Chen set for season debut

Chen looks to debut season with a victory

The Orioles got bombarded on Friday night, allowing 14 runs and 16 hits to take their second straight loss. This one was different, though. Baltimore fell down by 11 runs and battled back before ultimately falling, 14-8. The end result wasn't exactly encouraging, but manager Sam Perlozzo liked to see his team's persistence.

"I thought we were back in it," he said. "We brought in a couple guys off the bench that came in and ignited us, played really well. The guys battled back. We didn't have any quit in us, but the guys off the bench really rallied us."

Baltimore will need better pitching to survive on Saturday, and Bruce Chen will take the ball for his season debut. The left-hander was 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA against Boston last year and is 3-2 with a 4.25 mark for his career against the Red Sox. The road team will counter with Curt Schilling, who is just 2-4 with a 3.96 career ERA against Baltimore.

There's been some strange scoring patterns for the O's, who scored 25 runs in their first two games before going into a 15-inning scoreless streak. Baltimore got shut out in the third game of the season and didn't score until the seventh on Friday night. After that, the home team put two four-run innings on the board.

The Orioles have only won this season series once in the last five years, racking up a 42-53 record against the Red Sox over that span. Things are even more one-sided at Camden Yards. Baltimore hasn't gotten the best of Boston at home since 1998, and since then, the O's have an 18-42 home record against the Sox.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (1-0, 2.57 ERA)
Schilling cruised through seven innings in his season debut against the Texas Rangers.

BAL: LHP Bruce Chen (13-10, 3.83 ERA in 2005)
Chen has a guaranteed rotation slot for the first time in years, but he'll have to pitch well to keep it.

Player to watch
Jason Varitek, who went 0-for-4 on Friday night, is a career .500 hitter (5-for-10) with two homers against Chen.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• WB54

On radio
• WBAL 1090 AM

Up next
• Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 0-1, 17.18 ERA) at Orioles (RHP Rodrigo Lopez, 1-0, 6.43 ERA), 1:35 p.m. ET
• Monday: Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 1-0, 5.40 ERA) at Devil Rays (RHP Seth McClung, 0-1, 21.00 ERA), 7:15 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Orioles (RHP Kris Benson, 0-1, 2.57 ERA) at Devil Rays (LHP Mark Hendrickson, 1-0, 0.00 ERA), 7:15 p.m. ET

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.