Sox, Miller look to gain ground on O's

Red Sox, Miller look to gain ground on O's

Wade Miller and his Red Sox teammates will both be trying to bounce back when Boston entertains Baltimore on Tuesday in the second game of a four-game set at Fenway Park.

Miller had the shortest and roughest outing of his Red Sox career last Thursday, when he allowed seven runs in two innings, including six in the first and took his first loss of 2005 as the Red Sox fell in Toronto, 8-1. Miller will be opposed by righty Daniel Cabrera, who is making his 10th start of the season.

The Red Sox dropped Monday night's opener to the Orioles, 8-1, to fall four games behind the first-place Birds in the American League East. Boston has lost five of its last seven.

John Olerud made his Red Sox Fenway debut, collecting two hits in the loss. Olerud has multi-hit games in each of his first two starts with the Sox.

Rookie catcher Kelly Shoppach came in as an eighth-inning replacement for Jason Varitek and saw his first action before the home fans.

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Daniel Cabrera
• 4-3, 5.30 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 16.50 ERA in 2004 vs. BOS

BOS: RHP Wade Miller
• 1-1, 6.16 ERA in 2005
• Did not face BAL in 2004

Player to watch
Johnny Damon extended his American League-leading multi-hit games total to 24 with two more hits Monday, two more than Baltimore's Brian Roberts. Damon went 2-for-2 and raised his average to .353. Damon has multiple hits in three straight games and has reached base in five straight plate appearances, beginning with two hits in his last two at-bats Sunday night in New York.

"It's happened before where we've had a good series in New York and had to come back and continue to play good baseball, whether it's here or on the road. That's not a concern of ours. We're still up for these teams. Baltimore is in first place. You can't give them an inch or they'll take a mile." -- Sox right fielder Trot Nixon following Monday's loss

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

On radio
• BAL: WBAL 1090 AM
• BOS: WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Quick hits
Manny Ramirez's two-out RBI single in the eighth Monday helped the Red Sox avoid their first home shutout since Sept. 17, 2003, vs. Tampa Bay. The Sox are the only AL team that hasn't been shut out in 2005. Cincinnati is the only other Major League team to make the same claim. Boston has gone 70 games without being blanked, dating to Sept. 12, 2004, at Seattle. Boston is 6-16 this season when scoring less than five runs. John Halama's 4 1/3 innings Monday were the most by a Boston reliever this season. Jeremi Gonzalez went four innings May 26 at Toronto.

On deck
• Wednesday: vs. Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: vs. Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: vs. L.A. Angels of Anaheim, 7:05 p.m. ET

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.