Red Sox vs. Orioles: One last tuneup

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Buchholz will take the mound for one last tuneup with three games left to play.

The Red Sox will get in one last tuneup and try to keep home field advantage with a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Boston Red Sox (96-63)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B
  5. Daniel Nava, RF
  6. Jonny Gomes, LF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz

Baltimore Orioles (83-76)

  1. Brian Roberts, DH
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Adam Jones, CF
  4. Chris Davis, 1B
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. J.J. Hardy, SS
  7. Nate McLouth, LF
  8. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
  9. Ryan Flaherty, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Scott Feldman

The bar has not been set too high for the Red Sox. Two wins, one win and an Athletics loss, or even just two Athletics losses. Home field advantage is theirs for the taking, particularly with Manny Machado out. Still, better to take it than hope to back into it, and better for Clay Buchholz to reiterate that he really is back with a good start, ideally with fewer walks than in the last two.

But these Orioles. These Orioles are one annoying team. And while they can't spoil things in the way they did two years ago, they can certainly hurt the Red Sox if the Athletics are up to winning two or three. It's that ever-tricky balance between rest (for Shane Victorino in today's case) and record. One win in Baltimore today, and one loss for the Athletics, though, and the scale could tip tremendously in favor of rest.

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