James Russell (L), Tim Wakefield (R)

After blowout wins for each team in the first two games, the Boston Red Sox will host the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game set and a seven-game homestand tonight at Fenway Park.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:05 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN. You can also catch the game online at ESPN3.com where available.  And if you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2011 Red Sox Radio Network.

Tim Wakefield steps on the slab for the first time since May 11th in his third start of 2011. He’s made 11 appearances (two starts) and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He’s made six appearances (five starts) against the Cubs in his career with only one of them coming as a member of the Red Sox. In those six appearances (five starts), Wake is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA.

James Russell steps in for former Red Sox killer Matt Garza who was scratched yesterday with tightness in his pitching arm. He’s made 13 appearances (four starts) this season and is 1-4 with a 6.26 ERA. His only career appearance against the Red Sox on Friday night when he allowed two hits over three innings of work.

Click on the read more button below to see today’s lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day if you’re on the home page.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Chicago Cubs20-24 Boston Red Sox24-21
1. Kosuke Fukudome RF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. Darwin Barney 2B 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Starlin Castro SS 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B 4. Kevin Youkilis 3B
5. Carlos Pena 1B 5. David Ortiz DH
6. Jeff Baker LF 6. Jed Lowrie SS
7. Alfonso Soriano DH 7. Mike Cameron RF
8. Welington Castillo C 8. Carl Crawford LF
9. Reed Johnson CF 9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
James Russell
SP Tim Wakefield SP

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

Chicago Cubs @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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Aceves relieves one issue [Boston Globe]

Why this is a big start for Wakefield [Clubhouse Insider]

Notes: Lackey and Jenks make progress [CSNNE.com]

Ageless Wakefield gets another turn [ESPN Boston]

Video: Crawford on Boston fans [ESPN Boston]

Sox, Cubs close series at Fenway [ESPN Boston]

Lackey, Jenks continue to make progress [ESPN Boston]

Cubs place Byrd on DL after beaning by Aceves [ESPN Chicago]

Run To Home Base a success [Extra Bases]

Report: Byrd to go on DL [Extra Bases]

Red Sox still can’t complete turnaround [FOXSports.com]

Carlos Pena was ‘fearful’ for Marlon Byrd before hospital visit [Full Count]

Cubs’ Outfielder Marlon Byrd Placed on 15-Day Disabled List After Being Hit in Face by Pitch on Saturday [NESN.com]

Cubs’ Marlon Byrd on DL with facial fractures [Projo Sox Blog]

Youkilis sets HBP record, fails to get souvenir ball [Projo Sox Blog]

Lackey progressing [Projo Sox Blog]

Youkilis rebounding nicely from rough April, but still has room for improvement [Providence Journal]

‘Balanced’ Gonzalez belongs in Boston [RedSox.com]

Knuckle up: Wake gets spot-start in rubber game [RedSox.com]

For Hill, facing former team not weird [RedSox.com]

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