Clay Buchholz (L), David Price (R)

After being spanked last night, the Boston Red Sox look to avoid a split of their four-game set tonight in the finale of a four-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the game 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. If you can’t catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Clay Buchholz will make his 27th start of 2012 tonight for the Red Sox. In his previous 26 starts, Buchholz is 11-6 with a 4.33 ERA. He’s made four starts against the Rays this season and is 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA. Buchholz has made 12 career starts against the Rays and is 5-4 with a 2.76 ERA. Seven of those starts have come at the Trop where he is 3-3 with a 2.89 ERA.

David Price goes for win No. 19 in his 29th start of the season. In his previous 28 starts, Price is 18-5 with a 2.54 ERA. He’s made three starts against the Red Sox this season and is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA. Price has made 13 career starts against the visiting nine and is 7-4 with a 3.15 ERA.

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Here are today’s lineups:

Boston Red Sox68-82 Tampa Bay Rays79-70
1. Pedro Ciriaco CF 1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B 2. B.J. Upton CF
3. Cody Ross DH 3. Ben Zobrist SS
4. Ryan Lavarnway C 4. Evan Longoria 3B
5. Mauro Gomez 1B 5. Matt Joyce RF
6. Mike Aviles 3B 6. Jeff Keppinger 2B
7. Daniel Nava RF 7. Luke Scott DH
8. Scott Podsednik LF 8. Carlos Pena 1B
9. Jose Iglesias SS 9. Jose Molina C
Clay Buchholz SP David Price SP

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

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays batter/pitcher matchups



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Red Sox, Orioles Worlds Apart in 2012, but Sox Can Exact Revenge From Last September’s Collapse [tom caron]

Sox discuss but take no action in suspending Aceves [csn new england]

First Pitch: Rays mediocrity will last without financial help [csn new england]

Gammons: I’ve heard the rumors of Cano and PED use [csn new england]

Beyeler proud of PawSox at season’s end [csn new england]

Red Sox to call up Beato, Stewart, Valencia [csn new england]

Lucchino: Sox prospects on faster track [espn boston]

Mike Aviles shifts over to third base [extra bases]

How Cody Ross is viewing another potential round of free agency [full count]

Larry Lucchino on D&C discusses whether Cody Ross, John Lackey or Alfredo Aceves might return [full count]

Red Sox Need Someone Other Than Jacoby Ellsbury to Step Up in Series Finale With Rays []

Dump Dice-K [projo sox blog]

O’s deserve extra credit; Red Sox rate an “F” [projo sox blog]

PawSox celebration draws about 200 to City Hall [projo sox blog]

How the 40-man roster affects September callups [projo sox blog]

Ciriaco in CF for Ellsbury [projo sox blog]

Aviles slides to third for Iglesias [projo sox blog]

Buchholz looks to end Sox’s road trip with win []

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