Sox hope to get June off to good start

Wakefield hopes to get June off to good start

After going 16-12 in May, the Red Sox will try to get June off to a good start when they face the American League East-leading Orioles on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

This is the third in a four-game series between the division rivals. After getting blown out in the opener, the Sox rallied to defeat the Orioles, 5-1, on Tuesday.

Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who has lost his past three starts, hopes to regain his form in this one. The Orioles counter with right-hander Sidney Ponson.

Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Sidney Ponson
• 5-3, 5.66 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 7.15 ERA vs. BOS in 2004

BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield
• 4-4, 4.48 ERA in 2005
• 2-1, 4.37 ERA vs. BAL in 2004

Player to watch
Sox cleanup man Manny Ramirez should be fresh after getting a rare night off on Tuesday.

"I've been a fan of [John] Olerud since I was in college and he was in the big leagues winning batting titles. He's a great guy to learn from. John Olerud and myself is better than just myself at this time. I'll get out of this sooner than later." -- Sox first baseman Kevin Millar

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• BAL: Comcast SportsNet

On radio
• BOS: WEEI-850 AM

Quick hits
Center fielder Johnny Damon hopes to be in the lineup Wednesday after suffering scrapes to his face and getting stitches above his right eye following a collision Tuesday night. ... The Sox hit .288 in May. ... The Sox have 15 comeback wins this season. ... David Ortiz leads the Sox with 12 homers; Ramirez leads in RBIs with 41.

On deck
• Thursday: vs. Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: vs. Anaheim, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: vs. Anaheim, 1:05 p.m. ET

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.