Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 5/31

Max Scherzer (L), Josh Beckett (R)

After sealing the series with their third straight win, the Boston Red Sox look for the sweep tonight in the final game of a four-game set with the Detroit Tigers at Historic Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Tigers television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit. And if you don’t live in either market, you are in luck as MLB Network will have coverage of the game outside of the Red Sox and Tigers television markets.  If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Josh Beckett makes his 10th start of the season for the surging Red Sox. In his previous nine starts, Beckett is 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA. He took the loss in his only appearance of 2012 against the Tigers after allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings back on April 7th. He’s made seven career starts against the Tigers and is 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA.

Max Scherzer looks to salvage a win in Boston for the Tigers in his 11th start of 2012. In his previous 10 starts, Scherzer is 4-3 with a 5.67 ERA. In his only start against the Red Sox this season, he took a no decision after allowing seven runs in 2.2 innings back on April 8th. Scherzer has struggled against the Red Sox in four career starts as he is 0-2 with an 11.81 ERA (21 ER/16 IP). This will be just his second start at the Fens where he has no record with a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP)

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:

Detroit Tigers23-27 Boston Red Sox26-24
1. Quintin Berry CF 1. Scott Podsednik CF
2. Brennan Boesch RF 2. Daniel Nava LF
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Prince Fielder 1B 4. David Ortiz DH
5. Delmon Young DH 5. Kevin Youkilis 3B
6. Alex Avila C 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Jhonny Peralta SS 7. Ryan Sweeney RF
8. Don Kelly LF 8. Mike Aviles SS
9. Danny Worth 2B 9. Nick Punto 2B
Max Scherzer SP Josh Beckett SP

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

Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups



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Bradford Files: Adrian Gonzalez seems to be getting along with right field just fine [Rob Bradford –]

For David Ortiz, familiarity breeds success against left-handed pitchers [Clubhouse Insider]

As the roster turns: Middlebrooks takes grounders at short [Clubhouse Insider]

Beckett faces Detroit demons [CSN New England]

It has to be Youk [CSN New England]

Sox notes: Middlebrooks, Pedroia out [CSN New England]

Middlebrooks works out at shortstop [ESPN Boston]

Valentine hints club will add infielder [ESPN Boston]

Ask Nick: Could Carl Crawford need surgery? [Extra Bases]

Will Middlebrooks takes a seat in ‘rotation’ [Extra Bases]

Red Sox pregame notes: Bobby Valentine happy with Kevin Youkilis since return [Full Count]

Would You Rather Dustin Pedroia Went on the Disabled List or Played at Less Than 100 Percent? []

David Ortiz Looking to Continue Hot Hitting As Red Sox Finish Up Homestand Against Tigers []

Red Sox Anxious to Have Healthy Carl Crawford, Others Back in Lineup []

Podsednik in comfortable spot leading off [Projo Sox Blog]

Middlebrooks out of the lineup [Projo Sox Blog]

Red Sox prepping for drastically different draft [Projo Sox Blog]

Beckett, Red Sox look to brush aside Tigers []

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