Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday, July 19, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

The Boston Red Sox snapped a five-game losing streak last night with a 3-1 win behind some stellar pitching from Brad Penny. A win tonight against the Baltimore Orioles could put them 1.5 games behind the Yankees who lost this afternoon.

The game tonight will start at 7:10 PM EDT and will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Orioles television market, you can catch the game on MASN. 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 looks to push the winning streak to 11 games at Fenway Park against the Orioles tonight. He is 8-7 with a 3.87 in 19 starts this season. Lester has dominated the Orioles this season and in his career. He is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/14.0 IP) this season and is 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 lifetime starts. Lester is 5-0 with a 2.70 ERA against the Orioles in 5 starts at Fenway Park.

Jeremy Guthrie looks to end that 10-game losing streak to the Red Sox at Fenway Park for manager Dave Trembley tonight. He is 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 19 starts this season. Guthrie is 1-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 9 games (8 starts) in his career against the Red Sox. He is 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA in four games at Fenway Park.

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The Rice retrospective [Boston Herald]

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Youkilis gets day off for LaRoche debut [One If By Land]

Saturday Foolishness [Center Field]

Baltimore Orioles41-54

Red Sox logo56-39

1. Brian Roberts 2B 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Nick Markakis RF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Adam Jones CF 3. J.D. Drew RF
4. Aubrey Huff DH 4. Jason Bay LF
5. Nolan Reimold LF 5. David Ortiz DH
6. Ty Wigginton 1B 6. Mike Lowell 3B
7. Melvin Mora 3B 7. Adam LaRoche 1B
8. Matt Wieters C 8. Jason Varitek C
9. Cesar Izturis SS 9. Nick Green SS
Jeremy Guthrie SP Jon Lester SP

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

Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups