The Red Sox won Game 1 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader, 3-2, in dramatic fashion on pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera's broken-bat, walk-off single in the ninth. Both starters in the matinee -- the O's Miguel Gonzalez and the Red Sox's Jon Lester -- performed brilliantly to set the stage for the nightcap.
Baltimore will be getting some extra help, as third baseman Manny Machado will return from his five-game suspension.
The Red Sox might have their work cut out for them in Game 2. O's starter Ubaldo Jiminez is 1-3 with a 9.31 ERA (30 ER/29 IP) in six career starts against Boston. However, he is coming off his longest outing as an Oriole in a win against the Rangers on Monday, when he whiffed seven and walked one over eight scoreless innings. In his last three starts, he's 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
Conversely, Boston will counter with John Lackey, who has struggled as of late. In his last two starts, the right-hander has given up 13 hits and 11 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings. However, Lackey has pitched well at Fenway this season, going 5-2 with a 2.77 ERA in nine starts.
Red Sox: Club not considering sending Bogaerts to Triple-A
Xander Bogaerts had a terrific May. He had a rough June, especially as the month progressed. But Farrell said the rookie third baseman will be with the team in July and beyond. Sending him to Triple-A Pawtucket hasn't been considered.
Bogaerts is 2-for-50 in his last 13 games, but the Red Sox insist they have faith in the 21-year-old.
"It might be a little bit more prevalent for a guy that's still creating a foundation here at the big league level, where those swings of confidence might be a little bit wider," Farrell said. "But this is also somebody that we believe in and we continue to have him in the lineup and provide opportunities."
Orioles: Norris could rejoin rotation early next week
With a storm moving above Camden Yards on Thursday, the O's had to be creative to be sure Bud Norris' rehab stayed on track.
Norris was scheduled to take pitchers' fielding practice at 4:05 p.m. ET before an impending storm threatened to delay it.
"We had to set up a gymnasium today in case it was raining," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He definitely needs to get this under his belt."
Norris will throw a simulated game in between Saturday's games.
• Kevin Gausman threw two innings in an abbreviated start for Class A short-season Aberdeen on Wednesday. The righty will start for the O's on Sunday. He has a 3.86 ERA in five starts for Baltimore this season.
• With a double in the third inning on Wednesday, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz became the 36th player in Major League history with 1,000 extra-base hits.
Maria Torres is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.