The Orioles got shut out on Thursday night, but their season-opening series still brought some promising signs. Baltimore scored 25 runs in the first three games -- 20 more than it scored in last season's opening series. Now the Orioles will try to keep things rolling against the Red Sox, a team with a lot of recent success in this series.
"That's the game of baseball. That's why it's a great game," said Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo after Thursday's shut out. "It will come up and bite you if you don't be careful. We battled hard."
The series opener between the two American League East rivals will feature Baltimore right-hander Daniel Cabrera facing off against the Sox's Matt Clement. Cabrera has never really mastered Boston, notching a 1-3 career record with a 6.95 ERA against the Red Sox. Clement, by contrast, has never lost to the Orioles, posting a 4-0 record with a 3.00 ERA. Two of those wins came last season.
The Orioles have only won the season series against Boston once in the last five years, racking up a 42-52 record against over that span. Things are even more one-sided at Camden Yards. The O's have an 18-41 home record against the Sox since 1998, which was the last year that the O's had a winning record at Camden against Boston.
BOS: RHP Matt Clement (13-6, 4.57 ERA in 2005)
Clement averaged more than six innings per start against the Orioles last year.
BAL: RHP Daniel Cabrera (10-13, 4.52 ERA in 2005)
For his career, Cabrera is 9-13 at home and 13-8 away from Camden Yards.
Player to watch
Jay Gibbons is batting .500 with four extra-base hits this season, and he is a career .368 hitter (7-for-19) with five extra-base hits and an .842 slugging percentage against Clement.
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Saturday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 1-0, 2.57 ERA) at Orioles (Bruce Chen, 13-10, 3.83 ERA in 2005), 4:35 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 0-1, 17.18 ERA) at Orioles (Rodrigo Lopez, 1-0, 6.43 ERA), 1:35 p.m. ET
Monday: Orioles (Erik Bedard, 1-0, 5.40 ERA) at Devil Rays (Seth McClung, 0-1, 21.00 ERA), 7:15 p.m. ET
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.