After a tough loss last night, the Boston Red Sox look to Paul Byrd to get them in position to win this series against the Texas Rangers. A win would be nice for the Red Sox because it would keep them at least 2.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays who come to the Fens for a 3-game set starting tomorrow.

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1. Jacoby Ellsbury, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Sean Casey, 1B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Alex Cora, SS
9. Coco Crisp, CF

– Paul Byrd, SP


1. Joaquin Arias, 2B
2. Ramon Vazquez, SS
3. Michael Young, DH
4. Josh Hamilton, CF
5. Marlon Byrd, LF
6. Hank Blalock, 1B
7. Nelson Cruz, RF
8. Chris Davis, 3B
9. Taylor Teagarden, C

– Brandon McCarthy, SP

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

Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers