Red Sox set to face O's

Red Sox look to take flight against Orioles

Left-hander Kason Gabbard will try to produce a worthy encore to the gem he fired last week against the White Sox, when he didn't allow a run over seven innings and earned a 1-0 win.

Gabbard takes the ball Tuesday night in Baltimore, where the Red Sox open up a three-game series -- and a seven-game road trip -- against the Orioles.

The Red Sox salvaged the final game of a three-game series against the Royals on Sunday after losing the first two games.

Though the calendar and the standings are working against them, the Red Sox will continue their quest to stay alive in the postseason race, where they trail the Yankees by 10 games in the American League East and the Twins by 7 1/2 games in the Wild Card standings.

Pitching matchup
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (1-3, 3.93 ERA)
The left-hander is coming off the best start of his young career, when he fired seven shutout innings en route to a 1-0 victory over the White Sox. Gabbard is 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA on the road. This will be Gabbard's first appearance against an American League East team.

BAL: RHP Daniel Cabrera (7-9, 4.84 ERA)
Since being recalled from Triple-A in early August, Cabrera has continued to show great potential, but he is still an inconsistent pitcher. He threw back-to-back scoreless outings toward the end of August, but has given up nine runs in 10 innings over his last two starts. Cabrera earned a loss at Boston on August 13, when the Red Sox scored seven runs in four innings off the starter.

Player to watch
Look for Alex Cora to start on Tuesday night, given his track record (7-for-13) against Cabrera.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

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

Up next
• Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 7-8, 4.14) at Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 13-9, 3.91), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Red Sox (TBA) at Orioles (LHP Adam Loewen, 5-5, 5.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 14-10, 5.09) at Yankees (RHP Jaret Wright, 9-7, 4.62), 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.