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.
BAL: RHP Sidney Ponson
5-3, 5.66 ERA in 2005
1-0, 7.15 ERA vs. BOS in 2004
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.
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"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
Official game notes
BAL: Comcast SportsNet
BAL: WBAL AM
BOS: WEEI-850 AM
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.
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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.