Red Sox-Orioles Preview
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles enjoy playing at home, and they're hoping for more success at Camden Yards when they take on the Boston Red Sox in the finale of their two-game series on Wednesday.
Both teams come into the game deadlocked at 66-52, tied for second in the American League East, one game behind Toronto (68-52).
The Orioles will play 24 of their final 44 games at home -- where they have a 39-18 record after Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Boston. Third baseman Manny Machado said the Orioles -- who just came off of a 10-game road trip to Chicago, Oakland and San Francisco -- are glad to be back home.
"We're just trying to take it day-by-day," Machado said. "We have the greatest fans in the world. We feed off of that. That takes us to another level."
Chris Tillman was supposed to start for Baltimore, but after Tuesday's game, manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles are going to push him back to at least Saturday due to some shoulder issues.
"A lot of things most starting pitchers go through, especially in August," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "But that's why I had pushed everybody back a day, (to) give everybody some time."
Instead, rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy (6-3, 2.93) will make his seventh start. He's been spectacular in five of his six starts, and the hard-hitting Red Sox could give him a test.
David Price (10-8, 4.29) is set to start for the Red Sox. Price gave up three runs on 10 hits in a 9-4 victory over Arizona last Friday. That ended a stretch of five starts without a victory for the veteran left-hander.
The Red Sox have just started a long 11-game road trip, but even manager John Farrell said Oriole Park is a good place to play.
"This is a great ballpark, Farrell said of Camden Yards. "When the weather is warm, it's a very good hitters' ballpark."
The Red Sox are hoping for some better luck with injuries Wednesday as two members of Tuesday's starting lineup were hurt.
Third baseman Aaron Hill (right forearm tightness) was in the original starting lineup but Brock Holt replaced him before the game. Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez left after four no-hit innings -- plus two pitches in the fifth -- due to left hamstring tightness.
Farrell said they think they caught Rodriguez's problems early, and if everything works out all right, the left-hander might not have to miss a start. But the skipper said they'll have a better idea about things on Wednesday.
Boston also was again missing Hanley Ramirez, who's been on the bereavement list since Monday. Farrell said he will re-join the Red Sox on Thursday in Detroit.
The Red Sox need to get used to the road games since they'll be playing 28 of their final 44 games on the road. Farrell said his team knows what the situation is in the tight three-team race in the American League East.
"We all are well aware of what is at stake, where we are in the standings and who is around us," Farrell said. "We had guys step up in key moments (on Tuesday)."
They'll be hoping for more of the same Wednesday versus one of the best home teams in baseball.