Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 9/18

Wei-Yin Chen (L),  Jake Peavy (R)

After falling late last night, the Boston Red Sox look to move closer tonight to clinching the AL East in the second game of a three-game set with 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. And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Jake Peavy makes his 22nd start of 2013 tonight. In his previous 21 starts, Peavy is 11-5 with a 4.03 ERA. He last faced the Orioles in 2012 as a member of the Chicago White Sox when he allowed one run in seven innings. He's made two career starts against the O's and is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13 IP). Tonight will be the first time he's facing them at Fenway.

Wei-Yin Chen makes his 21st as he looks to keep the Orioles in the AL Wild Card race. In his previous 20 starts, Chen is 7-7 with a 3.99 ERA. He's made two starts against the Red Sox this season and is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA (11 ER/10 IP). In five career starts against the Red Sox, Chen is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA.  Four of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 1-2 with a 6.14 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.

Baltimore Orioles80-70 Boston Red Sox92-60
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. Jonny Gomes LF
6. Danny Valencia DH 6. Daniel Nava RF
7. Matt Wieters C 7. Will Middlebrooks 3B
8. J.J. Hardy SS 8. Stephen Drew SS
9. Brian Roberts 2B 9. David Ross C
Wei-Yin Chen SP Jake Peavy SP


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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Farrell wants to carry 11 pitchers in the Division Series [clubhouse insider]

Who's the best playoff matchup for Sox? [csn new england]

Red Sox make a run at historic 100-win season [csn new england]

Red Sox playoff watch [espn boston]

Ellsbury 'hopeful' to be playing soon [espn boston]

Farrell weighs postseason pitching options [espn boston]

A Farrell vs. Francona playoff series? [espn boston]

Peavy on hill for Sox vs. O's [espn boston]

The streak is over, and what a streak it was [extra bases]

Ellsbury: 'Very confident' on return this season [extra bases]

Why Jake Peavy is trying something he hasn’t done in four years [full count]

Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes, Henry Owens getting a hint of big league future [full count]

Nomar Garciaparra on Red Sox turnaround: ‘The focus is now on winning’ [full count]

Buster Olney on M&M: ‘Red Sox are the team to beat in baseball’ [full count]

John Farrell on Salk & Holley: Red Sox will save the celebration for division; team expects to carry 11 pitchers in Division Series; on Shane Victorino in CF [full count]

Jonny Gomes Honored By Boston Beard Bureau on Red Sox’ Dollar Beard Night at Fenway Park (Photo) []

Jon Lester, John Lackey Should Get First Starting Spots As Red Sox Set Postseason Rotation [don orsillo -]

John Farrell expects to carry 11 pitchers in playoffs [projo sox blog]

Farrell watching — and rooting for — Francona's Indians [projo sox blog]

Ellsbury still hopeful of return before regular season ends [projo sox blog]

Peavy can punch Red Sox's postseason ticket []

Papi's Dominican touch follows him to Boston []

How similar are this year's Red Sox to franchise's past postseason teams? [touching all the bases]

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