Baltimore Orioles head to the Fens for the weekend

The Baltimore Orioles will make their maiden voyage to Fenway Park (or “Pahk”) in Boston this weekend as they get set for a weekend showdown with the Boston Red Sox. Boston of course is fresh off of taking two-of-three from New York this week, in a series that featured multiple theatrics. The O’s of course dropped two-of-three to Toronto at home this week, but hope to rebound in Boston.

The Birds had their own dust-up with Boston last year under somewhat similar circumstances. As I said yesterday, the difference is that the Machado slide on Pedroia was a hard slide, but clean. The Austin slide was dirty. Granted that’s my view, but sliding in with your spikes up is a big no-no.

And the situation between Boston and New York isn’t over with yet. The teams have 16 more meetings this year. And Boston never forgets. So…based on what happened over the weekend, will their memories of last year creep up this weekend with the Orioles? One would hope not.

Needless to say, this is a big early-season series at Fenway Park for the Birds. You hope for a split; but we also said that last weekend in the Bronx. So, could the Birds take three-of-four from Boston? The answer of course is yes – if they perform at a similar level as they did last weekend.

This is a bit of a strange series in that it includes Monday’s Patriot’s Day game, which begins at 11 AM. A few years ago the Orioles played a series like this one, and it included a Sunday Night game on ESPN, AND the Patriot’s Day matinee. 11 AM is a rough time for a game at any point, however especially after a night game the day before. Perhaps not so much after a 1 PM game on Sunday, as is the case this year.

Chris Tillman gets the start in the first game of the series tonight. He’ll be opposed by Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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