Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 7/27

The game tonight between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles is in a rain delay. The expected start time of the game is now 7:20 p.m.

After falling last night, the Boston Red Sox look to get back on track in the second game of a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Orioles television market, you can catch the game on MASN. If you don't live in either market you're in luck as the MLB Network will have coverage of the game (outside of Red Sox and Orioles television markets). And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Ryan Dempster steps to the bump for the 21st time in 2013. In his previous 20 starts, Dempster is 5-8 with a 4.28 ERA. He's made two starts against the O's this season and is 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP). He's made four career starts against the Orioles and is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA. He took the loss earlier this season in his lone Camden Yards start after allowing two runs in 7.2 IP.

Scott Feldman makes his 20th start of 2013 and fifth for the Orioles. In his previous 19 starts between the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles, Feldman is 9-7 with a 3.75 ERA. In his four starts with the O's, he is 2-1 with a 4.73 ERA. In his lone start against the Red Sox in 2012 as a member of the Texas Rangers, he picked up the win after allowing one run in seven innings of work. He's made eight career appearances (two starts) against the visiting nine and is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA.

To see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups as well as the links from the local media, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page.

Boston Red Sox61-43 Baltimore Orioles58-46
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Nate McLouth LF
2. Shane Victorino RF 2. Manny Machado 3B
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Nick Markakis RF
4. David Ortiz DH 4. Adam Jones CF
5. Mike Napoli 1B 5. Chris Davis 1B
6. Mike Carp LF 6. Matt Wieters C
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 7. J.J. Hardy SS
8. Stephen Drew SS 8. Henry Urrutia DH
9. Jose Iglesias 3B 9. Brian Roberts 2B
Ryan Dempster SP Scott Feldman SP


Here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles batter/pitcher matchups

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Red Sox might want to start revisiting Will Middlebrooks option [rob bradford –]

Case closed: Red Sox committed to sticking with Koji Uehara as closer [clubhouse insider]

Should the Red Sox trade for Jake Peavy? [csn new england]

What is the biggest need at the trade deadline? [csn new england]

Fan Feedback: Buchholz the closer? [csn new england]

Shaughnessy: Little wrong with Pedroia contract [csn new england]

Early Sox Notes: Farrell opts for similar lineup [csn new england]

Red Sox hope to snap out of it against Orioles [espn boston]

Red Sox were close on Gonzalez but lose to Phillies [extra bases]

Will Middlebrooks on trade rumors: ‘I have a good opportunity here’ [full count]

Report: Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz done for the year [full count]

Red Sox could seek right-handed bullpen upgrade [full count]

Understanding Lars Anderson: A study in baseball makeup [gabe kapler –]

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Comes With Risk, But Deal Would Have Made Sense for Red Sox []

Red Sox often look to the future at trade deadline [projo sox blog]

Farrell trying to find balance with Carp, Gomes, Nava [projo sox blog]

Farrell trying to manage workload of Uehara [projo sox blog]

Brentz likely done for season [projo sox blog]

Rowland-Smith set to return, hopes to eventually help big-league bullpen [projo sox blog]

More than ever, Middlebrooks wants to stay in Boston [projo sox blog]

Drake Britton continues to impress [providence journal]

Sox aim to bounce back, send Dempster against O's []

Double-A Portland soaks up Fenway experience []

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