Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 8/5

After going 5-2 on their homestand, the Boston Red Sox head out on a three-city, 11 day, 10 game road trip. Tonight, they'll kick it off with the first of three games against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. The game will broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Astros television market, you can catch the game on CSN Houston.  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 20th time in 2013. In his previous 19 starts, Lackey is 7-8 with a 3.23 ERA. He picked the win in his first start of 2013 which came against the Astros after allowing one run in six innings of work on April 28. He's made two career starts against them and is 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA (7 ER/10.2 IP). This will be his first start at Minute Maid Park.

Brett Oberholtzer makes his second start (fifth apperance) of 2013. In his previous four appearances (one start), Oberholtzer is 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA. This will be his first career start against the visiting nine from Boston.

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 Sox68-45 Houston Astros36-74
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Robbie Grossman LF
2. Shane Victorino RF 2. Brandon Barnes CF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 3. Jose Altuve 2B
4. David Ortiz DH 4. Jason Castro C
5. Mike Napoli 1B 5. Chris Carter DH
6. Jonny Gomes LF 6. Brett Wallace 1B
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 7. Matt Dominguez 3B
8. Stephen Drew SS 8. L.J. Hoes RF
9. Brandon Snyder 3B 9. Jonathan Villar SS
John Lackey SP Brett Oberholtzer SP


As we learned yesterday, Daniel Nava was placed on the paternity leave list. He's been replaced on the 25-man roster by Brandon Workman who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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

Boston Red Sox @ Houston Astros batter/pitcher matchups

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Shane Victorino Named AL Player of the Week [sox & dawgs]

Buchholz to try to get back on mound here tomorrow [clubhouse insider]

Holt, Snyder fitting in fine at third for Sox [csn new england]

Red Sox notes: Workman called up [csn new england]

Power Rankings: Sox back at No. 1 [espn boston]

Red Sox kick off road trip tonight in Houston [espn boston]

Workman reports for short-term duty [espn boston]

Buchholz might throw off mound Tuesday [espn boston]

Lowell's Callahan coming of age [extra bases]

For Red Sox, reliever depth is plentiful [extra bases]

Workman replaces Nava on Red Sox roster [extra bases]

Red Sox-Astros series preview [full count]

Red Sox add Brandon Workman with Daniel Nava on paternity leave [full count]

Napoli has too many Ks, not enough HRs [projo sox blog]

A Series Matter: Red Sox-Astros and Rebuilding [projo sox blog]

Red Sox to begin road stretch in Houston []

Starting to roll: How Red Sox rotation stacks up in AL [alex speier –]

Radio BDC: Peavy, the new Saberhagen? [touching all the bases]

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