Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Paul Byrd pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning of game one of a double header of MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts September 13, 2008.   REUTERS/Adam Hunger  (UNITED STATES)

After taking 2-of-3 from their AL East nemesis the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox are in Chicago to take on President Barack Obama’s White Sox at US Cellular Field tonight in the first of four games.

Tonight’s game will start at 8:11 p.m. and will be televised on NESN in the Red Sox television market. In the Chicago area, you can catch the game on WCIU. If the television isn’t your cup of tea, You can also catch the game on the radio on one of the many affiliates of the Red Sox Radio Network.

Paul Byrd makes just his second start of 2009 and is coming of a scoreless six inning performance against the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s had good success against the White Sox as he is 8-3 with a 4.43 ERA in fifteen career starts. His numbers are also stellar in Chicago as he is 4-1 with a 4.31 ERA there in six starts.

Freddy Garcia makes only his fourth start of 2009 and second appearance this season against the Red Sox. On the season, Garcia is 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA. He picked up a no-decision against the Red Sox back on August 25th after allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He’s made fourteen career starts against the Red Sox and is 6-2 with a 4.74 ERA.

Terry Francona announced this afternoon that Tim Wakefield will make the start tomorrow afternoon instead of Junichi Tazawa. It seems as though the cortisone shot has done its job.

Wakefield set to pitch tomorrow [Extra Bases]

Wakefield will start on Saturday [Projo Sox Blog]

Pitching depth could mean rest for Beckett, Lester [Projo Sox Blog]

Bittersweet feelings for Lowell [Projo Sox Blog]

Nuggetpalooza! – Hitting Vs Best and Worst Pitchers [Nuggetpalooza]

Great balls of fire [Tony Massarotti – Boston Globe]

Vote Lowell for Man of the Year []

Youkilis settling into red-hot groove []

Lowell: Irregular playing time is ‘hard’ []

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Boston Red Sox78-55

Chicago White Sox66-69

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Scott Podsednik LF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Gordon Beckham 3B
3. Victor Martinez 1B 3. A.J. Pierzynski C
4. Kevin Youkilis 3B 4. Paul Konerko 1B
5. David Ortiz DH 5. Mark Kotsay RF
6. Jason Bay LF 6. Carlos Quentin DH
7. J.D. Drew RF 7. Chris Getz 2B
8. Jason Varitek C 8. Alexei Ramirez SS
9. Alex Gonzalez SS 9. Alex Rios CF
Paul Byrd SP Freddy Garcia SP

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

Boston Red Sox vs Chicago White Sox batter/pitcher matchups