Late Morning Red Sox Delight – 7/26

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 20:  Pitcher John Smoltz #29 of the Boston Red Sox wipes his head with a towel in the dugout after leaving the game in the sixth inning after giving up five runs to the Texas Rangers the during the MLB game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 20, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

While former Boston Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice is getting inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon, the only team he played for in his career will be going for a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles and their 11th straight win over them at Fenway Park.

The game this afternoon will start at 1:35 PM EDT and will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Orioles television market, you can catch the game on MASN. And if the television isn’t your cup of tea, you can catch the game on one of the many affiliates of the Red Sox Radio Network.

John Smoltz hasn’t had much luck in a Red Sox uniform in his 5 starts. He has pitched well at times but imploded in his last start after early success. He’s 1-3 with a 6.31 in those 5 starts. He’s faced the Orioles once this season and didn’t allow a run in 4 innings before leaving the game after a rain delay. He’s made 7 appearances (4 starts) against the Orioles in his career and is 1-1 with 3 saves and a 4.05 ERA.

David Hernandez is the 6th player on the Orioles to make his MLB debut and has made 7 appearances (6 starts). In those 7 appearances, he has a record of 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA. He has never faced the Red Sox.

Terry Francona, Nolan Ryan and bowties [Extra Bases]

Bringing the heat [Full Count]

It’s bowtie time [Full Count]

Red Sox weekly recap (Week 16) [Batter-up with Bruno]

Baltimore Orioles41-55

Red Sox logo57-39

1. Brian Roberts 2B 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Felix Pie LF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Adam Jones CF 3. Kevin Youkilis 3B
4. Nick Markakis RF 4. David Ortiz DH
5. Nolan Reimold DH 5. Jason Bay LF
6. Ty Wigginton 1B 6. J.D. Drew RF
7. Melvin Mora 3B 7. Adam LaRoche 1B
8. Gregg Zaun C 8. Jed Lowrie SS
9. Robert Andino SS 9. George Kottaras C
David Hernandez SP John Smoltz SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against this afternoon’s starting pitchers. No one on the Red Sox has faced Hernandez.

Baltimore Oriole vs Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups