Orioles @ Red Sox lineups and pregame notes

*As expected Wei-Yin Chen has been optioned to the Gulf Coast League to clear a roster spot for Kevin Gausman in the bullpen. Chen has no Minor League service time so he’d be eligible to come back up when their season ends and start on Sunday vs. Phil Hughes.  If Chen had gone to Double-A or Triple-A he would have had to wait until their season ends to be eligible as a September callup, and both of those clubs are in postseason contention.

The first two games of the series will go as follows:  Friday: Miguel Gonzalez vs. CC Sabathi. Saturday: Scott Feldman vs. Ivan Nova

Gausman, who is still viewed by the organization as a starter long-term, will be available in long relief tonight and is expected to work out of the bullpen for the rest of the season.

*Wilson Betemit, added to the roster yesterday, will make his first start tonight.

*In case you missed it, I wrote after last night’s loss that the Orioles pitching will be key to their postseason hopes. You can read that here.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Bud Norris RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Xander Bogaerts 3B

John Lackey RHP

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