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Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Red Sox followed up their 69-win 2012 season with 97 wins in 2013, the club's second largest improvement ever between two full seasons (1945-46, 71 to 104). Boston went on to win its third World Series in the last 10 years (2004, 2007, 2013), the first team to win three titles in a 10-year period since the Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000.
  2. In 2013, Baltimore won the season series against Boston, 11-8, a year after winning 13 of 18 against the Red Sox. This marked the first time the Orioles have won back-to-back season series against Boston since 1991-92 (8-5, 8-5). The 11 wins were the most by any team against the Red Sox in 2013.
  3. Jon Lester won 15+ games in 2013 for the fifth time in his Red Sox career, tying him with Mel Parnell, Luis Tiant and Pedro Martinez for third most in Boston history. The only Red Sox with more 15+ win seasons than Lester are Cy Young and Roger Clemens (seven each).
  4. Chris Tillman's 16 wins in 2013 were the most by an Orioles pitcher since Mike Mussina had 18 in 1999 and as many as Tillman had in his first four seasons combined.
  5. David Ortiz followed up his .309/30/103 regular season by hitting .688 in the World Series, becoming the first player ever with at least 11 hits and eight walks in a single postseason series, on his way to being named World Series MVP.
  6. Chris Davis finished with 53 home runs and 42 doubles, becoming the third player in MLB history with 50+ home runs and 40+ doubles in a season, joining Babe Ruth (59 HR, 44 2B in 1921) and Albert Belle (50 HR, 52 2B in 1995). His 53 home runs and 96 extra-base hits were both franchise records.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 3/31/2014 thru 4/3/2014

By PAUL DIGIACOMO

STATS Senior Editor

(AP) -- After their starters finished near the bottom of the majors in ERA last season, the Baltimore Orioles signed Ubaldo Jimenez to try to improve their rotation and keep up with the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

Jimenez will look to get his Orioles career off to a good start Wednesday night at Camden Yards, but he'll be facing a Red Sox team that has given him nothing but trouble.

Baltimore's 4.57 ERA from its starting pitchers in 2013 was tied for 26th in the major leagues and among the reasons the club failed to reach the playoffs after doing so in 2012.

The Orioles addressed that problem in the winter with the addition of Jimenez, who signed a $50 million, four-year contract Feb. 19 after going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for Cleveland last season.

"I'm very excited to go out there with my new team and my new teammates wearing the Orioles uniform," Jimenez told MLB's official website. "I came in a little bit later, but I was able to catch up. I was able to throw the pitches that I need to be ready for the season. So I feel good."

Jimenez had a 5.28 ERA in four spring training starts, and that number is more than twice as high in his career against the Red Sox. The right-hander is 1-2 with an 11.72 ERA in four regular-season matchups after allowing seven runs and five walks in 1 2-3 innings of a 7-2 defeat last April 16.

Boston's Mike Napoli is 3 for 4 with a home run and a double against Jimenez, Dustin Pedroia is 5 for 10, Daniel Nava 3 for 6 with three doubles and Jonny Gomes 5 for 12 with two homers.

Red Sox starter John Lackey has had better results in his career against Baltimore, going 13-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 23 starts. He two-hit the Orioles in a 3-1 win Sept. 19, part of a rebound season after he missed all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery and posted a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts in 2011.

Lackey went 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA last year and was 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five postseason appearances, winning the clinching Game 6 of the World Series against St. Louis.

He had a 6.27 ERA in four spring starts, but manager John Farrell liked what he saw from the veteran right-hander.

"He progressed as we could have hoped," Farrell said. "He showed his best arm strength and best overall stuff in his final outing. We took a pretty clear and designed approach towards getting him to game speed and then ultimately to 90-plus pitches. ... We're looking forward to him getting on the mound Wednesday."

These teams had a day off after the Orioles won 2-1 in Monday's season opener. Nelson Cruz, Baltimore's other big free-agent addition, hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning.

Pedroia and Grady Sizemore each had two hits for Boston. Sizemore, who missed two seasons recovering from knee surgery and played for the first time since Sept. 22, 2011, while with Cleveland, homered to tie the game in the fourth.

Updated April 1, 2014

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