Boston Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson pitches in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics during their MLB American League baseball game in Oakland, California April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)

The Boston Red Sox kept on with their winning ways yesterday as they dispatched of the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 behind a great outing by Jon Lester. He scattered 4 hits over 7 innings to pick up his first win of 2009 and looked like the Lester of old and not the one we saw in his first two starts.

Today at 11:05 AM, the Red Sox look for the 4-game sweep of the Orioles in the annual Patriots Day game. The game will be televised on NESN and you can also catch the game on the radio on one of the many affiliates of the Red Sox Radio Network.

Justin Masterson will start for the Red Sox today as he replaces Daisuke Matsuzaka who was placed on the 15-day DL with a tired shoulder. Masterson has faced the Orioles twice in his career, both out of the bullpen.  His record in those two games against the O’s is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

Dave Trembley will look to his ultra tall former NBA player pitcher in Mark Hendrickson to end the bleeding for the Orioles. Hendrickson hasn’t had much success against the Red Sox in his career as he is 2-6 with an 8.56 ERA in 14 games (13 starts).

Since the game is in the morning, I’ve decided to combine the normal news & notes post with the lineups. Lineups and batter/pitcher matchups can be found by clicking the continue reading link.

Red Sox 2, Orioles 1: Lester returns to 2008 form [Providence Journal]

Lester, Sox turn a corner by beating O’s [The Patriot Ledger]

Some stuff from another win [Full Count]

Lester Returns To Form, Strikes Out 9 [Hartford Courant]

Lester leads Sox over Orioles [Boston Globe]

Red Sox back at .500 after 4th straight win [Boston Herald]

Let’s Talk About That Woodland Thing Again [Center Field]

Beckett’s suspension reduced, but he’s still not happy [Providence Journal]

Beckett suspension reduced by one game [The Patriot Ledger]

Things warming up for Jacoby Ellsbury [Boston Herald]

Saito better late than never [Boston Globe]

Ortiz is not scaring anyone, except Red Sox fans [Providence Journal]

Josh Beckett gives up fight [Boston Herald]

Ortiz still walking a ‘fine’ line [Boston Globe]

Lowrie seeks another opinion on injured wrist [Providence Journal]

Beckett drops his appeal [Boston Globe]

FAILHAT Throughout History [Center Field]

Lugo in Pawtucket tomorrow [Extra Bases]

Francona patient with Ortiz [Projo Sox Blog]

Matsuzaka cleared to begin throwing [Projo Sox Blog]

Masterson not changing a thing [Full Count]

The lineups and batter/pitcher matchups are after the jump.

Baltimore Orioles6-6

Red Sox logo6-6

1. Brian Roberts 2B 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Cesar Izturis SS 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Nick Markakis RF 3. David Ortiz DH
4. Aubrey Huff DH 4. Kevin Youkilis 1B
5. Ty Wigginton 1B 5. Rocco Baldelli RF
6. Luke Scott LF 6. Jason Bay LF
7. Gregg Zaun C 7. Mike Lowell 3B
8. Ryan Freel 3B 8. Jason Varitek C
9. Felix Pie CF 9. Nick Green SS
Mark Hendrickson SP Justin Masterson SP

Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups