Scouting report: Red Sox vs. Orioles


At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day, Time, TV, Starters

Tonight, 7:35, 13, Bret Saberhagen (10-5, 4.78) vs. Mike Mussina (6-5, 3.63)

Tomorrow, 7:35, 13, Pedro Martinez (11-2, 2.87) vs. Scott Erickson (8-7, 4.24)

Saturday, 1:15, 45, Tim Wakefield (10-3, 4.29) vs. Sidney Ponson (2-6, 6.30)

Sunday, 1:35, HTS, Jin Ho Cho (0-1, 1.50) vs. Doug Drabek (5-9, 7.12)

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

Red Sox update

Skepticism over the wild card-leading Red Sox's lightning start is eroding as they become the last AL team this season to reach Camden Yards. The pitching suspected of being too thin to challenge for a playoff berth continues to hold. The Red Sox entered the break with three 10-game winners for the first time since 1975 -- when they fought the Cincinnati Reds to a seven-game World Series behind Luis Tiant, Bill Lee and Rick Wise. Given the presence of All-Star closer Tom Gordon, the Red Sox are 24-13 in games decided by two runs or less. After relying on Mark Lemke (now on the disabled list) and Mike Benjamin (.321) they still desire an everyday second baseman and might become a competitor in the bidding for All-Star MVP Roberto Alomar. The Orioles not only get their first regular-season look at Pedro Martinez, they will see Korean import Jin Ho Cho, who allowed one run in six innings in his major-league debut last Saturday.

Pub Date: 7/09/98

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