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O's turn to Trachsel to win series

O's turn to Trachsel to win series

The Orioles and Red Sox split the first two games of their three-game series, leaving Sunday's matinee as the rubber match. Baltimore made late comebacks in both of the first two games -- a winning one Friday and one that fell short Saturday. The O's are just 1-4 on their current homestand and could salvage the week with one additional victory.

The series finale features two veterans with long track records: Steve Trachsel and Curt Schilling. Trachsel has pitched amidst rumors that he could be traded for several weeks, and they've continued unabated since the non-waiver trade deadline. Schilling, meanwhile, has made just one start since returning from a case of right shoulder tendinitis.

Saturday may not have gone well, but the Orioles have a chance to win a series against the Red Sox for the first time this year. Baltimore lost all three prior series against Boston and has dropped the season set seven times in the last eight years. Still, Baltimore is 24-22 overall and 11-6 against American League East opponents since manager Dave Trembley took over.

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Steve Trachsel (5-7, 4.88 ERA)
Trachsel pitched well in his last two starts but hasn't won since returning from the disabled list in late July.

BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (6-5, 4.31 ERA)
Schilling is 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 road starts and 3-1 with a 3.79 mark in day games this season.

Player to watch
Aubrey Huff had a long at-bat in the ninth inning Saturday and seems to be more locked in lately.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• MASN

On radio
• WHFS 105.7

Up next
• Monday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 7-4, 3.22) at Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 13-6, 3.94), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 8-12, 5.14) at Yankees (Jeff Karstens, 0-2, 10.13), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Orioles (Erik Bedard, 12-4, 3.11) at Yankees (Phil Hughes, 2-1, 4.64), 1:05 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.

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