A preview of today’s game against the Orioles.

As the Red Sox are about to embark on a cross country flight to play a four game set against the first place Seattle Mariners. But, they first have to take care of business in Baltimore.

Looking to finish off the sweep, going to Chris Sale is a good decision.  Both Mookie and J.D. are in today’s lineup. Now an interesting move by Alex Cora is giving Mitch Moreland the day off and starting Brock Holt at 1st base, not Blake Swihart. Swihart’s playing time has increased since Hanley’s departure, but his batting average has decreased. Keep an eye on that.

The Red Sox will be sending Chris Sale to the mound today. Sale is holding a 2.83 ERA through his first 14 starts of the season. After two rough starts in a row, Sale made sure to bounce back. Facing his old team helped do the trick, and he fired off eight one-run innings and striking out 10. Unfortunately, as been the case in a number of his starts, the Red Sox offense was absent. Sale took a tough 1-0 loss.

Yefry Ramirez is making his major league debut this afternoon. The 24 year old right-hander has spent the past seven seasons in the minors. Ramirez was signed as a 17 year old out of the Dominican Republic. Ramirez has spent time with the Diamondbacks, Yankees and Orioles organizations. In 116 games (92 starts), he compiled a 3.55 ERA with a solid walk-to-strikeout ratio. In 530.1 innings, he struck out 518 and walked 166. The most batters he has walked in a season is 49. Quite the test for him in his debut in the bigs is facing this Red Sox lineup.

Chris Sale — Career vs Baltimore Orioles in 15 games (9 starts), 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA. Career at Camden Yards in 9 games (6 starts), 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA.

Baltimore Orioles:

Pedro Alvarez – 0 for 1

Chris Davis – 2 for 20 (.100 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 7 Ks

Craig Gentry – 2 for 12 (.167 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Adam Jones – 6 for 25 (.240 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, 11 Ks

Manny Machado – 6 for 16 (.375 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 5 Ks

Trey Mancini – 5 for 12 (.417 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 3 Ks

Jace Peterson —–

Joey Rickard – 2 for 9 (.222 avg) Double, Walk, K

Jonathan Schoop – 4 for 16 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, Walk, 4 Ks

Chance Sisco —–

Mark Trumbo – 5 for 23 (.217 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 11 Ks

Danny Valencia – 3 for 21 (.143 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 6 Ks

Austin Wynns —–

Yefry Ramirez — Major League Debut.