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Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Orioles will take on the Red Sox tonight after winning two straight over the Tampa Bay Rays. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Baltimore is 12-6 against the Red Sox in Boston, the best record by an opposing AL East team at Fenway since then.
  2. The Red Sox have hit just .198 with runners in scoring position this season, 12th in the AL, after hitting .278 with runners in scoring position last season, second in the AL.
  3. Xander Bogaerts hit his second career home run in Boston's win over the White Sox last night. In eight career games against the Orioles, Bogaerts has batted .316 (6-for-19) with an on-base percentage of .440.
  4. Chris Davis has only homered once so far this season after homering six times through games of April 17 last season. However, Davis homered four times at Fenway last season, the second-most home runs among visiting players last season (Jose Bautista, 5).
  5. John Lackey allowed a career-high four home runs in his last start against the Yankees on April 12. Lackey has allowed a total of seven home runs over his last four starts against the Orioles after allowing just one home run total in his prior eight starts against the Orioles since joining Boston in the 2010 season.
  6. Chris Tillman pitched 8.0 innings against the Blue Jays last Friday, allowing just three hits and no earned runs. Tillman has now gone 12.1 innings without allowing an earned run, the second-longest streak of his career (15.0 innings, April 27, 2013 to May 8, 2013).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/18/2014 thru 4/21/2014

(AP) -- Ubaldo Jimenez is probably facing the wrong team as he seeks to end his woes.

He has endured an ugly history against the Boston Red Sox as he looks to avoid dropping to 0-4 for the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night at Fenway Park.

Jimenez (0-3, 7.31 ERA) is seeking to avoid a start similar to 2011, when he lost his first five decisions among his first nine outings. He is also trying to avoid losing four starts in a row for the first time since Aug. 26-Sept. 11, 2012.

The right-hander's problems began when he gave up four runs in six innings in a 6-2 loss to Boston (8-10) on April 2, dropping him to 1-3 against the Red Sox in five regular-season starts with a 10.27 ERA - his worst against an AL opponent.

Jimenez's best outing against Boston may have been in Game 2 of the 2007 World Series when he allowed two runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 2-1 road defeat for Colorado. He issued five walks in that one, and including that contest, has walked 19 Red Sox hitters over 28 1-3 innings.

Dustin Pedroia has the most hits off Jimenez among the Red Sox, going 7 for 13. Pedroia is 21 for 45 (.467) during a 10-game hitting streak against Baltimore (8-8), going 10 for 22 to help Boston take three of five 2014 meetings.

The Red Sox evened this four-game set with a 4-2 victory Saturday. David Ortiz homered and Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning.

Holt is 3 for 7 in this series in his first action of the year.

"You want to go out and play well anytime you're out there," he said. "I've got these first two under my belt and had some success, hopefully I can continue to keep going out there."

Red Sox rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts will be back in the lineup after he sat out for the first time Saturday.

"He's played in every game and after some long games and travel, he's being rested," manager John Farrell said.

Boston's Jake Peavy (0-0, 1.93) is unbeaten in his last 10 regular-season starts, going 3-0 with a 3.17 ERA. He struck out eight and gave up one run in six innings Tuesday in a 2-1 road loss to the Chicago White Sox.

It may be a good idea for the Orioles to give J.J. Hardy the day off. Hardy is in a 5-for-26 slump and has one hit in 17 at-bats versus Peavy.

There could be some bad blood remaining after the benches emptied briefly Saturday in the seventh after Bud Norris threw high and tight to David Ross, who was trying to sacrifice. Ross yelled something, but Orioles catcher Matt Wieters stepped in between and both sides retreated to the dugouts.

"It's emotional. Ross is a good player - a good catcher and a pro," manager Buck Showalter said. "But I know Matt. He's not going to allow somebody to yell at his pitcher like that - especially when he doesn't have any reason to."

Baltimore slugger Chris Davis is 2 for 17 with eight strikeouts against Boston this year and hitless in five at-bats versus Peavy.

Updated April 19, 2014

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