Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester, left, high-fives third baseman Mike Lowell after Lowell caught a line out off the bat of New York Yankees Nick Swisher in the third inning of their MLB baseball game at Fenway Park, Friday, April 24, 2009, in Boston.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)After watching Brad Penny struggle early on last night and being unable to recover, the Boston Red Sox look to gain a split of their series with the Oakland A’s this afternoon at Fenway Park.

The game this afternoon will start at 1:35 PM EDT and will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the A’s television market, you can catch the game on Comcast SportsNet California. 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 even up the series for Terry Francona this afternoon. Lester is 9-7 with a 3.79 ERA in 20 starts this season. He’s faced the A’s once this season back in April and took the loss after allowing 6 runs in 6 innings. He’s made 7 career starts and is 2-3 with a 4.74 ERA against the A’s.

Bob Geren trots out yet another rookie in Gio Gonzalez. He’s made 8 appearances (5 starts) this season for the A’s and is 2-2 with a 7.75 ERA. He’s never faced in the Red Sox in his career.

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Oakland Athletics42-57

Red Sox logo58-41

1. Adam Kennedy 2B 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Orlando Cabrera SS 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Nomar Garciaparra DH 3. Kevin Youkilis 1B
4. Jack Cust RF 4. Jason Bay LF
5. Tommy Everidge 1B 5. David Ortiz DH
6. Bobby Crosby 3B 6. Mike Lowell 3B
7. Rajai Davis CF 7. J.D. Drew RF
8. Ryan Sweeney LF 8. Jason Varitek C
9. Landon Powell C 9. Nick Green SS
Gio Gonzalez SP Jon Lester SP

And here is how the hitters have fared against this afternoon’s starting pitchers.

Oakland A's vs Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups