Bedard opens series against Red Sox

Bedard opens series against Red Sox at Fenway

How do you follow that? Baltimore got a near no-hitter from Daniel Cabrera on Thursday night and will hope to see a similar performance from staff ace Erik Bedard on Friday. Bedard will face off against the Red Sox, but you'll have to forgive his coaching staff and teammates if they're still buzzing about Cabrera's gem on Thursday night.

"He really attacked with his fastball," said pitching coach Leo Mazzone. "I think he's got an opportunity to throw more no-hitters in his future. He's got that type of stuff, and I think he has a good taste in his mouth for the offseason."

Bedard will get the ball in the series opener, and he'll try to continue his strong September. The southpaw is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his last five starts, and he's 2-1 with a 3.38 mark against Boston this season. The Red Sox will counter with Julian Tavarez, who has spent most of the season pitching out of the bullpen.

This series has been as one-sided as any in baseball during recent years. The Orioles are 2-13 against Boston this season and 49-72 against the Red Sox since the beginning of the 2000 season. Baltimore hasn't gotten the best of the Sox in a season series since 1996. Boston is 6-0 at Fenway Park this season against the Orioles.

Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Erik Bedard (15-10, 3.67)
Bedard is just 5-4 since the All-Star break, but he has a 2.85 ERA in his last 13 starts.

BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (4-4, 4.52)
Tavarez has made four of his five starts in September, logging a 2-0 record and a 3.51 ERA.

Player to watch
With one more hit, shortstop Miguel Tejada will set a new single-season record for the Orioles.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio

Up next
• Saturday: Orioles (LHP Adam Loewen, 6-6, 5.30) at Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 7-11, 4.63), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Orioles (RHP Hayden Penn, 0-3, 13.30) at Red Sox (RHP Devern Hansack, 0-1, 5.40), 2:05 p.m. ET

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