Leading the Major Leagues with 175 strikeouts, Erik Bedard will take the hill in a showdown with 13-game winner Josh Beckett of the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Bedard looks to keep the Orioles' second-half winning ways alive by using his biting curveball and some pinpointed fastballs against a potent Boston lineup.
In his last seven starts, Bedard has put together a 6-0 record and a 1.89 ERA.
Beckett, however, won't make things easy for the Birds. The right-hander owns a career 2-0 record and a 2.37 ERA against the Orioles. In 19 career innings against Baltimore, Beckett has struck out 16 and walked just two.
BAL: LHP Erik Bedard (10-4, 3.05 ERA)
Bedard is coming off a start in which he allowed more hits than he had in any of his previous six outings, but it certainly wasn't a hitting barrage. The left-hander held the Devil Rays to one run on six hits in six innings.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (13-4, 3.27 ERA)
Beckett dropped his last start in a tough-luck performance against the Indians. Despite allowing just four hits and one run over eight innings, the right-hander lost his fourth game of the season.
Player to watch
Wily Mo Pena has hit Bedard well in the times he's faced the left-hander. In eight career at-bats against the Orioles' ace, Pena has five hits and two RBIs.
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Wednesday: Orioles (Steve Trachsel, 5-7, 5.26) at Red Sox (Kason Gabbard, 4-0, 3.73), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 7-3, 2.89) at Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 12-9, 4.59), 1:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (Brian Burres, 5-4, 4.12) at Devil Rays (James Shields, 8-6, 4.47), 7:10 p.m. ET
Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.