Sox set for O's, national TV audience

Sox set for O's, national television audience

Wade Miller is still adapting to life after a frayed rotator cuff, and he's holding his own. The right-hander hasn't been spectacular, but he continues to battle hard enough to keep his team in games.

In Saturday's nationally televised contest on FOX, Miller will try to get a reward for his battle as he searches for his first victory since May 31.

"It hasn't been easy. It hasn't been the easiest first half for me, but I've made some good progress," said Miller. "Overall, I'm pleased with that."

What has been the toughest part of his battle back from the injury?

"Just between starts right now -- recovery time isn't like it used to be," said Miller. "This is the year where I'm going to struggle a little bit between starts."

The Sox are coming off a 7-2 victory on Friday night that put them four games ahead of the Orioles. The Yankees have vaulted in front of Baltimore in the American League East standings and trail Boston by 3 1/2 games.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Wade Miller
• 2-2, 4.83 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 1.29 ERA vs. BAL in 2005

BAL: LHP Bruce Chen
• 6-5, 4.06 ERA in 2005
• 1-1, 5.84 ERA vs. BOS in 2005

Player to watch
Sox center fielder Johnny Damon, who had four hits on Friday night, will try to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.

"It's been huge. It's given the bullpen a chance to rest when it's beat up a little bit, and that's valuable." -- Jason Varitek, on the recent work of the starting rotation

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

On radio
• BOS: WEEI 850 AM

Quick hits
The Sox have won 10 of their last 12 games on the road. ... Damon's 65 runs place him first on the team, but he is just two ahead of David Ortiz. ... Ortiz leads the Sox in total bases with 191.

On deck
• Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35 p.m. ET
• Thursday: vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET

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