John Farrell speaks after a rain-shortened win over Baltimore on Patriot's Day. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

John Farrell, Buck Showalter know their teams will be at each other all season

Mike Petraglia
April 20, 2015 - 6:31 pm
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From the moment Buck Showalter's Orioles shocked the Red Sox and helped complete the greatest collapse in baseball history in 2011, the Orioles and Red Sox have been at each other's throats. In 2012, the Orioles eliminated the Rangers in the AL wild card game, taking the Yankees to the limit in five games before bowing out in the ALDS. In 2013, the Red Sox won the World Series. In 2014, the Orioles won the AL East and made it to the American League Championship Series before bowing out to the Royals. Now, the two AL East rivals appeared poised to battle each other over the long course of the season for supremacy in their division. Entering Monday's series finale, the two teams stood at 7-5 after the Orioles won two of the first three games. The first three games featured equal parts gamesmanship and respect from Showalter and Red Sox skipper John Farrell. So, when the Red Sox pulled out a 7-1 rain-shortened win to split the series and head to Tampa Bay with some first-place momentum, Farrell was happy to provide some very early season perspective on the Orioles and the rest of the division. "Big win? "Sure it is. They're a good team," Farrell said. "I would imagine we're going to be neck-and-neck with most everybody in this division throughout. And anytime you can come away in the final game of a series to earn a split, whether it's home or road, it sends us off on a positive note. We're going to end up right back there at the end of this week, going up against them for three. "Just like the way we rebounded after dropping the last couple." The Red Sox and Orioles will see each other 15 more times before the end of the season and there figures to be more gamesmanship between the teams and even from the broadcasters, as we saw from the grief that Jim Palmer gave David Ortiz for flipping his bat during Sunday's ejection. The two teams will see each other for three dates, starting next Friday at Camden Yards and already the anticipation builds. "Long four days," Showalter said. "Four-game series are really tough, especially when you playing a team you're going to play 19 times. It's just the start of a long trek through the American League. We know we have to come here two more times. They're going come see us and they're going to be competitive. We've got to do the things to stay competitive. Nothing revealed itself here that we weren't expecting."

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