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Tuesday, August 27th (All times Eastern)

Baltimore Orioles (70-59) at Boston Red Sox (77-55), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Wei-Yin Chen (7-6, 3.19) Boston - Felix Doubront (9-6, 3.79)

(Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox made a huge statement over the weekend. They try to do the same on Tuesday when they open a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

Boston took two of three from the hottest team in baseball, the Los Angeles, Dodgers, and stretched its lead atop the American League East standings over the Tampa Bay Rays to 1 1/2 games.

Baltimore, meanwhile, enters this series 5 1/2 games back of the Red Sox.

Boston handed the Dodgers their first series loss since June 14-16 on Sunday behind a terrific effort from Jake Peavy, as the Red Sox rolled to an 8-1 triumph. Peavy gave up three hits in the win, while Mike Napoli knocked in three runs to help Boston win for the fifth time in eight chances.

"This shows the caliber of ballclub that we are," Peavy said. "We're on the same level with those guys. I knew the day I walked into this clubhouse what we had here. And every guy, man for man, knows that we're capable of playing with anybody on a given day. It's just up to us to be prepared to do that."

Baltimore had a successful weekend of its own, as it took two of three from the Oakland Athletics to draw within 2 1/2 games of the second wild card spot in the AL. The O's had lost six of nine before the series win in Oakland.

"I've said many times, the baseball gods, if you keep grinding, they'll shine on you, and our guys have. They've never given in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after his team's win over the A's on Friday. "When these guys' backs are to the wall, I have a lot of faith in what they'll bring."

Baltimore stands a good chance at slicing into the Red Sox's advantage, as it has won six of 10 from them this season after going 13-5 versus Boston a year ago.

Getting the call for the O's in the opener will be Taiwanese left-hander Wei- Yin Chen, who snapped a three-game losing streak his last time out. Chen beat the Rays on Wednesday, surrendering two runs and six hits in seven innings to improve to 7-6, while lowering his ERA to 3.19.

Chen is 2-1 in four starts versus the Red Sox with a 2.96 ERA.

Boston will counter with a lefty of its own in Felix Doubront, who is 9-6 with a 3.79 ERA. Doubront beat the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, limiting them to a run and five hits in eight innings.

Doubront, though, is 0-2 against the O's with a 3.58 ERA in seven games (4 starts) against them.

08/27 10:29:13 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
10th
SYR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
KAN 8
CHC 4
8th
COL 2
PHI 0
 
8th
TAM 1
BAL 1
 
9th
MIA 4
NYM 2
 
6th
WAS 2
CIN 3
 
4th
BOS 0
TEX 2
 
3rd
ARI 3
MIL 3
 
3rd
CWS 0
HOU 0
 
8:10pm Tonight
TOR 0
MIN 0
3rd
LOS 0
STL 1
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
1st Intermission
TAM 0
NYR 0
 
Final
AUBURN 6
CHARLESTON 7
 
Final
CALIFORNIA 9
CCAROLINA 3
 
Final
COLUMBIA 6
ECAROLINA 3
 
Final
ORALROBRTS 6
ARKANSAS 8
 
Final
SFLORIDA 5
FAU 3
 
Final
WRIGHTST 7
NOTREDAME 13
 
Final
MICHIGAN 10
BRADLEY 5
 
Final
OREGON 1
IOWA 3
 
Final
TEXAS 4
OREGONST 5
 
Final
INDIANA 7
RADFORD 1
 
Final
ULLAFAYETE 7
RICE 6
 
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
8th
LEHIGH 3
LSU 8
 
9th
CLEMSON 4
ARIZONAST 7
 
9th
MERCER 4
FLORIDAST 4
 
9th
MOREHEADST 2
LOUISVILLE 7
 
Final
VIRGINIA 6
USC 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
CANISIUS 0
SWMISSOURI 0
 
7th
FIU 0
MIAFLA 6
 
6th
FLAAM 0
FLORIDA 9
 
6th
MARYLAND 3
MISS 0
 
7th
STJOHNS 3
OKLAHOMAST 4
 
7th
TSOUTHERN 0
TEXASAM 2
 
5th
VCU 6
DALLASBAPT 1
 
3rd
HSTNBAPT 4
HOUSTON 0
 
3rd
LIPSCOMB 0
VANDERBILT 2
 
3rd
OHIO 2
ILLINOIS 6
 
3rd
SACREDHART 0
TCU 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Tonight
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Tonight
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Tonight
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
10th
SYR 0
DUR 3