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Orioles: Freel starting in left

Ryan Freel will start in left field for the Orioles in tonight's series opener against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, which probably seems odd since Sox pitcher Brad Penny is right-handed and Freel bats from the right side, while regular left fielder Felix Pie is a left-handed hitter.

The reason apparently is Freel's .421 lifetime batting average against Penny. He has eight hits in 19 at-bats over the past six seasons and a .522 on-base percentage. Pie has never faced Penny in a regular season game.

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