Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Friday, April 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

After falling behind early last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox used another big 6th inning to take the lead on their way to a 7-3 win against their nemesis. Today, they’ll look to make it 2 in-a-row.

Today’s game starts at 3:40 PM and will be shown to various parts of the country on FOX. And if the television isn’t your cup of tea, you can catch the game on one of the many affiliates of the Red Sox Radio Network.

Jon Lester gets the ball from Terry Francona today and he’s faced the Rays once this season, taking the loss. In that game, he went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs. In 8 career starts against the Rays, Lester is 4-1 with a 3.97 ERA. Lester is 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA in 6 starts this season.

Joe Maddon hands the ball to Scott Kazmir this afternoon and he’s faced the Red Sox once, giving up 1 run in 6 innings of work to get the win. Kazmir has made 22 career starts against the Red Sox and is 7-7 with 3.52 ERA. In 12 starts at Fenway Park,  he is 5-4 with a 2.88 ERA. On the season, Kazmir is 3-3 with a 6.00 ERA in 6 starts.

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Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Tampa Bay Rays14-17

Red Sox logo19-11

1. B.J. Upton CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Carl Crawford LF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Evan Longoria 3B 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Carlos Peña 1B 4. Jason Bay LF
5. Pat Burrell DH 5. Mike Lowell 3B
6. Jason Bartlett SS 6. Rocco Baldelli RF
7. Gabe Kapler RF 7. Jeff Bailey 1B
8. Akinori Iwamura 2B 8. Jason Varitek C
9. Dioner Navarro C 9. Julio Lugo SS
Scott Kazmir SP Jon Lester SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups