Afternoon Red Sox Delight – 9/20

Esmil Rogers (L), Jon Lester (R)

After clinching a playoff spot last night, the Boston Red Sox look to clinch the AL East tonight in the first game of a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

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

Jon Lester makes his 32nd start of the 2013 campaign. In his previous 31 starts, Lester is 14-8 with a 3.75 ERA. In five starts against the Jays this season, he is 3-0 with a 2.80 ERA. He's made 28 career starts against the Blue Jays and is 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA. 11 of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 7-2 with a 4.08 ERA.

Esmil Rogers makes his 19th start (43rd appearance) of 2013. In his previous 42 appearances (18 starts), Rogers is 5-7 with a 4.47 ERA. He's made six appearances (two starts) against the Red Sox this season and is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA. In seven career appearances (two starts) against the local nine, he is 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA. Two of those appearances (one start) have come at the Fens where he has no record with a 2.84 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.

Toronto Blue Jays70-82 Boston Red Sox93-61
1. Jose Reyes SS 1. Dustin Pedroia 2B
2. Rajai Davis LF 2. Daniel Nava RF
3. Brett Lawrie 3B 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Colby Rasmus CF 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Moises Sierra DH 5. Mike Carp LF
6. Mark DeRosa 1B 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Anthony Gose RF 7. Will Middlebrooks 3B
8. J.P. Arencibia C 8. Stephen Drew SS
9. Ryan Goins 2B 9. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Esmil Rogers SP Jon Lester SP


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

Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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