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Thursday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: John Lackey vs. Chris Tillman

09.19.13 at 11:29 am ET
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John Lackey

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The Red Sox and Orioles will face off for the final time at Fenway Park during the regular season on Thursday night, as John Lackey will take the mound for Boston. Opposing Lackey will be Chris Tillman, who will be looking for his fourth win against Boston this season.

It’s been a odd last few weeks for Lackey. While he has struggled over his last two starts (11 earned runs in 12 innings of work), Lackey has compiled a 1-0 record over that stretch, thanks in large part to 21 runs of support during those two starts.

This sudden surge of offense has been odd to see in a Lackey start, as the team only scored 18 runs in Lackey’s previous eight games.

Lackey was once again solid in his last start on Sept. 13 against the Yankees, as the right-hander held the New York lineup to four earned over 6 1/3 innings.

Lackey put together a great performance in his last start against Baltimore, holding the O’s to just three runs in 7 1/3 innings in what ended up being a 4-3 Red Sox win.

Tillman (16-6, 3.70 ERA) has excelled against the Red Sox this season, as he is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four starts. The right-hander has enjoyed his best season of his young career in 2013, as he is third in the AL in wins and win percentage (.727).

In his last start, Tillman took the loss against the Blue Jays on Saturday, despite going eight innings and only allowing four earned runs. In terms of Tillman’s last start against Boston on Aug. 29, it was another dominant performance for the 25-year-old, as he only surrendered two runs over seven innings in what ended up being a 3-2 Baltimore victory.

Orioles vs. Lackey (RHP)

Nick Markakis (57 plate appearances): .353 BA/.421 OBP/.471 SLG, 4 doubles, 1 triple

Brian Roberts (42): .300/.333/.350, 2 doubles, 1 RBI

Adam Jones (40): .237/.250/.447, 2 home runs, 10 strikeouts

Chris Davis (28): .423/.464/.769, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs

Matt Wieters (27): .185/.185/.185, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts

Dan Johnson (26): .200/.385/.350, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

J.J. Hardy (18): .133/.278/.133, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Wilson Betemit (11): .091/.091/.182, 1 RBI, 4 strikeouts

Alexi Casilla (11): .091/.091/.091, 1 single, 2 strikeouts

Manny Machado (11): .545/.545/1.182, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs

Nate McLouth (11): .182/.182/.364, 1 triple

Mike Morse (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI

Ryan Flaherty (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Chris Dickerson (2): .000/.000/.000

Steve Clevenger, Chris Snyder, and Danny Valencia have not faced Lackey.

Red Sox vs. Tillman (RHP) 

Chris Tillman

Chris Tillman

Dustin Pedroia (26 plate appearances): .261 BA/.308 OBP/.304 SLG, 1 double, 3 RBIs

Jacoby Ellsbury (18): .222/.222/.278, 1 double , 4 strikeouts

Daniel Nava (17): .286/.412/.429, 2 doubles, 6 strikeouts

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (16): .063/.063/.125, 1 double, 6 strikeouts

David Ortiz (13): .000/.231/.000, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Shane Victorino (12): .364/.417/.636, 1 home run, 1 RBI

Mike Napoli (9): .375/.444/.375, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

Stephen Drew (8): .167/.375/.167, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Will Middlebrooks (8): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Mike Carp (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Jonny Gomes (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Ryan Lavarnway (3): .000/.000/.000

Jackie Bradley Jr. (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

John McDonald (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

David Ross (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

Quintin Berry, Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Snyder have not faced Tillman.

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