Baltimore has managed only three runs against Beckett in his two career starts against them. On April 26 at Camden Yards, Beckett gave up two runs in eight innings, earning the win after the Red Sox took the lead on a Wily Mo Pena grand slam.
Taking the mound for the Orioles will be Stanford product Jeremy Guthrie, who has a 4.64 ERA in eight appearances this season, two of them starts.
BAL: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.64 ERA)
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (7-0, 2.51 ERA)
Beckett, who will make his third May start, has been less prolific in his career in the season's second month than he has in April. In May, Beckett's ERA rises from 3.20 to 4.07. He has been far more effective this season, allowing just four earned runs in 14 May innings, for a 2.51 ERA.
Guthrie has pitched only two career innings against the Red Sox, allowing one run and striking out two. The 28-year-old Guthrie got a relatively late start on his professional career, taking two years off in the middle of college to undertake a Mormon mission in Spain. In 2001, he was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and until this season, he had gained his only Major League experience with the Cleveland Indians.
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Former Red Sox and current Orioles outfielder Jay Payton has six hits in 14 career at-bats against Beckett, by far the best history among Baltimore hitters. None of those hits, however, went for extra bases.
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Monday: Tigers (LHP Nate Robertson, 3-2, 3.43) at Red Sox (RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 4-2, 4.80), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Tigers (RHP Justin Verlander, 3-1, 2.83) at Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 4-3, 1.79), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Tigers (LHP Mike Maroth, 3-0, 4.69) at Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 1-4, 6.60), 7:05 p.m. ET