Play It Again

April 20, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


An Orioles offense that entered the game hitting .303 with runners in scoring position didn't get the job done. Overall, the Orioles were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, they had men on first and second with no outs, but Jon Lester struck out Felix Pie and Nick Markakis, and got Aubrey Huff to hit into a fielder's choice. They had men on first and third with no outs in the ninth and managed only Ty Wigginton's RBI groundout, leaving the tying run at second.


Orioles All-Star closer George Sherrill often struggles in nonsave situations. On Sunday, however, he turned in a scoreless eighth to keep the Orioles' deficit at two runs. Sherrill hadn't pitched in four days, so manager Dave Trembley figured it was a good time to get him into the game.


Monday's Patriot's Day game will start at 11:05 a.m. Mark Hendrickson (1-1, 3.00) will start for the Orioles against Red Sox right-hander Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.50). It is the first start of the season for Masterson, who had been pitching out of the bullpen. Hendrickson is 2-6 with an 8.56 ERA in 14 career appearances against the Red Sox.

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