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.
|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.