Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 6/7

Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, of Japan, throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Tuesday, June 2, 2009.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

After a complete game gem from Jon Lester last night, the Boston Red Sox look to take the rubber game from the Texas Rangers this afternoon at Fenway Park.

The game this afternoon will start at 1:35 PM EDT and will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Rangers television market, you can catch the game on FOX Sports Southwest. If you live out of the Red Sox and Rangers television markets, you can catch the game on TBS this afternoon. And if the television isn’t your cup of tea, you can catch the game on one of the many affiliates of the Red Sox Radio Network.

Daisuke Matsuzaka starts this afternoon and has struggled since his return from the disabled list. He did pick up a win in his last outing against the Detroit Tigers. On the season, Dice-K is 1-3 with a 7.17 ERA in five starts. He has never lost to the Rangers in three career starts as he is 3-0 with a 4.15 ERA.

Vincente Padilla has also struggled all season long for the Rangers. In nine starts this season, he is 3-3 with a 5.57 ERA. In six career games (five starts) against the Red Sox, Padilla is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA. In two appearances (one start) at Fenway Park, he has no record with a 3.68 ERA.

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Here are the starting lineups for this afternoon’s game.

Texas Rangers32-23

Red Sox logo33-23

1. Ian Kinsler 2B 1. Dustin Pedroia 2B
2. Michael Young 3B 2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
3. Hank Blalock DH 3. Kevin Youkilis 1B
4. Nelson Cruz RF 4. Jason Bay LF
5. David Murphy LF 5. Mike Lowell 3B
6. Marlon Byrd CF 6. David Ortiz DH
7. Chris Davis 1B 7. Jason Varitek C
8. Taylor Teagarden C 8. Mark Kotsay RF
9. Omar Vizquel SS 9. Nick Green SS
Vincente Padilla SP Daisuke Matsuzaka SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against this afternoon’s starting pitchers.

Texas Rangers vs Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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