In Friday night MLB action, the Baltimore Orioles will travel to historic Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak and are sitting in last place in the AL East Division standings. On Thursday, Baltimore went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position during a 6-4 home loss versus Detroit.
Rookie right-hander Spenser Watkins (2-3 4.22 ERA) will make his seventh career major league start for the Orioles. Last time out, Watkins was tagged for five runs (4 ER) in six innings during a 12-3 home loss versus Tampa Bay.
The Boston Red Sox are ten games above .500 at home and trail Tampa Bay by five full games for first place. On Thursday, Boston managed just two hits and struck out 11 times during an 8-1 home loss versus Tampa Bay. All-Star 3B Rafael Devers drove in his 85th run of the season in a losing effort for the Red Sox (66-51).
The Red Sox will turn to twenty-eight year old righty Nick Pivetta (8-5 4.34 ERA) in the series opener. In his last start, Pivetta allowed one hit in six shutout innings during a 1-0 road loss against Toronto.