruns with 21. Davis also has 52 RBIs, and has an OPS of 1.099

Adam Jones has also had an all-star type season with 14 homeruns and 45 RBIs. Davis and Jones along with Manny Machado have been the best Orioles hitters this season. The Red Sox starting pitchers will have to step up and pitch better if they expect to contain the Orioles offense. 

The Red Sox haven't gotten consistent starting pitching from anyone not named Clay Buchholz. Ryan Dempster, who is scheduled to pitch Friday night, has been inconsistent all season. 

While Felix Doubront, who pitches Thursday Night, has pitched well in his last five starts. After his poor start to the season, Doubront has not allowed more than three runs in his last five starts. His last poor outing was the 15-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins on May 8. 

Jon Lester has come back to Earth after his excellent start to the season. Lester has a 4.60 in last five starts and has allowed six hits or more in five of his six starts.

The four game series will start at 7:05 in Baltimore and these are the projected pitchers:

Red Sox vs.   Orioles

Doubront vs. Gausman

Dempster vs. Tillman

Lackey vs. Garcia

Buchholz vs. Gonzalez