Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett pumps his fist after getting New York Mets' Luis Castillo to fly out with two runners on base to end the seventh inning during a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday, May 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

After a walk on the wild side last night, the Boston Red Sox will look to salvage a split in their 4-game series with the Minnesota Twins.

The game this afternoon will start at 1:10 PM EDT and will be televised in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Twins television market, you can catch the game on FOX Sports North. 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.

The former commander of the KickA$$ Brigade Josh Beckett looks to stage a coup and regain his commander status this afternoon in his 100th start for the Red Sox. On the season, Beckett is 4-2 with a 5.01 ERA and is coming off a strong outing against the New York Mets that saw him give up 1 unearned run in 8 innings. Beckett has never faced the Twins at the Metrodome and is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA in three career starts.

The Twins will look to rookie Anthony Swarzak to help take 3-of-4 from the Red Sox. Swarzak has made just one career big league start. In that start, he went seven scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers to pick up the win.

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Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Boston Red Sox27-20

Minnesota Twins24-24

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Denard Span CF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Joe Mauer DH
3. J.D. Drew RF 3. Justin Morneau 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis 1B 4. Jason Kubel RF
5. Mike Lowell 3B 5. Joe Crede 3B
6. David Ortiz DH 6. Brendan Harris SS
7. Jason Varitek C 7. Delmon Young LF
8. Jeff Bailey LF 8. Mike Redmond C
9. Julio Lugo SS 9. Matt Tolbert 2B
Josh Beckett SP Anthony Swarzak SP

And here how the hitters have fared against this afternoon’s starting pitchers. No one on the Red Sox has faced Swarzak.

Minnesota Twins vs Josh Beckett