Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 4/23

After winning last night, the Boston Red Sox look to keep the good times going tonight in the second game of a three-game set with the Oakland Athletics at historic Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESN. If you live in the Athletics television market, you can catch the game on Comcast Sports Net California. And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Alfredo Aceves makes his third straight start (fifth appearance) of 2013 for the Red Sox. In his previous four appearances (two starts), Aceves is 1-0 with a 6.28 ERA. He made four appearances against the A's in 2012 and was 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA (4 ER/5.2 IP). He's made nine career appearances against them and is 3-1 with a 5.17 ERA.

One time member of the Red Sox, Bartolo Colon makes his fourth start of 2013. In his previous three starts, Colon is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA. He picked up a no decision in his only start of 2012 against the Red Sox after allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings of work. He's made 26 career appearances (25 starts) against his former club and is 8-11 with a 3.98 ERA. He's made 16 appearances (15 starts) at the Fens and is 6-6 with a 4.02 ERA.

To see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups as well as the links from the local media, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page.

Oakland Athletics12-8 Boston Red Sox13-6
1. Coco Crisp CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. John Jaso C 2. Shane Victorino RF
3. Seth Smith DH 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Jed Lowrie SS 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Brandon Moss 1B 5. Daniel Nava LF
6. Josh Donaldson 3B 6. Will Middlebrooks 3B
7. Josh Reddick RF 7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
8. Chris Young LF 8. Jonny Gomes DH
9. Eric Sogard 2B 9. Stephen Drew SS
Bartolo Colon SP Alfredo Aceves SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against the starting pitchers during the regular season over their careers.

Oakland Athletics @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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A 'logical' rest day for Sox' Ortiz [clubhouse insider]

Red Sox hopeful John Lackey will start Sunday vs. Astros [clubhouse insider]

Another strange start from Doubront [csn new england]

Ortiz 'not hurting' but gets night off [csn new england]

Lackey (bicep) expected to make next start [csn new england]

Bailey probably not available Tuesday night [csn new england]

Napoli's production can't be knocked [espn boston]

Morning report: Gone in 3.45 seconds [espn boston]

Will Middlebrooks seeks out hero, then homers [espn boston]

Rain in the forecast for tonight [espn boston]

Quick hits: Ortiz gets night off [espn boston]

Ortiz has night off; Lackey eyes Sunday return [espn boston]

System's top tools [espn boston]

Coming to the defense of Stephen Drew  [extra bases]

For Will Middlebrooks, a welcome change [full count]

John Farrell on Mike Napoli: ‘I’d hate to think where we’d be without him’ [full count]

David Ortiz gets standing ovation at restaurant after (expletive) speech [full count]

Red Sox notes: John Lackey may be ready to rejoin rotation Sunday [full count]

Neil Diamond Inspired to Write Song About Boston Marathon Bombings [nesn.com]

Ten years after "Moneyball," Billy Beane both pleased, dismayed there's no longer "low-hanging fruit" [projo sox blog]

You watch Mike Napoli golf that grand slam over the Monster . . . [projo sox blog]

Scheduled down day for Ortiz [projo sox blog]

Lackey on track for Sunday return [projo sox blog]

Gomes back with team after birth of daughter [projo sox blog]

Victorino holding down second spot [projo sox blog]

Invaluable Aceves takes the mound against A's [redsox.com]

For Victorino, Boston is home away from home [redsox.com]

Be like Mike: Teammates marvel as new Red Sox slugger Napoli makes his mark [alex speier – weei.com]

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