Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 9/17

Scott Feldman (L),  Ryan Dempster (R)

After sweeping the Evil Empire out of Boston over the weekend and then enjoying the day off on Monday, the Boston Red Sox continue their nine game homestand at Fenway Park. Tonight they'll play the first of three games against the Baltimore Orioles.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Baltimore Orioles 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. And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Ryan Dempster makes start number 29 for the Red Sox in 2013. In his previous 28 starts, Dempster is 8-9 with a 4.70 ERA. He's made three starts against the Orioles this season and is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA (5 ER/18 IP). He's made five career starts against the O's and is 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA. He picked up a no decision in his lone Fenway start back on April 10 when he allowed three runs (one earned) in five innings of work.

Scott Feldman makes his 28th start of the season. In his previous 27 starts between the Chicago Cubs and Orioles, Feldman is 12-10 with a 3.47 ERA. He took the loss against the Red Sox back on July 27 when he allowed four runs in five innings of work. He's made nine career appearances (three starts) and is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Two of those appearances (one start) have come at the Fens where he has no record with a 13.50 ERA (6 ER/4 IP).

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.

Baltimore Orioles79-70 Boston Red Sox92-59
1. Nate McLouth LF 1. Dustin Pedroia 2B
2. Manny Machado 3B 2. Shane Victorino CF
3. Chris Davis 1B 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Adam Jones CF 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Nick Markakis RF 5. Daniel Nava RF
6. Danny Valencia DH 6. Mike Carp LF
7. Matt Wieters C 7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
8. J.J. Hardy SS 8. Stephen Drew SS
9. Brian Roberts 2B 9. Xander Bogaerts 3B
Scott Feldman SP Ryan Dempster SP


The Red Sox have called up Brock Holt, Brayan Villarreal and Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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

Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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Three burning questions as Red Sox steamroll toward playoffs [clubhouse insider]

Nava making most of opportunity – every day [csn new england]

Which team is best ALDS matchup for Red Sox? [csn new england]

Dose of reality to the Fear the Beard phenomenon [csn new england]

Red Sox ranked No. 1 again [espn boston]

Who should start Game 1 for Red Sox? [espn boston]

Red Sox playoff watch [espn boston]

Sox can clinch playoff spot tonight [espn boston]

Boston Red Sox still have regular-season to-do list [espn boston]

Red Sox on verge of a playoff berth [extra bases]

The unlikely role model: Why phenom Xander Bogaerts finds inspiration in underdog Daniel Nava [full count]

Red Sox-Orioles series preview [full count]

John Farrell: John Lackey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz line up as possible Game 1 starter [full count]

Power Rankings: Rating potential Red Sox postseason opponents [full count]

SI’s Tom Verducci on D&C: Red Sox ‘clearly the best team, right now, in baseball’ [full count]

Red Sox prospect Anthony Ranaudo has persevered [pawsox.com]

Lining up the Red Sox pitching going forward [projo sox blog]

Red Sox could clinch playoff berth tonight [projo sox blog]

Doubront to start Saturday, end-of-season rotation taking shape [projo sox blog]

Dempster leads Red Sox in important division series [redsox.com]

One of a kind: Clay Buchholz re-establishes himself as most dominant pitcher in baseball [alex speier - weei.com]

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