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Guthrie, Orioles open four-game set at Red Sox

Apr 16, 2009 - 8:10 PM By Kate Hedlin Stats Writer

Baltimore (6-3) at Boston (3-6) 7:10 p.m. EDT

BOSTON (AP) -- Although the Baltimore Orioles are coming off a third straight series win, their bullpen has been handling a heavy workload.

Given the Orioles' struggles at Fenway Park last season, the team's relievers could continue to be very busy this weekend.

The Orioles look to continue their hot start when they face the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series Friday.

Baltimore (6-3) began the season with series wins over New York and Tampa Bay, then took two of three from Texas this week. They lost the finale 19-6 on Wednesday night, however.

The Orioles led 3-1 after two innings, but starter Mark Hendrickson gave up nine runs - two earned - in lasting just 3 2-3 innings.

"This one got away from us. I like the way we started," manager Dave Trembley said. "We didn't pitch well enough and we didn't play well enough."

Although they won two of three, it was a difficult series for the Orioles pitching staff, which allowed 33 runs over the three games and received only 10 innings from the three starters. Baltimore's bullpen has pitched 39 2-3 innings this season - among the most in the majors - as Orioles starters have made it through six innings only twice.

Both of those outings were by Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 2.25 ERA), who will take the mound Friday. He allowed five hits in six innings of a 6-0 win over the Rays on Saturday.

Guthrie was 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox (3-6) last season. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA in three career starts in Boston.

Baltimore went 2-7 against the Red Sox at Fenway in 2008. Boston averaged 7.1 runs in those games and only one Orioles starter made it through six innings.

The Red Sox, though, are still looking for their first series win as they open a nine-game homestand. They avoided a three-game sweep by Oakland with an 8-2 win in Wednesday's finale.

Tim Wakefield came within five outs of a no-hitter, while Mike Lowell hit a two-run home run in the second inning and J.D. Drew added a three-run shot during a six-run eighth.

Wakefield went on to pitch a complete game, giving a Red Sox bullpen that pitched 11 innings the night before some much-needed rest.

"Obviously (a no-hitter) is something that's great to try to get, but the most important thing was to preserve our bullpen," Wakefield said.

The Red Sox scored 13 runs in the series' final two games after scoring 24 over their first seven contests. Lowell was 4-for-9 with four RBIs in the final two games after hitting .154 (4-for-26) with four RBIs to open the season.

Boston will hand the ball Friday to Brad Penny (1-0, 4.50), who pitched six innings in his Red Sox debut Saturday against the Angels. He allowed three runs and two homers but earned a 5-4 victory.

Penny struggled with shoulder problems last year when he went 6-9 and had a career-high 6.27 ERA with the Dodgers.

"I felt great," Penny told the Red Sox's official Web site. "My command wasn't there like it normally is, but strength-wise, I felt good."

Friday will be the right-hander's first game against the Orioles.

He'll likely face red-hot center fielder Adam Jones, who's batting .389 (14-for-36) with 11 RBIs. He had a two-run ninth-inning homer among his two hits Wednesday.






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    BALTIMORE 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 11 1
    BOSTON 0 4 1 0 3 2 0 0 x 10 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE, DANYS BAEZ (5TH), MATT ALBERS (7TH) AND GREGG
    ZAUN
    BOS - BRAD PENNY, MANNY DELCARMEN (4TH), JAVIER LOPEZ
    (6TH), RAMON RAMIREZ (6TH), HIDEKI O

    Apr 17 10:49 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE LOWELL SCORED KEVIN YOUKILIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M LOWELL ON FIRST, J DREW ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    BOSTON 10 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J VARITEK (.214, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles 8, Red Sox 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 17 9:55 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JASON BAY SCORED DUSTIN PEDROIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DREW ON FIRST, K YOUKILIS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    BOSTON 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.222, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Orioles 8, Red Sox 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 17 9:51 PM
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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK GREEN SCORED JASON BAY AND MIKE LOWELL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N GREEN ON SECOND, J VARITEK ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    BOSTON 8 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J ELLSBURY (.205, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Orioles 8, Red Sox 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 17 9:17 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY AUBREY HUFF ALLOWED J.D. DREW TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VARITEK ON FIRST, M LOWELL ON SECOND, J
    BAY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    BOSTON 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: N GREEN (.231, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 8, Red Sox 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 17 9:15 PM
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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK MARKAKIS SCORED ADAM JONES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8
    BOSTON 5 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.278, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 8, Red Sox 5  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 17 8:43 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY J.D. DREW (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF JEREMY GUTHRIE.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7, BOSTON 5
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J BAY (.367, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 5  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 17 8:27 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED JASON VARITEK.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D PEDROIA ON FIRST, J ELLSBURY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7
    BOSTON 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K YOUKILIS (.459, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 17 8:10 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACOBY ELLSBURY SCORED MIKE LOWELL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J ELLSBURY ON FIRST, J VARITEK ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7
    BOSTON 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D PEDROIA (.200, 1-FOR-1)

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 17 8:03 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JASON BAY (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JEREMY GUTHRIE SCORED J.D. DREW.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7, BOSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.229, 2 HR, 8 RBI)

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 17 7:55 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY NICK MARKAKIS (2) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF BRAD PENNY SCORED RYAN FREEL, BRIAN ROBERTS AND ADAM JONES.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7, BOSTON 0
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.286, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 17 7:47 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ADAM JONES SCORED GREGG ZAUN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A JONES ON FIRST, B ROBERTS ON SECOND, R
    FREEL ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    BOSTON 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: N MARKAKIS (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 3, Red Sox 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 17 7:46 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN ROBERTS SCORED LUKE SCOTT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ROBERTS ON FIRST, R FREEL ON SECOND, G
    ZAUN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2
    BOSTON 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.405, 1-FOR-1)

    Orioles 2, Red Sox 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 17 7:44 PM


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    AT BOSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO RYAN FREEL SCORED TY WIGGINTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R FREEL ON FIRST, G ZAUN ON SECOND, L SCOTT
    ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    BOSTON 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: C IZTURIS (.172, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Orioles 1, Red Sox 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 17 7:40 PM