Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wright gets the call for undefeated Orioles

The Orioles may be just six games into the season, but the undefeated club is firing on all cylinders. Baltimore will look to stay perfect against the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox saw the power of the Orioles' lineup in Monday's game when the team hit two three-run home runs on the way to a 9-7 win. Baltimore is the only team still unbeaten in the Majors, and the 6-0 start is the best since the franchise moved to Baltimore.
"It's a lineup built around power, and they've shown that already. They also have solid starting pitching," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The Orioles are a very sound, solid team and don't beat themselves. I'm not the least bit surprised about their start."
Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will start on Tuesday. He struggled during his first outing this season against the Indians, allowing five runs on six hits in four innings.
"The challenge in his last start was putting up a zero in the first inning," Farrell said. "It's all about consistent location for Clay."
Right-hander Mike Wright, who was originally slated to start on Saturday before the game was postponed due to inclement weather, will make his season debut for the Orioles.
Wright made 12 appearances (nine starts) last season for the O's, going 3-5 with a 6.04 ERA. He struggled in the final month of the season, going 1-2 with a 8.36 ERA in five games (three starts).
Things to know about this game:
• Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was out of the lineup again on Monday, although he appeared as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. Jones, who is dealing with rib cage soreness, hasn't started a game since Wednesday.
• Buchholz has six quality starts in his past seven outings against Baltimore. In 10 career home starts against the O's, he has four scoreless efforts, including a no-hitter on Sept. 1, 2007.
• Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has reached base in his past 43 games against American League East opponents. It's a streak that dates back to April 24, 2015.

No comments: