Morning Red Sox Delight – 4/11

Jon Lester (L), Ricky Romero (R)

After falling last night, the Boston Red Sox look to win the series in game three of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:37 p.m. and the game will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Blue Jays television market, you can catch the game on Rogers SportsNet.  If you don’t live in either market, you’re in luck as the MLB Network will have coverage of the game as well. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Jon Lester makes his second start of 2012 this afternoon. Lester picked up a no decision in his first start on Opening Day after allowing one run in seven innings work. He made five starts against the Blue Jays in 2011 and was 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA. Lester has made 18 career starts and is 10-4 with a 3.06 ERA. 11 of those starts have come at the Rogers Centre where he is 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA.

Ricky Romero is also making his second start of 2012. He picked up a no decision on Opening Day after allowing four runs in five innings against the Cleveland Indians. Romero made four starts against the Red Sox in 2011 and was 2-2 with a 6.56 ERA. He’s made 13 career starts against the Red Sox is 4-6 with a 7.12 ERA.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the overnight and day if you’re on the home page.

Here are today’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox1-4 Toronto Blue Jays3-2
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Yunel Escobar SS
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Kelly Johnson 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 3. Jose Bautista RF
4. Kevin Youkilis 3B 4. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
5. David Ortiz DH 5. Ben Francisco DH
6. Darnell McDonald RF 6. Brett Lawrie 3B
7. Cody Ross LF 7. Eric Thames LF
8. Mike Aviles SS 8. J.P. Arencibia C
9. Kelly Shoppach C 9. Rajai Davis CF
Jon Lester SP Ricky Romero SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays batter/pitcher matchups

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He did his level best but outing was uneven [Boston Globe]

Bard is off to a decent start [Boston Globe]

Sore elbow sends Crawford to the doctor [Boston Globe]

Terry Francona wants no part of Fenway’s celebration [Boston Globe]

Good for starters [Boston Herald]

Now the elbow hurts [Boston Herald]

Sox begin experiment [Boston Herald]

The Fenway Years: Jim Rice  (1974-1989) [Boston Herald]

Mike Aviles ignores controversy, stays focused [Boston Herald]

Valentine blames himself for Red Sox loss [CSN New England]

Bard not great, but better than box score indicates [CSN New England]

Bard, Sox get knocked around, lose to Jays, 7-3 [CSN New England]

Beckett irons out problems before home opener [CSN New England]

Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3 [ESPN Boston]

Crawford has ‘minor soreness’ in elbow [ESPN Boston]

Bard’s start goes south [ESPN Boston]

Morning report: Lester going for first win [ESPN Boston]

If you were in Tito’s shoes … [ESPN Boston]

Scout on Bard: ‘Like him better in pen’ [ESPN Boston]

Bard gets no help from his BABIP [Extra Bases]

Closing Time: Blue Jays ruin Daniel Bard’s starting debut [Full Count]

Bobby Valentine said leaving Justin Thomas in ‘just a dumb move’ [Full Count]

Transcript of Bobby Valentine on D&C: ‘I don’t think [Curt Schilling] knows anything about our team’ [Full Count]

Buster Olney on M&M: ‘The feelings of hurt are fresh’ with Terry Francona [Full Count]

Sox ownership again clueless with Terry Francona [Full Count]

Dustin Pedroia’s Value Continues to Skyrocket Following Brandon Phillips, Ian Kinsler Contracts [NESN.com]

Bobby Valentine Doesn’t Like ‘Being Dumb,’ Likes ‘Doing What I’m Supposed to Do’ [NESN.com]

Will Daniel Bard Finish This Season for the Red Sox Starting or Relieving? [NESN.com]

Daniel Bard Continues to Show Mixed Results in Outing Against Blue Jays [NESN.com]

Daniel Bard Proves He Deserves Some Patience as Starter Even If Results in First Start ‘Stunk’ [NESN.com]

Red Sox May Have to Overpay to Re-Sign Jacoby Ellsbury If Center Fielder Puts Up Monster Numbers Again [Don Orsillo - NESN.com]

Bard OK, but team returns to losing ways [Providence Journal]

Sweeney in an early-season rhythm [Providence Journal]

Red Sox Journal: Youkilis showing some positive signs [Providence Journal]

Ozzie Guillen’s words a big deal to Sox’ Iglesias, Exposito [Providence Journal]

Dice-K looks strong in Florida rehab outing [RedSox.com]

Sweeney providing big hits in clutch situations [RedSox.com]

Crawford still on course after elbow check-up [RedSox.com]

Bobby V. second-guesses himself after loss [RedSox.com]

Lester looks to end Sox’s road trip with win [RedSox.com]

Tito won’t attend 100th anniversary at Fenway [RedSox.com]

Valentine looking forward to first game at Fens [RedSox.com]

Foretelling good things for Felix Doubront [Touching All The Bases]

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