The Orioles won their fourth straight game Friday night and moved to .500 for the first time in nearly two weeks, and they'll have a chance to push over the break-even mark with a Saturday matinee at Fenway Park. Baltimore's bullpen had to work four strong innings in the series opener and may need to recharge its batteries Saturday.
Steve Trachsel will get the ball in the middle act, and he'll try to counteract his recent streak of hard luck. Boston will counter with Curt Schilling, who's been one of the most dominant starters in the league this season. Trachsel got a no-decision in his last start despite pitching six innings and allowing just one run against Cleveland.
Baltimore has lost this series in four of the last five seasons and owns a 37-59 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 22-25 against Boston at Fenway Park since the beginning of the '02 campaign.
BAL: RHP Steve Trachsel (1-3, 3.70)
Trachsel has worked at least six innings and allowed three earned runs or less four times -- without a win.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (4-1, 3.28)
Schilling has won four straight decisions and has worked into the seventh inning six straight times.
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Melvin Mora had a four-hit night on Friday and has hit safely in five of his last six games.
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Sunday: Orioles (RHP Jeremy Guthrie, 2-1, 4.64) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 7-0, 2.51), 2:05 pm ET
Monday: Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 3-2, 4.79) at Blue Jays (RHP Tomo Ohka, 2-4, 5.53), 7:07 pm ET
Tuesday: Orioles (RHP Daniel Cabrera, 3-3, 4.59) at Blue Jays (TBA), 7:07 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.