Jeremy Hellickson (L), Kyle Weiland (R)

After splitting a two-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox will host the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game series that could very well determine which team will make the playoffs. They’ll kick off the four-game set with game one tonight at Historic Fenway Park.

Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rays television market, you can catch the game on Sun Sports. Depending on where you live, you might also be able to catch the game on the MLB Network. And if you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2011 Red Sox Radio Network.

Kyle Weiland goes in search of his first MLB win in his fourth start (fifth appearance) of 2011 for the Red Sox. In his previous four appearances (three starts), Weiland is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. His only career start against the Rays came his last time out on September 10th at the Trop. In that start, he picked up a no decision after allowing three runs in four innings of work.

Rookie Jeremy Hellickson looks to bolster his AL Rookie of the Year candidacy in his 27th start of 2011. In his previous 26 starts, Hellickson is 12-10 with a 2.96 ERA. He’s made three starts against the Red Sox this season and is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA. Overall in his career, he’s made four appearances (three starts) against the Red Sox and is 1-1 with a 4.95 ERA. He’s made two appearances (one start) at the Fens and is 1-0 with a 6.93 ERA (5 ER/7 IP). He is the only rookie starter to beat the Red Sox this season at the Fens.

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

Here are this evening’s lineups:

Tampa Bay Rays82-66 Boston Red Sox86-62
1. Desmond Jennings LF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
2. B.J. Upton CF 2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Evan Longoria 3B 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Ben Zobrist 2B 4. David Ortiz DH
5. Johnny Damon DH 5. Kevin Youkilis 3B
6. Matthew Joyce RF 6. Josh Reddick RF
7. Casey Kotchman 1B 7. Carl Crawford LF
8. John Jaso C 8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
9. Reid Brignac SS 9. Marco Scutaro SS
Jeremy Hellickson SP Kyle Weiland SP

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

Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox batter/pitcher matchups

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