Buchholz to make second career start

Buchholz to make second career start

The Red Sox will be out to avoid a season-high five-game losing streak when they host the Orioles in the middle game of their three-game series.

Boston dropped the opener Friday night, 9-8, after nearly wiping away a six-run deficit.

The Red Sox maintained their five-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East when New York was beaten, 9-1, by Tampa Bay in the Bronx on Friday night.

The first day of September callups couldn't come at a better time for Boston, which will use one of them to start Saturday night. Right-hander Clay Buchholz will make his second career start against Baltimore lefty Garrett Olson.

Other callups expected to be in uniform Saturday are outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Brandon Moss, infielder Royce Clayton and righty reliever Bryan Corey.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Clay Buchholz (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
With the rotation shifting a day forward to compensate for Tim Wakefield's sore back, Buchholz fills in, the earliest beneficiary of the Sept. 1 roster expansion. The rookie is no ordinary placeholder. The team's top pitching prospect, Buchholz will be making his second career Major League start. On Aug. 17, he held the Angels to three earned runs in six innings of work, notching the win.

BAL: LHP Garrett Olson (1-2, 7.33 ERA)
Olson was skipped in his last start and optioned to Class A Bluefield with the design that he could come back when that affilate's season ended. He got back into the rotation by virtue of an injury to staff ace Erik Bedard, who's nursing an oblique injury.

Player to watch
Mike Lowell singled in the first inning on Friday to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He is batting .469 (23-for-49) during that stretch, with three doubles, a homer, 13 RBIs and 10 runs. It is his third streak of at least 10 games this season. Lowell went 3-for-5 Friday to raise his average to a team-leading .326.

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Up next
• Sunday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 2-0, 5.67) vs. Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 9-13, 5.08), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 13-11, 3.88) vs. Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 5-6, 3.40), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 16-6, 3.29) vs. Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 14-6, 3.87), 7:05 p.m. ET

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.