After falling last night, the Boston Red Sox look to get back on the winning side of things in the second game of a four-game set against the Texas Rangers tonight at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. and will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Rangers broadcast area, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Southwest. If you don’t live in either market, you may be in luck as the MLB Network is also scheduled to have coverage of tonight’s game. And if you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2011 Red Sox Radio Network.
John Lackey makes his 22nd start of 2011 tonight for the Red Sox. In his previous 21 starts, he is 11-9 with a 6.02 ERA. He’s made one start against the Rangers this season, taking the loss on April 2nd when he allowed nine runs in 3.2 innings of work. He’s made 34 career starts against the Rangers and is 11-13 with a 6.07 ERA. Including his start this season, Lackey has made 17 of those 34 starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where he is 6-6 with a 6.78 ERA.
Colby Lewis toes the rubber for the 26th time in 2011. In his previous 25 starts, Lewis is 11-8 with a 3.83 ERA. In his lone start of 2011 against the Red Sox, he was matched up with Lackey on April 2nd. Lewis picked up the win in that game after allowing three runs in six innings of work. He’s made nine career appearances (five starts) against the Red Sox and is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA.
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Here are this evening’s lineups:
|1. Jacoby Ellsbury||CF||1. Ian Kinsler||2B|
|2. Marco Scutaro||SS||2. Elvis Andrus||SS|
|3. Adrian Gonzalez||1B||3. Josh Hamilton||LF|
|4. Dustin Pedroia||2B||4. Michael Young||3B|
|5. Josh Reddick||RF||5. Nelson Cruz||RF|
|6. Jed Lowrie||3B||6. Mike Napoli||DH|
|7. Carl Crawford||LF||7. Mitch Moreland||1B|
|8. Ryan Lavarnway||DH||8. Yorvit Torrealba||C|
|9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia||C||9. Endy Chavez||CF|
|John Lackey||SP||Colby Lewis
And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:
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Who is the right choice to be the Red Sox’ right fielder in the playoffs? [Clubhouse Insider]
Running man: David Ortiz tests injured heel, may play Wednesday [Clubhouse Insider]
How Jarrod Saltalamacchia passed the Rangers’ test of his throwing arm [Clubhouse Insider]
Rangers a daunting playoff foe for Sox [CSN New England]
Williams clears waivers, sent to Pawtucket [CSN New England]
Notes: Ellsbury returns to lineup [CSN New England]
Video: Sox turn to Lackey [ESPN Boston]
Video: Picking an AL MVP [ESPN Boston]
Ortiz runs on heel, says he feels ready to return [ESPN Boston]
Ellsbury back in lineup [ESPN Boston]
Sox try to break Rangers’ spell [ESPN Boston]
More hockey at Fenway this winter [Extra Bases]
What the heck is going on? [Extra Bases]
It’s 108 in Texas … let’s play baseball [Extra Bases]
Ortiz after running: ‘I felt all right’ [Extra Bases]
Kalish returns to AAA disabled list [Extra Bases]
Jackie Bradley makes Red Sox debut [Extra Bases]
Texas troubles another reason Sox should want to win AL East [Projo Sox Blog]
Bowden keeps mowing hitters down [Projo Sox Blog]
Williams back with PawSox, Kalish DL’ed [Projo Sox Blog]
Ortiz runs on the field, could return Wednesday [Projo Sox Blog]
Tazawa not thinking about September yet [Projo Sox Blog]
Ellsbury returns to lineup [Projo Sox Blog]
McDonald could be key come October [Projo Sox Blog]
Lackey is picking up steam in second half [RedSox.com]