Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday at Red Sox, plus lineups, broadcast info and more

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles (5-8) vs. Red Sox (10-2)

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (0-2, 8.68 ERA) vs. Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodríguez (0-0, 7.36 ERA)

What to watch

1. Hottest team in the AL. The Orioles go from dropping two of three to the Blue Jays to facing the best team in the American League thus far. The Red Sox lead the division at 10-2 after winning nine straight games between Opening Day and a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. Boston comes in tied for second in the AL in runs while ranking third in ERA. The Orioles are eighth in ERA and tied for 10th in runs scored.

2. Another step. Chris Tillman took a baby step forward in his second start. He allowed three runs through five innings at Yankee Stadium, before he was needed to be extended one more inning after a 14-inning win by the O’s the night before. He allowed two more runs in the sixth and left with five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Red Sox should help him find out if he’s on the right track or still searching.

3. Old friend. Former Orioles prospect Eduardo Rodríguez will be looking to bounce back from a poor season debut in which he threw 92 pitches and allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Rays. No current Orioles have had great success against the lefty, with the highest averages being .286 (Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph). Danny Valencia usually feasts on southpaws, but is batting .167 in 12 career at-bats against Rodríguez.

Orioles lineup

LF Trey Mancini

SS Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

DH Danny Valencia

1B Chris Davis

3B Tim Beckham

RF Craig Gentry

C Caleb Joseph

Red Sox lineup

RF Mookie Betts

LF Andrew Benintendi

1B Mitch Moreland

DH J.D. Martinez

3B Rafael Devers

2B Eduardo Núñez

CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

C Christian Vázquez

SS Tzu-Wei Lin

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