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Beckett takes aim at win No. 15

Beckett takes aim at win No. 15

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In the last 26 years, the Red Sox have continually displayed their dominance over their American League East counterparts, the Orioles, winning the season series 20 times. Although Boston lost Friday, it still holds a 6-3 series lead and will look to increase its advantage Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Josh Beckett will look to pick up his Major League-leading 15th win of the season. Beckett lost two consecutive starts for the first time all season in late July, but he bounced back in his last outing to earn a win. He held Seattle to one run on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Becket has faced the Orioles three times this season, going 1-1 with 4.05 ERA. He has struck out seven or more hitters in 12 of his 22 starts.

No Red Sox hitter has faced 23-year-old Garrett Olson, who will make just his third Major League start. The southpaw last pitched for the Orioles on July 15, when he picked up his first career win by allowing two runs on six hits in five innings to the White Sox.

The Red Sox's loss paired with the Yankees' win Friday trimmed Boston's lead to five games in the American League East. The last time the Sox's lead was less than five games was May 2.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (14-5, 3.31 ERA)
Beckett is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in four career starts against Baltimore.

BAL: LHP Garrett Olson (1-0, 3.86 ERA)
Olson has gone 9-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 22 starts with Triple-A Norfolk.

Player to watch
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 Friday and is 16-for-35 (.457) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs in his last nine games. He is also 7-for-24 with three RBIs against Baltimore this season and his .328 batting average is seventh-best in the American League.

Tickets
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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FOX

On radio
• WRKO 680, WROL (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 6-5, 4.31) at Orioles (Steve Trachsel, 5-7, 4.88), 1:35 p.m. ET
• Monday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 13-10, 4.81) vs. Devil Rays (James Shields, 9-7, 4.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 1-0, 6.43) vs. Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 9-7, 3.58), 7:05 p.m. ET

Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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