Orioles battle Red Sox in AL East showdown

The Orioles are back in action after a back-to-back losses headed into the weekend. They will look to right the ship, as they host the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series.

The Orioles are in a bit of a struggle, as they have lost five of their last eight games, including a 4-3 setback to Boston August 11.

Meanwhile Boston, winners of five of their last seven, are clinging to their playoff hopes, as this series will be crucial for both teams.

The Red Sox will send out Kutter Crawford, Michael Wacha and Nick Pivetta to face the Birds. The Orioles will counter with Jordan Lyles, Kyle Bradish and Dean Kremer in this pivotal series.

❌️-FACTOR:

The Baltimore Battery ❌-FACTOR for the series will be the Orioles outfield.

Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander have been a little quiet at the plate lately, and it’s time for them to wake up.

In the last four games, the trio combined to go 5-for-38, with a home run and a double to go with three RBIs. They struck out 14 times versus five walks.

This trio, plus the addition of a certain top-10 O’s prospect, will need to turn it on to turn this series in a favorable position for the Orioles. They will be the difference-makers.

ROSTER MOVES:

The Orioles have reinforcements on the way.

As alluded to above, O’s No. 9 prospect Kyle Stowers has had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk. This year, Stowers has played 95 games in Norfolk, hitting 19 home runs and slashing .264/.357/.527.

Richie Martin and Nick Vespi will also be joining the Orioles for the series, as both have been recalled from Norfolk. Terrin Vavra has been placed on the paternity list, and Logan Gillaspie has been optioned to Norfolk.

Lastly, Brett Phillips has been designated for assignment. He received just 17 plate appearances in his nearly three weeks with the O’s, going 2-for-17 with a pair of doubles, no walks and nine strikeouts (.118/.118/.235).

GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:

Game one is set for 7:05 p.m. EST Friday, with a 4:05 p.m. EST time Saturday and a special 7:10 p.m. EST game Sunday for the Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, broadcasted on ESPN.

The first two games will be available on MASN and on your local Orioles Radio Network station.

How do you see this series playing out? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content!

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