rick porcello boston red soxThe Baltimore Orioles (28-72) return to Camden Yards to face the Boston Red Sox (70-31) in a three-game series starting tonight.

After getting swept in Toronto to begin the second half of the season, the Orioles will battle the team with the best record in all of baseball as they kick off a seven-game homestand.

After their three straight losses in Canada, the struggling Orioles now have a miserable 5-13 record in July and could once again amass another 20-loss month.

The Red Sox, who won two of three against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, are beginning to pull away in the race for the top seed in the majors and in the race for the division title thanks to what has so far been an impressive July.

They have gone 14-3 run this month and a 21-5 record over their last 26 contests and as a result currently own a five-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees.


Series Pitching Matchups

Monday, July 23
Rick Porcello (11-4, 4.13 ERA)
Kevin Gausman (4-7, 4.33 ERA)

Note: Although Gausman owned a 5.00 ERA through his first three starts in July, he still boasts a solid 3.83 ERA over his last seven outings. After struggling against Toronto in his last start (2 IP, 8 ER) Porcello will be looking to bounce back. In the four starts prior to his last, Porcello had gone 3-0 with a stout 3.19 ERA over 25 2/3 innings.

Tuesday, July 24
Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 6.81 ERA)
Yefry Ramirez (0-3, 3.09 ERA)

Note: Ramirez is still searching for his first career win despite his impressive outings since being called up from the minors. He’s recorded three appearances in which he’s allowed one run or less through five innings of work. Pomeranz is coming off the DL and will make his first start since July 31. He had just two quality starts in eight attempts before landing on the DL.

Wednesday, July 25
David Price (11-6, 4.17 ERA).
Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.57 ERA)

Bundy has posted a 10.95 ERA over his last three starts and a 7.77 ERA over his last five. After going 4-1 with a stellar 2.90 ERA over five starts in June, Price has not been able to find the same form this month and owns a 6.43 ERA through four starts in July.


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