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Saturday Red Sox Delight – 4/13

After being rained out last night, the Boston Red Sox will now kickoff a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon at historic Fenway Park.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.. and the game will be broadcast nationally (22%) of the country on FOX. And if you can't catch the game on television, you can always listen on the 2013 Red Sox Radio Network.

Jon Lester steps to the hill for the third time this season this afternoon. In his previous two starts, Lester is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA (2 ER/12 IP). He made two starts against the Rays in 2012 and was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. He's made 22 career starts against them and is 10-8 with a 4.30 ERA.

David Price makes his third start of 2013 for Joe Maddon's Rays. In his previous two starts, Price is 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA (10 ER/11 IP). He made five starts against the Red Sox in 2012 and was 2-1 with a 2.94 ERA. He's made 15 career starts against the local nine and is 8-4 with a 3.08 ERA.

To see today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups as well as the links from the overnight and morning from the local media, please click on the continue reading button below if you're on the home page.

Tampa Bay Rays Boston Red Sox
1. Desmond Jennings CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Sean Rodriguez 1B 2. Shane Victorino RF
3. Evan Longoria 3B 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Ben Zobrist RF 4. Mike Napoli 1B
5. Shelley Duncan DH 5. Will Middlebrooks 3B
6. Yunel Escobar SS 6. Daniel Nava LF
7. Ryan Roberts 2B 7. Jonny Gomes DH
8. Jose Molina C 8. Stephen Drew SS
9. Matt Joyce LF 9. David Ross C
David Price SP Jon Lester SP

And 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

More links will be added if/when they become available so please check back often.

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Tim Wakefield puts Sox back on in dual role [boston herald]

Sox' Jackie Bradley discusses race and baseball [boston herald]

Notebook: Jackie Bradley faces stress test [boston herald]

Injury updates: Ortiz to play again today, Morales getting closer to rehab assignment [clubhouse insider]

Farrell: Red Sox trying to 'balance' Jackie Bradley Jr.'s development with fielding best lineup [clubhouse insider]

Dempster: Let pitcher & hitter fight 'hockey style' [csn new england]

Rainout come at good time for Sox? [csn new england]

Is this the first test for Farrell? [csn new england]

3 Up, 3 Down: Nava powers up [csn new england]

Red Sox notes: Rain bumps Doubront [csn new england]

Red Sox Notes: Nava gets the start [csn new england]

Confident Bradley unfazed by slump [espn boston]

Pregame notes: Pitcher updates [espn boston]

Red Sox coverage in today's Globe [extra bases]

Pregame notes from a chilly Fenway Park [extra bases]

Alex Wilson, he's been everywhere [extra bases]

Source: Court hearing for Red Sox prospect Drake Britton rescheduled [full count]

Kevin Millar on M&M: Padres’ Carlos Quentin charging the mound ‘an overreaction and it’s kind of tired’ [full count]

John Farrell: Jackie Bradley ‘has had a direct impact on two, possibly three, wins’ [full count]

Red Sox notes: Why Daniel Nava is starting over Jackie Bradley Jr.; next steps for John Lackey, Franklin Morales [full count]

David Ortiz’s Return to Red Sox Lineup Will Add Even More Optimism to Already Encouraging Season (Podcast) [nesn.com]

Report: Bobby Valentine to Publish Book Called ‘Valentine’s Way,’ Giving His Perspective on 2012 Red Sox Season [nesn.com]

Clay Buchholz Strikes Out Eight in Win to Earn Amica Pitcher of the Week Honors [nesn.com]

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Struggles Create Balancing Act, Make David Ortiz’s Impending Return More Important for Red Sox [nesn.com]

John Farrell Thinks Pitchers Have Advantage in Cold Weather, As They’re the ‘Warmest Guy in the Ballpark’ [nesn.com]

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

Where does Jackie Bradley Jr. go from here? [projo sox blog]

Franklin Morales on the doorstep of a rehab assignment [projo sox blog]

Bradley sitting again as Red Sox seek "balance" [projo sox blog]

Despite slump, Bradley remains confident [redsox.com]

Facing Rays, Lester aims for third straight victory [redsox.com]

Lackey will need rehab assignment [alex speier – weei.com]

Which numbers should Red Sox retire? [touching all the bases]

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