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O's vs. Red Sox preview: May 30-June 2

It's always a good thing to win two out of three games, particularly when you're facing the New York Yankees. But will the Orioles be able to complete a sweep against the Bronx Bombers this season?

The Orioles have won the first two games against the Yankees at Camden Yards on two different occasions already in 2008, but they have lost the third game both times.

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After an emotional victory against the Yankees on Tuesday night, the Orioles failed to win the series finale on Wednesday. They lost to the Yankees, 4-2, despite another strong performance from starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. On April 20, the Orioles lost, 7-1, after beating the Yankees in the first two games of the weekend series.

Now they'll turn their attention to a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles were able to win both games against the Red Sox earlier this month at Camden Yards. Those two games are the only meetings so far in 2008 between the two clubs.

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The Red Sox come to Baltimore after losing five out of six games on the West Coast against the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners. Former Oriole Erik Bedard struck out eight Boston hitters and allowed only two hits in seven innings for the Mariners in a 1-0 victory on Wednesday.

Pitching matchups

Friday 5/30: Daniel Cabrera (5-1, 3.70) vs. Josh Beckett (5-4, 4.43)

Saturday 5/31: Garrett Olson (4-1, 4.09) vs. Jon Lester (3-3, 3.55)

Sunday 6/1: Brian Burres (4-4, 3.16) vs. Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.25)

Monday 6/2: Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 3.64) vs. TBA

Who you should play from the Red Sox

Manny Ramirez, LF – It's obvious that Ramirez should be starting for your fantasy team, but you should also be aware of the milestone that the veteran outfielder is about to surpass. Ramirez only needs one more home run to become the 24th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. In 182 career games against the Orioles, Ramirez is hitting .313 with 31 home runs and 145 RBIs. Today happens to be Ramirez's 36th birthday. Is there a better birthday gift than a historic home run?

Who you should bench from the Red Sox

Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP – It's not clear at this time whether Matsuzaka will pitch as scheduled on Monday against the Orioles. However, it might be a good idea to leave him out of your lineup even if he makes the start. The 27-year-old starter is 0-1 with an 8.38 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles. Add this to the fact that he likely won't be pitching at full strength and it's probably a good idea to give him a rest.

Who you should play from the Orioles

Luke Scott, LF – Scott performed well against the Red Sox in the two-game series earlier this month at Camden Yards. On May 13, Scott was 3-for-4, including a three-run home run against Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett. With Beckett starting tonight, it's a good idea to at least have Scott activated for tonight's game. It also might be a good idea to start him on Sunday and Monday, but he should probably be benched tomorrow with left-handed pitcher Jon Lester starting.

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Who you should bench from the Orioles

Brian Roberts, 2B – Earlier this season, Roberts was 3-for-7 with a double and three runs scored against the Red Sox. But Roberts' career batting average against Boston is only .236 in 83 games. He's been starting to heat up recently – 5-for-10 in the past two games – but it's hard to tell if that means he's ready to go on a tear. Roberts has been inconsistent so far this season, so it is difficult to predict how he'll perform against the Red Sox. You should probably have him in your starting lineup this weekend, but be aware that he might struggle.

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