After winning in game one of the day/night doubleheader, the Boston Red Sox go back at it again with the Tampa Bay Rays in game two of a three-game set at Historic Fenway Park.
Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast in the Red Sox television market on NESN. If you live in the Rays broadcast area, you can catch the game on Sun Sports. And if you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to the game on the 2011 Red Sox Radio Network.
Erik Bedard makes his third start in a Red Sox uniform and his 19th start of 2011. In his previous 18 starts, Bedard is 4-7 with a 3.55 ERA. He has received a no decision in both of his starts with the local nine. He’s made two starts against the Rays this year with both of them coming in a Seattle Mariners uniform. In those two starts, Bedard is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA (8 ER/8.1 IP). He’s made 22 career appearances (21 starts) against the Mariners and is 11-4 with a 3.41 ERA.
Jeff Niemann makes his 16th start of 2011 in the second game of the doubleheader. In his previous 15 starts, Niemann is 7-4 with a 3.43 ERA. He’s made one start against the Red Sox this season and received a no decision after allowing two hits in eight innings of work on July 16th. Y’all may remember that as the 16 inning affair that the Red Sox won 1-0. He’s made five career starts against the Red Sox and is 2-2 with a 4.56 ERA. Two of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA (8 ER/8.2 IP).
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Here are this evening’s lineups:
|1. Desmond Jennings||LF||1. Jacoby Ellsbury||CF|
|2. Johnny Damon||DH||2. Jed Lowrie||3B|
|3. Evan Longoria||3B||3. Adrian Gonzalez||1B|
|4. Ben Zobrist||2B||4. Dustin Pedroia||2B|
|5. B.J. Upton||CF||5. Josh Reddick||RF|
|6. Casey Kotchman||1B||6. Carl Crawford||DH|
|7. Sean Rodriguez||SS||7. Mike Aviles||SS|
|8. Matthew Joyce||RF||8. Jason Varitek||C|
|9. Robinson Chirinos||C||9. Darnell McDonald||LF|
And here is how the hitters have fared against today’s starting pitchers:
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Lester, Ellsbury pace victory over Rays [Clubhouse Insider]
Ellsbury with elite company in Red Sox 20-20 club [CSN New England]
Lester, Ellsbury lift Red Sox past Rays in Game 1 [CSN New England]
Ortiz (heel) out for Game 2 vs. Rays [CSN New England]
Meet the newest Sox [ESPN Boston]
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 3, Rays 1 [ESPN Boston]
Francona: Ortiz has bursitis in right heel [ESPN Boston]
Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz gets heel looked at [ESPN Boston]
Lester finds rhythm and settles in [ESPN Boston]
Hits are few, but Ellsbury HR suffices [ESPN Boston]
Closing Time: Jon Lester’s masterpiece leads Red Sox to 3-1 in doubleheader opener [Full Count]
Tampa Bay sees a different Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011…sort of [Full Count]
Despite gem, Jon Lester didn’t feel quite right until the middle innings [Full Count]
Dynamic duo in Red Sox bullpen proves key late in games [Full Count]
David Ortiz a Late Scratch in Game 1 of Doubleheader With Rays Due to Illness [NESN.com]
Video: Jacoby Ellsbury’s Home Run Helps Red Sox Start Doubleheader on Winning Note [NESN.com]
David Ortiz Sitting Out Nightcap of Doubleheader With Right Heel Bursitis [NESN.com]
Video: New England Baseball Enjoying Resurgence As Local Players Continue to Make Impact in College, Pursue Big League Careers [NESN.com]
One Costly Mistake to Jacoby Ellsbury Dooms James Shields, Rays in Opener of Doubleheader [NESN.com]
Joe Maddon Always Knew Jacoby Ellsbury Had Power, But Says Center Fielder Is Now ‘Maturing as a Hitter’ [NESN.com]
Jon Lester’s Six-Pitch Fifth Inning a Turning Point for Red Sox in First Game of Twinbill With Rays [NESN.com]
Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Lester cruises behind Ellsbury HR [Projo Sox Blog]
Alex Wilson promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket [Projo Sox Blog]
Ellsbury’s progress obvious to Shields, Rays [Projo Sox Blog]
Ortiz out with right heel bursitis [Projo Sox Blog]
Bedard, Niemann to battle in Game 2 [RedSox.com]
Papi late scratch from lineup due to illness [RedSox.com]
Francona skips unpacking during pit stop home [RedSox.com]
Lester notches eight strikeouts, stymies Rays [RedSox.com]
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