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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Price aims for the sweep

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David Price takes the mound as the Sox try to earn a brief sweep over their division rivals.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

David Price started Boston's win streak five days ago with eight strong innings against a Diamondbacks club that's surprisingly good against lefties. Tonight, he'll look to take it to its highest point not only in length, but significance with a two-game sweep of the Orioles.


Dustin Pedroia, 2B Adam Jones, CF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Jonathan Schoop, 2B
David Ortiz, DH Manny Machado, 3B
Mookie Betts, RF Mark Trumbo, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Steve Pearce, 1B
Sandy Leon, C Chris Davis, RF
Brock Holt, 3B Matt Wieters, C
Travis Shaw, 1B J.J. Hardy, SS
Andrew Benintendi, LF Hyun Soo Kim, LF
Starting Pitcher -- David Price Starting Pitcher -- Dylan Bundy

The big move in the lineup is Sandy Leon jumping all the way up to the sixth spot in the order, breaking up the Leon - Benintendi combo that had recently proved so productive at the bottom in hopes of driving in some more of the guys up top. Whether the opportunity will reach him might depend fairly heavily on Jackie Bradley Jr., who returned to the 0-for Tuesday night after a brief flash of life with homers against the Indians and Diamondbacks.

The Sox could especially use him awake and mashing tonight given that they've drawn the shortest straw the Orioles have to offer in Dylan Bundy. Usually having Chris Tillman miss his start against them would be good news for the Red Sox, but today it's brought them up against quite the impressive young arm. On the bright side, the Red Sox are a pretty dangerous team for Bundy given there's not many names in that lineup that can't hit one out against a fly-ball pitcher. But Bundy is certainly going to make them work for it.

David Price? Well, we'll see. It's been more down than up of late after putting up his best month in July. Even in his strong outing against Arizona, the Diamondbacks were able to get to him for a couple of homers. But he's at least coming off one good game. A big performance tonight would go a long way towards bringing back the positive vibes of July.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.