This Morning’s Orioles – Red Sox Lineups

April 20, 2009 |

Good morning Orioles fans, it’s Patriots’ Day in Boston, and that means the O’s and Sox will be getting underway extra early with today’s first pitch coming at 11:05AM at Fenway Park.

Yesterday the Orioles struggles continued with a 2-1 loss in Boston, where they have now lost eight straight ball games dating back to last season.  They’ll need a W to avoid the four-game sweep to their division opponents and falling under .500 for the first time this season.

The man entrusted to try and break the O’s overall four-game losing streak will be Mark Hendrickson.  The tall lefty has split his first two starts of the season and has pitched to an ERA of 3.00.  His season started well with a solid outing at Camden Yards in a win over the Rays, but Hendrickson gave up nine runs, two earned, in 4.2 innings in a loss at Texas.  The Orioles’ starter will pitch against the Sox for the first time in an Oriole uniform, but is no stranger to the Red Sox lineup.  In 14 career starts against Boston Hendrickson has an ERA over 8.50 and a 2-6 record.

24-year old right-hander Justin Masterson will get the start in place of Daisuke Matsuzaka for the Red Sox.  Masterson came out of the Boston bullpen last Tuesday and pitched 4.1 scoreless innings after Matsuzaka left the game with shoulder fatigue, which has now landed him on the 15-day DL.  Last season Masterson faced the Orioles twice in relief and gave up just one hit over four scoreless innings.

With Melvin Mora on the 15-day DL, Adam Jones day-to-day (both with hamstring injuries), and Aubrey Huff DH-ing, the Orioles will have an interesting new look to their lineup:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Cesar Izturis – SS
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – DH
Ty Wigginton – 1B
Luke Scott – LF
Gregg Zaun – C
Ryan Freel – 3B
Felix Pie – CF

Red Sox

Ellsbury – CF
Pedroia – 2B
Ortiz – DH
Youkilis – 1B
Baldelli – RF
Bay – LF
Lowell – 3B
Varitek – C
Green – SS

Here’s a little historic note for everyone out there…

Patriots’ Day is a civic day of remembrance and celebration in Boston annually on the third Monday of April and commemorates the Battles of Concord and Lexington from the Revolutionary War.  Traditionally it’s been the date of the running of the Boston Marathon and of a Red Sox home game.  The unique morning start of the baseball game allows both events to finish around the same time.

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