Scouting report: Orioles vs. Red Sox

June 27, 2000|By Joe Strauss

At Fenway Park, Boston

Day ............ Time .............. TV ................. Starters

Tonight ........ 7:05 .............. HTS ............. Mike Mussina (5-7, 4.15)

........................................................ vs. Pete Schourek (2-6, 4.32)

Tomorrow ...... 7:05 ...............HTS ............. Jason Johnson (0-6, 6.15)

..........................................................vs. Ramon Martinez (6-4, 5.75)

Thursday ....... 7:05 ............ 13, 50 ............. Scott Erickson (3-5, 7.36)

...........................................................vs. undecided

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Red Sox update

If possible, the Orioles catch the Red Sox at a good time. In their earlier series, the Red Sox swept four games at Camden Yards by a cumulative 35-6. The Orioles have scored only six runs in their past 66 innings against them. Having lost four of their past five series, the Red Sox's two-week slide has twice allowed them to feel first place, but now leaves them 2 1/2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays, who swept a three-game series from them over the weekend. It has gotten so bad for the Red Sox that Pedro Martinez's no-decision Sunday left him with three consecutive winless starts for the first time since September 1998. His appearance Sunday means the Orioles miss him, a good thing considering his suffocating 15-strikeout, two-hitter May 12. Red Sox pitchers have allowed 26 home runs in their past 10 games. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is now complaining about his relief role after allowing 12 earned runs in his past three outings. John Wasdin was forced to start Friday after 64 consecutive relief appearances. Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra's 13-game hitting streak ended Friday, but he has still batted .421 (43-for-102) in 27 games since returning from the disabled list May 27. The Red Sox's bullpen has converted only 18 of 30 save chances. Center fielder Carl Everett remains the Red Sox's leading run producer with 23 home runs and 68 RBIs.

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