Red Sox look to turn the page

Red Sox look to turn the page, make a stand

Home again, where they stand 35-17 compared to a near-even 31-30 on the road, the Red Sox will begin a three-game series against the Orioles on Friday night.

Boston leads the season series, 8-1. The Red Sox won the first eight matchups before falling May 17 at Camden Yards.

The clubs will play nine more times in 2006, and all but three contests will be at Fenway Park.

Friday marks the beginning of an 11-game homestand for the Red Sox. Following three games against the Orioles, the Detroit Tigers come in for three while the New York Yankees stay for five.

Catcher Javy Lopez, acquired via a trade from the Orioles last week, will make his first home appearance with the Red Sox. Lopez still has a house in Baltimore, and he was there during Boston's off-day Monday for his wife's birthday.

Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Adam Loewen (2-3, 5.72 ERA)
The rookie is coming off of arguably the best start of his career last Saturday. Loewen recorded a career-high eight strikeouts and allowed just one hit in 6 1/3 innings against the powerful Yankees to pick up his second win in his last three outings. Control continues to be a problem for the 22-year-old, as he allowed five free passes to New York, the third time he has allowed at least five walks in his last three starts.

BOS: LHP David Wells (0-2, 8.05 ERA)
Despite enduring a tough-luck loss, Wells is coming off the best of his four starts this season. He allowed just one earned run over six innings against the Devil Rays, scattering eight hits. An error by David Ortiz led to four unearned runs off Wells. Boomer has felt no ill effects from his troublesome right knee in his first two starts back from the DL. Wells is 16-12 lifetime against the Orioles with a 3.98 ERA.

Player to watch
After recently breaking an 0-for-15 skid, Lopez has four hits, including two doubles, in his last seven at-bats.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

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

Up next
• Saturday: Orioles (RHP Kris Benson, 9-9, 4.71) at Red Sox (RHP Jason Johnson, 3-11, 5.96) 1:25 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Orioles (RHP Daniel Cabrera, 5-7, 4.95) at Red Sox (LHP Jon Lester, 5-2, 3.86), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: Tigers (LHP Nate Robertson, 10-8, 3.82) at Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 13-6, 4.92) 7:05 p.m. ET

Kevin Druley is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.