Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 6/30

ATLANTA - JUNE 26:  Pitcher John Smoltz #29 of the Boston Red Sox enjoys a laugh during pregame warmups before facing the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 26, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After watching Jon Lester continue his dominance over the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox return to action in game 2 of a 3-game set in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The game tonight will start at 7:05 PM EDT and will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Orioles market, you can catch the game on MASN. 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

After a rough debut against the Washington Nationals, John Smoltz looks to regain his form on the bump for Terry Francona and the Red Sox. Smoltz gave up 5 runs in 5 innings of work in his 2009 and Red Sox debut to take the loss. Smoltz has made 6 appearances (3 starts) against the O’s and is 1-3 with 3 saves and a 4.37 ERA. He’s appeared in 2 games at Camden Yards and is 0-0 with two saves and 0.00 ERA.

Rich Hill is making just his 9th start tonight in an Orioles uniform. He sports a record of 3-2 with a 6.03 ERA and has never faced the Red Sox before. He has made just two starts at home and is 0-0 with a 12.27 ERA.

If you haven’t heard the news, the Red Sox have placed Mike Lowell on the 15-day DL (retro to June 28) and have called up Jeff Bailey from Pawtucket to take his place on the 25-man roster.

With just 2 days and roughly 6 hours left in the AL All-Star voting, Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia need our help Red Sox Nation. Youk currently leads Mark Teixeira by 35,000 votes while Pedroia is just 6,830 votes behind Ian Kinsler. Let’s help them out and get them to the All-Star Game. Vote Red Sox.

And because I don’t want to see your National League votes wasted, please help out Ryan Zimmerman (3B) and Adam Dunn (OF) of the Washington Nationals. My friend Kristen would really appreciate it if you did that.

In second start, Smoltz seeks first Sox win[]

Patient Lowrie committed to healthy return []

Trade tools: What are former Red Sox prospects doing now? []

Red Sox mean business heading into July [Don Orsillo –]

Knee injury keeps Lowrie on the sidelines [Projo Sox Blog]

All-Star voting coming to an end [Projo Sox Blog]

Lowell feeling good [Extra Bases]

Seeing stars [Extra Bases]

Wakefield is an All-Star in Boston’s eyes [Batter-up with Bruno]

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Boston Red Sox47-29

Baltimore Orioles34-42
1. Julio Lugo SS 1. Brian Roberts 2B
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Adam Jones CF
3. Kevin Youkilis 3B 3. Nick Markakis RF
4. Jason Bay LF 4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. David Ortiz DH 5. Nolan Reimold LF
6. Jason Varitek C 6. Luke Scott DH
7. Rocco Baldelli RF 7. Melvin Mora 3B
8. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 8. Matt Wieters C
9. Jeff Bailey 1B 9. Robert Andino SS
John Smoltz SP Rich Hill SP

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

Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles batter/pitcher matchups