Wakefield faces O's, aiming for sweep

Wakefield faces O's, aiming for series sweep

The Red Sox can't be thrilled that Wednesday is getaway day at Camden Yards. The Red Sox are 8-0 against the Orioles this season and hold a 13-game winning streak vs. Baltimore, dating back to Sept. 3, 2005.

They'll try to keep that streak going when veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield takes the mound against lefty Erik Bedard. The Red Sox have won Wakefield's last three starts, all of which have come with Doug Mirabelli, Wakefield's personal catcher, behind the plate.

The Boston bullpen continues to have a huge impact on the team's overall success.

"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.

Pitching matchup
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.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Up next
• 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

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