Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-2

BALTIMORE - It was hours before the game, before Daisuke Matsuzaka would take the mound, walk too many, and still win.

Before Jason Varitek would show for the second straight night that he isn't quite done as a hitter. Before another power swing (and result) by Kevin Youkilis. That was when Josh Beckett stood at his locker in Camden Yards and spoke without his usual defiance.

Acknowledging for the first time since his start Sunday that something was wrong - a tingling a...

BALTIMORE --On a night in which he struggled to get through five innings, Daisuke Matsuzaka got offensive support from an unlikely source: batterymate Jason Varitek.

Matsuzaka won his fourth straight start, the Boston Red Sox got homers from Varitek and Kevin Youkilis in a 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Matsuzaka (15-2) gave up two runs, six hits and five walks. The right-hander failed to retire the side in order but stranded nine runners, i...

Even after four big league seasons, it remains almost impossible to predict which Daniel Cabrera the Orioles are going to get every fifth day. His performance fluctuates so radically from inning to inning, never mind from outing to outing, that it is foolish to even forecast a start by Cabrera.

There is one exception. When Cabrera faces the Boston Red Sox, it is a safe assumption that the Orioles are in for a very long night. Such was the case last night when Cabrera wa...

A recap of the Orioles' 7-2 loss to the Red Sox last night:

More woes for Cabrera

Daniel Cabrera continued his lackluster play against Boston, allowing six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. He is 2-11 with a 7.13 ERA in 16 starts against the Red Sox in his career. In those games, the Orioles are 4-12. After allowing 12 base runners last night, Cabrera has yielded 155 hits or walks to the Red Sox in 77 innings.

A major difference

Cabrera and Daisuke...

George Sherrill, the Orioles' All-Star closer who was threatening to break the club's saves record, was placed on the disabled list yesterday afternoon with left shoulder inflammation.

Sherrill, who has 31 saves in his first season as a closer, was not available for Monday night's loss to the Boston Red Sox after complaining that he couldn't get loose before the game.

Manager Dave Trembley wouldn't speculate about the severity of the injury or who would take Sherrill...