BOSTON -- Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has had more success against the Boston Red Sox than any other American League East opponent, so it's no wonder why manager Buck Showalter pushed him back to pitch tonight in the first game of this weekend’s four-game series at Fenway Park.
Tuesday's rainout provided the opportunity.
Tillman, who celebrated his 26th birthday Tuesday, is 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 career starts against the Red Sox, including an Opening Day no-decision against Boston on March 31. He is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in five career starts at Fenway Park.
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In six starts against the Red Sox last season, Tillman went 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA and four quality starts. The Orioles won five of the six games he started against Boston in 2013.
The Orioles have played well in Boston recently, winning 14 of their last 20 games at Fenway since Sept. 11, 2011. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, the Orioles are 33-25 against Boston overall, and their 33 wins against the Red Sox are the most by any AL East team in that span. The Yankees and Rays each have 28.
Following the day off Thursday, it looks like the Orioles are getting healthy again. Adam Jones is back in center field and Evan Meek will likely be available in the bullpen.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
Nick Markakis RF
Delmon Young LF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Chris Tillman RHP
Grady Sizemore LF
Daniel Nava RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli DH
Mike Carp 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
Brock Holt 3B
John Lackey RHP