Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Orioles eye eighth straight win, sweep of Sox

The red-hot Orioles continued their undefeated streak on Tuesday, extending their new club record to 7-0 and enter Wednesday the only undefeated team in the Majors.
Baltimore will send right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound in hopes of sweeping the Red Sox. Jimenez has turned in the longest outing for an Orioles starter this season, going seven innings in picking up his first win against the Twins on Thursday. The righty allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
After a strong finish to last season and a solid Spring Training, Boston right-hander Joe Kelly had a tough first start, lasting just three-plus innings and giving up seven runs. The performance ended with Kelly giving up a grand slam to Josh Donaldson. Kelly is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles.
Four things to know about this game
• Jimenez will be the eighth straight righty starter the Red Sox have faced coming out of the gate. Boston doesn't face a lefty starter until Game No. 12 against Toronto's J.A. Happ. The lack of lefty opponents has left manager John Farrell hard-pressed to find playing time for right-handed-hitting outfielder Chris Young.
• Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has not started since Wednesday, although manager Buck Showalter didn't rule out a return to the lineup during this series.
• Chris Davis is 4-for-7 lifetime against Kelly with a double.
• Pablo Sandoval has been used sparingly this season by the Red Sox, but he's a .359 hitter lifetime against Jimenez with two homers and seven RBIs. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are both 5-for-12 against the righty.

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