Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 7/25

Tonight's Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox game has been postponed due to the inclement conditions. The game will be made up on Monday at 6:10 p.m., a mutual off day for both teams as Tampa doesn't come back to Boston this season.

Tickets for tonight's game can be used for Monday's makeup game.

After falling last night, the Boston Red Sox look to avoid falling out of first place tonight and gain a split of the four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at historic Fenway Park.

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 don't live in either market you're in luck as the MLB Network will have coverage of tonight's game. 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 slab for the 18th time in 2013. In his previous 17 starts, Lackey is 7-7 with a 2.95 ERA. He's made two starts against the Rays in 2013 and is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA (9 ER/10 IP). He's made 21 career starts against the current visitors and is 12-7 with a 4.39 ERA. Three of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA.

Jeremy Hellickson hits the mound for the 21st time in 2013. In his previous 20 starts, Hellickson is 9-3 with 4.62 ERA. He's made two starts against the local nine this season and is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13 IP). He's made 12 career appearances (11 starts) and is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA. Seven of those appearances (six starts) have come at the Fens where he is 3-0 with a 4.23 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.

Tampa Bay Rays60-42 Boston Red Sox61-42
1. Desmond Jennings CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Evan Longoria 3B 2. Shane Victorino RF
3. Ben Zobrist 2B 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Wil Myers RF 4. David Ortiz DH
5. James Loney 1B 5. Mike Napoli 1B
6. Luke Scott DH 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Matt Joyce LF 7. Jonny Gomes LF
8. Jose Lobaton C 8. Stephen Drew SS
9. Yunel Escobar SS 9. Jose Iglesias 3B
Jeremy Hellickson SP John Lackey 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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John Lackey pitches to keep Sox in first place [clubhouse insider]

C David Ross back with the team [clubhouse insider]

Red Sox bats have disappeared lately [csn new england]

Notes: Ross brings veteran presence back to Sox [csn new england]

Farrell: Iglesias 'going to be with us' [csn new england]

Shaughnessy: Trading Ellsbury would be a 'bad message' [csn new england]

Victorino: 'We have a target on our backs' [csn new england]

BBTN handicaps AL East race [espn boston]

Ross rejoins Sox, but no baseball activity [espn boston]

Sox scouts keeping tabs on Peavy [espn boston]

Farrell sticking with slumping Iglesias [espn boston]

Ask Nick: What will Red Sox do at trade deadline? [extra bases]

David Ross rejoins Red Sox [extra bases]

Red Sox find success with defensive shifts [extra bases]

Rays-Red Sox: Preview of postseason baseball? [full count]

Larry Lucchino on D&C: Red Sox looking at Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez ‘pretty hard’ [full count]

Joe Maddon: Tension from June 10 plunking is ‘history’ [full count]

Red Sox pregame notes: David Ross back with team with no timetable for return; Jonny Gomes gets the start in left; Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon offer insurance with Pawtucket [full count]

Evan Longoria understands why Dustin Pedroia signed long-term when he did [projo sox blog]

Sorting through the infield options for the Red Sox [projo sox blog]

David Ross rejoins Red Sox, still easing into all baseball-related activities [projo sox blog]

Bailey has surgery on labrum, capsule [projo sox blog]

Red Sox turn to Lackey in finale with Rays []

Team player: For Dustin Pedroia, contract represented desire to let Red Sox build a winner [alex speier –]

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