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.
|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.
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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]
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]
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]