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  W: J. Means (8-5)   L: D. Price (7-3)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, July 19, 2019
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 18,243

Red Sox travel to face struggling Orioles

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Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles

  1. The Red Sox are 7-3 this season against the Orioles and 23-6 over the past two seasons. Boston has won or tied 10 straight series vs. the Orioles since Baltimore swept a three-game set at Fenway Park from August 25-27, 2017.
  2. J.D. Martinez leads the majors with 14 homers and 28 RBI against the Orioles since 2018. Andrew Benintendi is second on the RBI list with 25 and Xander Bogaerts ranks fourth with 22. Martinez tops all visiting players with nine homers and 17 RBI at Camden Yards the last two seasons.
  3. Baltimore beat the Nationals, 9-2, on Wednesday and has split its last 10 games to match its best 10-game stretch of the season. The Orioles' 29 wins through 95 games is their third-lowest total since 1954, better than only 2018 (26) and 1955 (28).
  4. Trey Mancini hit his 18th and 19th home runs of the season Wednesday. His .366 (15-for-41) average this season against the Red Sox ranks fifth in the majors (minimum 30 plate appearances). Mancini's nine home runs, 28 RBI and 59 hits vs. Boston are his most against any opponent.
  5. John Means has gone 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox this year. His 28 earned runs allowed is tied for the lowest total by an Orioles pitcher in his first 15 starts of the season since 2000 (Chris Tillman -- 2012).
  6. Rafael Devers leads the majors with 23 RBI in July and is tied for third with seven home runs. He leads the AL and ranks second in MLB with a .397 (46-for-116) average since June 12. Devers is 10-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak against the Orioles.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/19/2019 thru 7/21/2019

The Boston Red Sox have been searching for consistency all season and trying to remain a factor in the hunt for a playoff spot. They will keep trying to do both when coming to Baltimore to start a weekend series with the slumping Orioles Friday night.

Boston just finished taking three of four from Toronto in a division series. The Red Sox beat the Jays 5-0 Thursday afternoon with the best part being a solid six-inning start from Chris Sale, who has struggled all season.

This time, Sale struck out 12 and gave up just two hits. He improved to 4-9 and this was his first regular-season win at Fenway Park since July 11, 2018.

One of the team's biggest pitching problems this season has been in the closer spot. Manager Alex Cora hasn't used one particular person as six players have earned saves since the team did not bring back Craig Kimbrel.

But the bullpen should receive a boost when Nathan Eovaldi returns. He's been a starter during his career but various reports have said the right-hander is headed to the bullpen and possibly to the closer's role.

MLB.com said that Eovaldi, who pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab assignment Thursday, is coming with the Red Sox to Camden Yards and could be activated this weekend. He's been on the disabled list since April 20 (loose body in elbow) and has pitched in just four games this season with an 0-0 record.

"It's very significant," Cora said to MLB.com."That's one more arm, and there's a few more guys that have thrown the ball well, too. It's kind of like the domino effect, like, one more guy is going to help us get the previous inning and the previous inning and the previous inning but everything starts from the first inning."

Boston has gotten plenty of help on offense from Rafael Devers, who came through again in Thursday's win. He hit a three-run homer and now has 19 homers and 73 RBI in this season.

The Orioles have not been hitting well since the All-Star break but snapped out of that with a 9-2 victory in their most recent game, versus Washington on Wednesday night.

The best news from that game might have been that Trey Mancini, who broke an 0-for-24 slide earlier in the series, homered twice. Baltimore needs Mancini's hitting as its offense often has been limited this season.

He broke the slump with a cue ball double that rolled down the right field line the night before and then added the two homers Wednesday.

"It usually takes a hit like that, especially whenever you have a few line-outs throughout the slump and things like that," Mancini told MASN. "So it usually takes a blooper, a cheap hit, to get you feeling good and feeling like at least one of them might have evened out -- and then you just kind of relax that you got a hit and go back to trying to be yourself again."

Hanser Alberto has been one of Baltimore's top hitters this season but he missed Wednesday's game (paternity), and he's expected back for the opener of this series. The Orioles also optioned relief pitcher Tayler Scott back to Triple-A Norfolk.

John Means (7-5, 2.94) starts for the Orioles, and the All-Star is coming off one of his worst outings of the season as Tampa Bay touched him up for six runs in six innings in a July 13 loss.

The rookie is 1-1 with 3.98 ERA in four career games versus Boston, three of which are starts. As for the Red Sox, they'll go with David Price (7-2, 3.16), who is 16-5 with a 2.65 ERA against the Orioles.

In addition, Price is 8-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his 12 starts in Baltimore.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 18, 2019

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