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Red Sox and Orioles set to start new series on June 9

A pair of struggling pitchers will look to right their respective ships when the Red Sox open a three-game series in Baltimore on Monday night.

Bud Norris has allowed 13 runs on 17 hits with a 1.5 K/BB ratio over his past 17 innings. He'll get the ball for the Orioles against the Red Sox, who will send out Jake Peavy.

Peavy's struggles have spanned his past five starts. He's given up at least five earned runs in four of those outings, with opponents posting a .341/.360/.481 slash line. In each of those five starts, Peavy has allowed at least eight hits.

Unfortunately for Peavy, the Orioles' offense has surged in the last week. Baltimore has scored 39 runs in its past seven games.

"Everybody's been having good at-bats up here," outfielder Nick Markakis said. "It seems like when they've been throwing it over the plate, we've been putting good swings on it. We've been able to find the hole and find the gap. We don't need to change anything. We need to do exactly what we're doing now and continue what we're doing."

The Red Sox have dropped 15 of their last 23.

"We've got a long way to go. We've got 100 games left," Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "It just means we better be plus-10 the rest of the way ... or plus-11."

Red Sox: Napoli activated from DL
The Red Sox activated first baseman Mike Napoli from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, his first day being eligible to return from a swollen left ring finger that resulted from a dislocation in April.

Napoli started strong in 2014, posting a .301/.393/.516 slash line in April. But after that finger injury, he slashed .186/.368/.237 in May before going on the disabled list.

Boston could desperately use an offensive injection --- the Red Sox scored just 17 runs during their recent five-game skid, but tallied five in Sunday's night's win over Detroit.

"You're talking about a guy that's mid-20s home runs and nearly 100 RBIs a year ago," Farrell said. "That type of production has been missed. I think any time you can lengthen the lineup with another quality hitter, it's going to be advantageous for us. We're certainly looking forward to Mike being in that spot."

Napoli returned to action with two hits, including a home run.

Orioles: Hunter back after one rehab start
Tommy Hunter threw 11 pitches for low Class A Delmarva on Saturday night and felt good enough to rejoin the Orioles' bullpen Sunday against Oakland. He had been on the disabled list since May 22 with a left groin strain. Baltimore optioned righty Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk in a corresponding move.

Hunter converted 11 of his first 12 save opportunities this season, but blew his final two before hitting the DL.

"I don't think rest physically was needed, but potentially and hopefully a little mental break might help," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think a lot of times when you can kind of reset with guys, especially pitchers, sometimes you get a guy who pitches more like his track record suggests."

Zach Britton has closed in the interim in place of Hunter, who has posted a 6.06 ERA and .368/.413/.603 slash line against this season.

Worth noting
• The Orioles had homered in seven consecutive games, hitting 13 during that span, prior to Sunday's loss to Oakland.

• Stephen Drew is 6-for-13 with three extra-base hits in his career against Norris. Drew was 1-for-11 in his first three games since rejoining the Red Sox last week. Comments