The Red Sox are coming. Fresh off dropping three of four against the Yankees, the Orioles have to deal with Boston -- the other one of the twin pillars in the American League East. The O's have lost 10 of their last 13 games and are 19 games under .500, which is the team's worst standing since the end of the 2003 season, when it finished 71-91.
"The guys battled really hard. They came out fighting," said Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo at the end of the last series. "We had some guys with clutch hits, but just couldn't get through [one] inning."
Baltimore will send Daniel Cabrera to the mound in the series opener, and he'll try to reverse his recent history against the Red Sox. Cabrera is 0-2 with a 23.63 ERA against Boston this season and 1-5 with a 10.21 mark for his career. The Red Sox will counter with rookie southpaw Kason Gabbard, who's never faced the Orioles.
The Orioles have won this season series once in the last nine years. Baltimore is 1-11 against Boston this year and 48-70 since 2000. Things don't change much at Camden Yards, where the O's are 1-5 against the Sox this season and 18-41 since 2000. Baltimore hasn't swept Boston at home in a three-game series since 1974.
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (1-3, 3.93)
Gabbard has made three starts as a big-leaguer, but he's only completed six innings once.
BAL: RHP Daniel Cabrera (7-9, 4.84)
Cabrera is 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA in seven starts since his recall from Triple-A Ottawa.
Player to watch
Baltimore catcher Ramon Hernandez has three home runs in his last two games.
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Official game notes
Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 7-8, 4.14) at Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 13-9, 3.91), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Red Sox (TBA) at Orioles (Adam Loewen, 5-5, 5.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (RHP Hayden Penn, 0-2, 36.82) at Tigers (RHP Jeremy Bonderman, 11-8, 4.18), 7:05 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.