Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 7/22

After taking two-of-three from the Evil Empire, the Boston Red Sox finish off their seven game homestand. Tonight they'll kick it off with the first game of a four-game set against the surging Tampa Bay Rays.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rays television market, you can catch the game on Sun Sports. And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Brandon Workman makes his second start (third appearance) of the season. In his previous two appearances (one start), Workman is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA (5 ER/8.1 IP). Tonight will mark his first Fenway Park start and also his first against the Rays.

All-Star Matt Moore takes the ball for the 20th time in 2013. In his previous 19 starts, Moore is 13-3 with a 2.49 ERA. In his lone start against the Red Sox this season, he picked up the win after allowing three runs in six innings of work back on May 14th. He's made four career apperances (three starts) against the local nine and is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA. Two of those appearances (one start) have come at the Fens where he is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (7 ER/9.1 IP).

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.

Tampa Bay Rays58-41 Boston Red Sox60-40
1. Desmond Jennings CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Ben Zobrist 2B 2. Shane Victorino RF
3. Evan Longoria 3B 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. James Loney 1B 4. David Ortiz DH
5. Luke Scott DH 5. Mike Napoli 1B
6. Kelly Johnson LF 6. Jonny Gomes LF
7. Matthew Joyce RF 7. Ryan Lavarnway C
8. Jose Lobaton C 8. Brandon Snyder 3B
9. Yunel Escobar SS 9. Jose Iglesias SS
Matt Moore SP Brandon Workman SP


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

Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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Exam reveals nothing more wrong with Clay Buchholz' shoulder [clubhouse insider]

Dr. Andrews: No structural damage for Buchholz [csn new england]

Red Sox notes: Drew, Saltalamacchia out vs. Rays [csn new england]

Olney: Sox should look to add pitching help [espn boston]

Power Rankings: Red Sox hold at No. 2 [espn boston]

Buchholz gets good report from Andrews [espn boston]

Saltalamacchia gets deserved day off [espn boston]

Dr. Andrews clears Buchholz to start throwing [extra bases]

Flashback: Why Clay Buchholz offers a silver lining to Allen Webster [full count]

Red Sox-Rays series preview [full count]

Source: Red Sox approach toward trade deadline unchanged by Clay Buchholz diagnosis [full count]

Dr. James Andrews agrees with original diagnosis of Clay Buchholz injury [full count]

Stats 101: Why it’s time to re-educate players in meaningful statistics [gabe kapler –]

Evan Longoria Calls Fenway Park ‘My Favorite Place to Play on the Road,’ Compliments Red Sox Fans []

Underpaying and overpaying Dustin Pedroia [projo sox blog]

A Series Matter: Red Sox-Rays and Schedule Strength [projo sox blog]

Saltalamacchia on pace for career-high catching workload [projo sox blog]

Buchholz given reassurance, cleared to resume throwing [projo sox blog]

Now comes the hard part for Sox [providence journal]

Workman up first as Sox host surging Rays []

A star is (re)born: What Jacoby Ellsbury's surge means for Red Sox present and future [alex speier –]

Remarkable Red Sox don't just need reinforcements, they deserve them [touching all the bases]

Radio BDC: Bring on the Rays [touching all the bases]

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