One contender leaves, another comes in. The Orioles dropped two straight games to Oakland this week, but will get a chance to redeem themselves with two games against Boston. The Red Sox come in for the first of two night games on Wednesday, and they'll do so with a slight lead over the Orioles in the AL East standings.
The Orioles hand the ball to Daniel Cabrera in the series opener, and he'll try to reverse his career history against Boston. Cabrera has started eight times against the Red Sox, and he has a 1-6 record and a 9.27 ERA against them. Boston will counter with staff ace Curt Schilling, who's been lights-out in his last three outings.
Baltimore has lost this series in four of the last five seasons and owns a 36-57 record against Boston since the dawn of the 2002 season. Last year was especially brutal, as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 15 times in 18 games. The O's are just 20-48 against Boston at Camden Yards since the beginning of the 1999 campaign.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling, 2-1, 3.81
Schilling has worked at least seven innings in each of his last three starts.
BAL: RHP Daniel Cabrera, 1-1, 4.10
Cabrera had 26 strikeouts and just seven walks in his first four starts.
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Cabrera's newfound control will be tested against Boston, one of the league's most patient teams.
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Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 4-0, 2.55) at Orioles (LHP Adam Loewen, (2-0, 3.72), 7:05 pm ET
Friday: Orioles (RHP Steve Trachsel, 1-1, 4.37) at Indians (RHP Jake Westbrook, 0-2, 9.15), 7:05 pm ET
Saturday: Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 3-2, 6.11) at Indians (LHP Jeremy Sowers, 0-1, 4.76), 7:05 pm ET
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.