Baltimore (31-20) at Boston (28-23)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 1, 2005
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A few bruises and a stitched up face won’t keep Boston center fielder Johnny Damon from suiting up against the first place Baltimore Orioles.

Damon should be in the lineup as the Red Sox and Orioles continue their four-game series at Fenway Park. He left Tuesday’s game and received four stitches above his right eye after running into the outfield wall pursuing Jay Gibbons’ line drive in the third inning. He had scratches and bruises on his face, but there were no symptoms of a concussion, the team said.

“I’d say he lost the fight,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He’s a tough kid.”

Damon, who leads Boston with a .351 batting average, remained on the ground for a few seconds before popping up.

“I’m going to call Terry in the morning and give him the go-ahead to put me in the lineup,” said Damon, who had a quarter-sized scrape on his right cheek after the game. “Right now, I feel fine.”

Boston scored four times in the fifth inning to beat the Orioles 5-1 on Tuesday despite losing Damon. The AL East-leading Orioles have lost four of five but remain three games in front of Boston in the division.

Baltimore will send struggling starter Sidney Ponson to the mound against the Red Sox Wednesday.

Ponson began the year with a 5-1 record before cooling off. The hard-throwing right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.72 ERA over his last three outings to raise his ERA to 5.66.

A start against Boston may not help build Ponson’s confidence on the mound. Ponson has struggled against the Red Sox, going 2-9 record with a 6.70 ERA in 16 career starts against them.

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S. Ponson KC vs. T. Wakefield Bos
7-11 Record 16-12
6.21 ERA 4.15
68 K 151
48 BB 68
1.73 WHIP 1.23