"I said in April, and I said late in Spring Training, we've got a shutdown bullpen," said Red Sox ace Curt Schilling. "This is a bullpen where literally there's five guys, you can mix and match them from the sixth and seventh inning on, and they can throw up power numbers."
Jonathan Papelbon continues to be nearly unhittable as the closer. The rookie right-hander is 14-for-14 in save opportunities.
"What can you say about Pap other than he's been phenomenal," Schilling said.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (3-4, 4.03 ERA)
Wakefield has been on a roll since Mirabelli returned as his personal catcher. In that three-start span, Wakefield is 2-0 and has allowed three earned runs or less in each outing. Wakefield notched a 5-3 victory over the Yankees in his last start, striking out nine and allowing three runs over six innings. He is looking for his third win in as many starts against Baltimore this season.
BAL: LHP Erik Bedard (4-2, 4.63 ERA)
Bedard has two wins and two no-decisions in his last four outings, and he hasn't won since April 20. The southpaw has pitched at least five innings in seven of his eight starts and has gone six or more four times. In his last two starts -- comprising seven innings of action -- Bedard has allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs.
Player to watch
Second baseman Mark Loretta continues to sizzle, with 17 hits in his last 33 at-bats.
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Friday: Red Sox (RHP Matt Clement, 3-3, 5.58 ERA) at Phillies (RHP Jon Lieber, 3-4, 5.50 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP, Josh Beckett, 5-1, 4.24 ERA) at Phillies (RHP Brett Myers, 2-1, 2.73), 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (LHP Lenny DiNardo, 1-1, 6.17 ERA) at Phillies (RHP Cory Lidle, 3-4, 5.12 ERA), 1:35 p.m. ET