Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 5/4

After being shutout last night, the Boston Red Sox look to get back on track in the middle game of a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (TX).

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESN Plus. If you live in the Rangers television market, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Southwest. And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

John Lackey toes the rubber for just the third time in 2013. In his previous two starts, Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA. He last faced the Rangers in 2011 when he went 1-2 with an 11.15 ERA. He's made 36 career starts against the Rangers and is 12-14 with a 6.16 ERA. The Abliene, TX native has made 16 starts in Arlington and is 7-6 with a 6.68 ERA.

Alexi Ogando steps to the hill for his seventh start of 2013. In his previous six starts, Ogando is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA. He made three appearances against the Red Sox in 2012 and was 1-0 with 0.00 ERA. He's made eight appearances (one start) against the Red Sox in his career and is 1-2 with a 5.11 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.

Boston Red Sox20-9 Texas Rangers18-11
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Shane Victorino RF 2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Lance Berkman DH
4. David Ortiz DH 4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Mike Napoli 1B 5. A.J. Pierzynski C
6. Daniel Nava LF 6. Nelson Cruz RF
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 7. Mitch Moreland 1B
8. Will Middlebrooks 3B 8. Craig Gentry CF
9. Stephen Drew SS 9. Leonys Martin LF
John Lackey SP Alexi Ogando SP

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

Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers batter/pitcher matchups

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Late development: Bailey's biceps still sore [clubhouse insider]

Can Sox keep up their fast start? [csn new england]

Bailey unavailable due to soreness [csn new england]

Pre-game notes: Breslow close to returning [csn new england]

Carp's bat is big off the bench [csn new england]

Doubront way off his game, but why? [espn boston]

Lackey, Sox hope to cool off Rangers offense [espn boston]

Bailey (biceps) still unavailable [espn boston]

David Ortiz and the hitting streak of 10 months [extra bases]

Breslow rehab update: perfect inning today [extra bases]

Andrew Bailey not cleared to pitch [extra bases]

Rangers may have been interested, but David Ortiz was locked into Red Sox [full count]

Craig Breslow throws a perfect inning for Pawtucket [full count]

Red Sox notes: No plans to skip Felix Doubront, Andrew Bailey remains out, Craig Breslow’s return TBD [full count]

Adrian Beltre, Will Middlebrooks Can Turn to Each Other as Source of Inspiration During Weekend Series []

John Farrell Has Higher Approval Rating Than George Washington, Santa Claus, Mother Teresa, According to Poll []

Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci Also Thinks Clay Buchholz Used Substance on Forearm []

Top prospect Brentz working with Dwight Evans [projo sox blog]

Butterfield frustrated by Friday loss [projo sox blog]

Bailey unavailable Saturday night [projo sox blog]

Breslow nearing return, Wilson likely odd man out [projo sox blog]

Red Sox prepping for Darvish [projo sox blog]

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