The Baltimore Orioles will kick off their second week of the season in Boston against the Red Sox.
After winning their first four games, the Orioles lost against the New York Yankees on Sunday. Baltimore will have their hands full against the reigning AL East Champion in Boston. The Red Sox will have Drew Pomeranz back to make his first start of the season.
Pomeranz started the 2017 season on the disabled list with a left forearm flexor strain. Boston will also get Hanley Ramirez (flu) and Xander Bogaerts (bereavement list) back. Christian Vazquez will be the Red Sox catcher.
With Joey Rickard out for Baltimore, Trey Mancini will make his first start in left field as a Major Leaguer. Mancini has played in right field mainly this season, but Buck Showalter is giving him a chance to play the Green Monster on Monday.
“I’m just going to treat it like I would if I was playing right field,” Mancini said via The Baltimore Sun. “Obviously, there’s a big green wall out there that I’ve never played before, but in spring training I actually went out at JetBlue and took some in left just in case they had put me out there in the regular season. I took a lot of balls off the wall, and during BP, read balls. It’ll be a challenge but I’m excited for it. It’s pretty surreal to be playing out there.”
- RF Craig Gentry
- CF Adam Jones (12 HR, 40 RBI in career at Fenway Park)
- 3B Manny Machado
- DH Mark Trumbo
- 1B Chris Davis
- C Welington Castillo (2-4 against Pomeranz with one home run)
- LF Trey Mancini
- 2B Jonathan Schoop
- SS J.J. Hardy
Starting Pitcher: Dylan Bundy (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Bundy wasn’t very successful against the Red Sox to say the least last season. Mookie Betts has gone 4-for-9 against Bundy, hitting two homers. Dustin Pedroia has gone 5-for-11. Boston as a whole has batted .329/.395/.575 against the young right-hander in 73 ABs. He has his work cut out for him, to say the least.
- 2B Dustin Pedroia
- CF Andrew Benintendi
- RF Mookie Betts
- DH Hanley Ramirez
- 1B Mitch Moreland
- SS Xander Bogaerts
- 3B Pablo Sandoval
- LF Chris Young
- C Christian Vazquez
Starting Pitcher: Drew Pomeranz (2016 stats: 11-12, 3.32 ERA)
Pomeranz had a 4.59 ERA with Boston in 14 starts last season. He also posted a 1.36 WHIP. Pomeranz doesn’t have a lot of success against the Orioles, with Baltimore batting .292/.320/.583 against him.
How to Watch:
When: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET
Where: Fenway Park
TV: MASN 2, NESN