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Game Thread: Happy Mother's Day. Beckett goes for 8.

Josh Beckett winner of 7 out of 7 starts, tries to make it 8 for 8 against the Orioles today. He (7-0, 2.51 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.64 ERA, 1.41 WHIP), making his third start of the season, and the fourth of his career. He has pitched all of 2 innings against the Sox in his entire career. His last start, against the D-Rays, was actually pretty good. Only took 67 pitches to go 6 IP and limited the Rays' offense to one run and six hits.

Sox Lineup:

  • Lugo, SS
  • Crisp, CF
  • Papi, DH
  • Being Manny, LF
  • Drew, RF
  • Youks, 3B
  • 'Tek, C
  • Hinske, 1B
  • Cora, 2B
O's Lineup:
  • Roberts, 2B
  • Markakis, RF
  • Tejada, SS
  • Hernandez, C
  • Huff, 3B
  • Millar, 1B
  • Gibbons, DH
  • Payton, LF
  • Patterson, CF
Melvin Mora gets the day off, as the O's opt-out of defense at 3B. Lugo is now 11 for his last 25, with 2 SB and 6 RBIs in that span (5 games). Let's hope he gets on a bit today and gives Coco some FBs to hit.

I might've posted these numbers before, but here are the favorable matchups for the O's against Beckett:

  • Ramon Hernandez: 4/13, 2 2B
  • Jay Payton: 6/14, all singles
  • Melvin Mora, not starting: 2/7, 2 2B
  • Everyone else: Not good. Millar has never faced Beckett.