C.J. Wilson (L), Clay Buchholz (R) - AP Photos

The Boston Red Sox will look to give skipper Terry Francona a nice 51st birthday present with a win tonight that would give them a 3-game sweep of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

First pitch for tonight’s game will be at 7:10 p.m. and will be shown on NESN in the Red Sox television market. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest in the Rangers television market. And for those not in either market, the game will also be shown nationally on the MLB Network. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2010 Red Sox radio network.

Clay Buchholz will look to deliver Francona a nice outing on the bump as he fights for his pitching life in the Red Sox rotation. Clay’s made two starts this season and is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA.  He made one start in 2009 against the Rangers taking the loss after allowing three runs in four innings. He’s made two career starts against the Rangers and is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA.

C.J. Wilson moved out of the pen and into the starting rotation in 2010 for the Rangers. He’s making his third start this season and just the 9th of his career. He’s 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA. He’s made 12 career appearances in relief against the Red Sox and is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA and three saves, all of which came last season. In six appearances at Fenway, he is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA (2 ER/3 IP) and a save.

Keep reading for lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and pregame links.

Texas  Rangers5-9

Red Sox logo6-9

1. Elvis Andrus SS 1. Marco Scutaro SS
2. Michael Young 3B 2. J.D. Drew RF
3. Josh Hamilton LF 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Nelson Cruz DH 4. Kevin Youkilis 1B
5. David Murphy RF 5. Victor Martinez C
6. Chris Davis 1B 6. Mike Lowell DH
7. Taylor Teagarden C 7. Adrian Beltre 3B
8. Andres Blanco 2B 8. Darnell McDonald CF
9. Julio Borbon CF 9. Bill Hall LF
C.J. Wilson SP Clay Buchholz SP

Here’s the hitters have fared against tonight’s starting pitchers in their careers:

Texas Rangers vs Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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Ellsbury has hairline fracture of four ribs [Clubhouse Insider]

Dice-K poised to rejoin rotation [Clubhouse Insider]

Ellsbury asked for more testing [Clubhouse Insider]

Is Buchholz pitching for his job tonight? [ESPN Boston]

Ellsbury has hairline fractures in 4 ribs [ESPN Boston]

Francona rules out six-man rotation [ESPN Boston]

NESN’s Watney on medical leave [Extra Bases]

Forget Gonzalez, what about a catcher? [Extra Bases]

Good day for two former first basemen [Extra Bases]

Ellsbury has fractures; Dice-K set to join rotation [Extra Bases]

So, is Daisuke ready for the majors? [Full Count]

Francona: Dice-K ‘in the rotation’ [Full Count]

Is Buchholz pitching for a rotation spot tonight? [Full Count]

Quick Thoughts [Hit and Run with Dan Roche]

Mike Cameron Could Be Facing Surgery If Strain Doesn’t Heal [NESN.com]

Does Darnell McDonald Deserve Roster Spot for Rest of Season? [NESN.com]

Daisuke Matsuzaka to Rejoin Rotation, But in Place of Whom? [NESN.com]

Boxscore Breakdown – Wednesday Walkoff! [Nuggetpalooza]

Red Sox hope to feed off Scutaro’s scamper [Projo Sox Blog]

Rangers out to end trip on high note [RedSox.com]

Fenway hosting Cape Cod League ASG again [RedSox.com]

Darnell McDonald Goes From Minors to Overnight Sensation [Tom Caron – NESN.com]