Josh Beckett (L), Jeff Niemann (R)

After taking yesterday afternoon’s game, the Boston Red Sox look for the series win in the finale of a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.

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

After being scratched for his appearance in the All-Star Game earlier in the week, Josh Beckett looks to put the knee issue to rest in his 18th start of 2011. In his previous 17 starts, Beckett is 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA. He’s made one start against the Rays this season and that came back on June 15th. In that start, Beckett threw a complete game one-hit shutout to pick up the W. He’s made 17 career starts against the Rays and is 8-4 with a 3.15 ERA. Seven of those starts have come at the Trop where he is 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA.

Jeff Niemann makes his 11th start of 2011 for Joe Maddon. In his previous 10 starts, Niemann is 4-4 with a 4.53 ERA. He has not faced the Red Sox in 2011 and was 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts in 2010. Overall in his career, he’s made four starts against the Red Sox and is 2-2 with a 6.62 ERA.

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Here are this evening’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox56-36 Tampa Bay Rays50-42
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Johnny Damon DH
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. Ben Zobrist RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 3. Evan Longoria 3B
4. Kevin Youkilis 3B 4. Casey Kotchman 1B
5. David Ortiz DH 5. B.J. Upton CF
6. J.D. Drew RF 6. Jose Lobaton C
7. Josh Reddick LF 7. Sean Rodriguez 2B
8. Jason Varitek C 8. Sam Fuld LF
9. Marco Scutaro SS 9. Reid Brignac SS
Josh Beckett SP Jeff Niemann SP

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

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays batter/pitcher matchups

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No way, Jose [Boston Herald]

Sense of closure? [Boston Herald]

Jon Lester set to start July 26, Carl Crawford to return Monday [Clubhouse Insider]

Report: Crawford to return to Red Sox Monday []

Lester (back) set to return to Red Sox July 26 []

Report: Red Sox interested in Jimenez, Kuroda []

Notes: Lineup shuffle in order for Crawford’s return []

Beckett to test knee in series finale at Tampa [ESPN Boston]

Lester scheduled for July 26 return [ESPN Boston]

Ortiz still hasn’t heard on appeal of suspension [ESPN Boston]

Jon Lester to return from DL July 26 [Extra Bases]

Ortiz suspension could start tomorrow [Extra Bases]

Trade Deadline: Red Sox going after Padres’ Ryan Ludwick? [Full Count]

Josh Beckett Looks to Continue Success, Prove He’s Healthy in First Start of Second Half Against Rays []

Jon Lester Expected to Return July 26 Against Kansas City Royals at Fenway, According to Manager Terry Francona []

Lester slated to return July 26 [Projo Sox Blog]

Crawford to rejoin team on Monday [Projo Sox Blog]

Boston still awaiting word on appeal [Projo Sox Blog]

Francona not concerned by Bard’s innings count [Projo Sox Blog]

Beckett out to prove knee is no problem in finale []

The Dark and Possibly Inebriated Knight Rises [Surviving Grady]

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