Thursday night baseball and we will see the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles in game 3 of their 3 game series from Camden Yards. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on NESN (Boston) and MASN (Baltimore). Currently the odds have Boston favored at -122, while Baltimore is dogs of +113. The total for the game sits at 8.5 runs.
Free Analysis: Boston dropped to 2-4 on its current 10-game road trip that will end with three contests against bitter rival and AL East-leading New York over the weekend. The Red Sox are 4-10 in August to drop four games under .500, the lowest they've been since mid-May. Boston has allowed at least five runs in each of the 10 losses this month. Jacoby Ellsbury has four straight two-hit games and an amazing 38 game hit streak vs the O's, while second baseman Dustin Pedroia is riding a 10-game hitting streak overall. The offense may not be getting the boost they need anytime soon. Boston announced before Wednesday's game that David Ortiz, who has been out since mid-July with an Achilles strain, will stop all activity for a few days. For tonight’s game Boston starts Clay Buchholz who has lost just once since June. He is 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA over his last 11 starts and a 1.15 ERA over his last five outings while going 2-0. He is 6-3 with three shutouts against the Orioles, including a no-hitter in 2007. The Baltimore Orioles have ascended to the top of the American League wild card standings by winning nine of their last 11 games and will look to cap a 10-game homestand with a sweep of Boston tonight. The Orioles have used a pair of five-run sixth innings to take the first two games of the series and improve to 8-3 against the Red Sox this season. The latest victory moved Baltimore 11 games over .500 and one game ahead of Tampa Bay in the wild card race. Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.40) will get the ball for Baltimore tonight. He had his four-start winning streak snapped after allowing six runs and six hits, including three homers, in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to Kansas City last Saturday. The right-hander is making his first start against the Red Sox this season. He is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in two previous appearances. The Orioles are 32-28 at home, while the Sox are 28-27 on the road.
Free Pick: The Sox are 33-9 in Clay's next start after he had a quality start in his last outing. Can ya tell I like the Sox here. I know the clubhouse is a mess right now, but I fell that Boston will look to head to NY with some momentum. Having Clay Bucholz on the mound doesn't hurt. Clay has struggled with the O's somewhat this year, but he is still 6-3 and has thrown 3 shutouts at them in his career.Clay is also pitching very well right now, with a 2-0 mark and a 1.15 ERA in his last 5 starts. Chris Tilman has pitched well for the O's and while he is 2-1 in his las 3 starts, he has a 5.50 ERA over that stretch. The O's have bailed him out with 5.57 rpg in his last 3 starts, but they won't put that up vs Clay here. The O's are for real, but tonight Boston will steal the show.
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