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Red Sox vs. Orioles matchups, 2/2

05.02.10 at 6:53 am ET
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Anything would be an improvement over Josh Beckett’s last start. Luckily for the struggling ace, he gets to rebound against the Orioles, a team he has a lot of success against.

Beckett sports a 6-2 record with a 3.70 ERA in 12 starts against the Orioles. Even better for Beckett, he has a 5-1 record with a 3.04 ERA in eight starts at Camden Yards. Beckett and the Red Sox need him to get back on track, especially against an AL East foe.

The Sox right-hander has given up four homer runs this season, which happens to be the same amount he has given up to Orioles’ slugger Ty Wigginton.

Beckett has surrendered 15 earned runs in his last two starts, and he will need to keep Wigginton and the rest of the lineup  in the yard to be successful.

Unlike Beckett, Orioles’ starter Kevin Millwood has been very consistent this year.

He hasn’t given up more than four earned runs in a start this year, but unfortunately for him, he plays for the Orioles. Millwood is 0-3 in five starts this season with a 3.38 ERA, while only getting 2.66 runs a game from his teammates.

ORIOLES VS. JOSH BECKETT

Brian Roberts (39 plate appearances): .278 average/ .333 OBP/ .500 slugging percentage, 1 homer, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts

Nick Markakis (37): .313/ .405/ .467, 1 homer, 5 walks, 10 strikeouts

Ty Wigginton (29): .321/ .345/ .857, 4 homers, 6 strikeouts

Miguel Tejada (23): .130/ .130/ .261, 1 homer, 5 strikeouts

Luke Scott (19): .533/ .632/ .933, 2 homers, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts

Adam Jones (18): .235/ .278/ .294, 1 walks, 6 strikeouts

Cezar Izturis (16): .214/ .313/ .357, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

Julio Lugo (13): .083/ .154/ .167, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Garrett Atkins (12): .600/ .667/ 1.000, 1 homer, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Felix Pie: 1-for-6, 3 strikeouts

Nolan Reimond: 0-for-6, 2 strikeouts

Kevin Millwood: 0-for-3, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Robert Andino: 1-for-3, 1 strikeout

Matt Wieters: 1-for-3, 1 strikeout

Never faced: Craig Tatum

RED SOX VS. ORIOLES

Adrian Beltre (71 plate appearances): .275/ .296/ .449, 3 homers, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts

Mike Lowell (71): .344/ .437/ .541, 2 homers, 9 walks, 8 strikeouts

J.D. Drew (37): .323/ .432/ .452, 1 homer, 6 walks, 8 strikeouts

Jason Varitek (33): .387/ .424/ .548, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

David Ortiz (31): .360/ .452/ .760, 3 homers, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts

Marco Scutaro (29): .154/ .172/ .154, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Victor Martinez (18): .375/ .444/ .438, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Kevin Youkilis (18): .467/ .556/ .533, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

Dustin Pedroia (17): .133/ .235/ .200, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Bill Hall: 1-for-5, 1 strikeout

Josh Beckett: 1-for-1, Sacrifice bunt

Never faced: Jeremy Hermida, Darnell McDonald

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