Josh Beckett (L), Matt Harrison (R)

After an offensive explosion last night, the Boston Red Sox look to do it again tonight in game three of a four-game set with the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 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, ESPN2 will have national coverage of the game outside of the Red Sox and Rangers television markets. 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 finally picking up his 10th win in his last start, Josh Beckett goes for No. 11 on the season in his 25th start. In his previous 24 starts, Beckett is 10-5 with a 2.46 ERA. He hasn’t faced the Rangers this year and had no record with a 9.75 ERA in two starts against them in 2010.  He’s made seven career starts against the Rangers and is 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA. Four of those starts have come at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where he is 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA.

Matt Harrison is also making his 25th start of the season for the Rangers. In his previous 24 starts, Harrison is 10-8 with a 3.28 ERA. Harrison picked up the win on April 3rd in his only start against the Red Sox this season. In that outing, he allowed one run on five hits in seven innings of work. Harrison has made five career appearances (three starts) against the Red Sox and is 2-0 with a 5.68 ERA.

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Here are this evening’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox78-50 Texas Rangers74-56
1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Ian Kinsler DH
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. David Ortiz
DH 5. Mike Napoli C
6. Jed Lowrie 3B 6. Mitch Moreland 1B
7. Carl Crawford LF 7. David Murphy RF
8. Jason Varitek
C 8. Endy Chavez CF
9. Darnell McDonald
C 9. Omar Quintanilla 2B
Josh Beckett
SP Matt Harrison

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

Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers batter/pitcher matchups

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David Ortiz ready to ‘go deep’ tonight vs. Rangers [Clubhouse Insider]

Pregame notes: Red Sox, A’s bracing for Hurricane Irene [Clubhouse Insider]

Lackey’s win recent stretch is deceiving [CSN New England]

Rangers Present Red Sox With More Frightening Playoff Task Than Justin Verlander, Tigers [Don Orsillo –]

Olney: Would Cubs target Epstein? [ESPN Boston]

Video: W2W4 in Sox-Rangers tonight [ESPN Boston]

Video: Virtual Pitch breaks down Beckett [ESPN Boston]

Jenks to throw in minor-league game [ESPN Boston]

Storm warning has Sox scrambling [ESPN Boston]

Youkilis (back) to ramp up activity [ESPN Boston]

Drew set for 4-game rehab stint [ESPN Boston]

And down the stretch they come [Extra Bases]

Hot topic: Theo Epstein to the Cubs? [Extra Bases]

Podcast: Injuries and slumps [Extra Bases]

Pre-game notes from Texas [Extra Bases]

Dave Magadan on M&M: Carl Crawford is ready to break out of slump [Full Count]

Terry Francona on The Big Show: John Lackey can ‘be the pitcher we need’ [Full Count]

Red Sox pregame notes: News on Andrew Miller, Steve Prefontaine, Bobby Jenks, J.D. Drew, Mark Cuban and Mother Nature [Full Count]

Arbitration Eligibles: Boston Red Sox [MLB Trade Rumors]

Pawtucket Red Sox Batters Not Fazed By Struggles at Plate, Concentrate on Improving Hitting Approach []

Pawtucket Red Sox Have Opportunity to Reach Playoffs For First Time Since 2008 With Successful Road Trip []

Red Sox’ Rotation Will Reveal Terry Francona’s Priorities Regarding Race With Yankees for AL East []

Red Sox Should Expect Boost With David Ortiz’s Return: A Look Inside the Numbers []

With Hurricane Irene Approaching, Red Sox, MLB Looking at Scheduling Alternatives []

From Rangers’ perspective, Red Sox a better foe than Yankees [Providence Journal]

Miller ready for Thursday test [Projo Sox Blog]

Saltalamacchia happy to be with Red Sox [Projo Sox Blog]

Red Sox “brainstorming” contingencies for hurricane [Projo Sox Blog]

Beckett aiming for second win in home state []

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