After taking three-of-four from the Cleveland Indians, including the final three, the Boston Red Sox look to finish up the six-game homestand on a positive note. Tonight, they'll take on the Seattle Mariners in the first game of a brief two-game set at Historic Fenway Park.
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 Mariners television market, you can catch the game on ROOT Sports. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Jon Lester looks for his first Fenway Park win of the year in his team-high eighth start of 2012. In his previous seven starts, Lester is 1-3 with a 4.29 ERA. Lester did not face the Mariners in 2011 and was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA (5 ER/15.2 IP) in two starts against them in 2010. He's made seven career starts against the Mariners and is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA. When he records his first out tonight, it'll mark the 1000th inning he's pitched in a Red Sox uniform joining 40 others who have done it before him.
Jason Vargas makes his ninth start of 2010 for the Mariners. In his previous eight starts, Vargas is 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA. He picked up the win in his only start against the Red Sox in 2011 after allowing four runs in seven innings of work back on April 29, 2011, which also marks his only start at the Fens. He's made three career starts against the Red Sox and is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA (7 ER/19.1 IP).
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Here are today's lineups:16-20 15-19 1. Dustin Ackley
DH 1. Mike Aviles
SS 2. Casper Wells
LF 2. Dustin Pedroia
2B 3. Ichiro Suzuki
RF 3. David Ortiz
DH 4. Jesus Montero
C 4. Adrian Gonzalez
1B 5. Justin Smoak
1B 5. Will Middlebrooks
3B 6. Kyle Seager
2B 6. Cody Ross
RF 7. Alex Liddi
3B 7. Daniel Nava
LF 8. Michael Saunders CF 8. Marlon Byrd
CF 9. Brendan Ryan
SS 9. Kelly Shoppach
C Jason Vargas
SP Jon Lester
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
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Ready to roll? Red Sox starters hold the key to team’s resurgence [Full Count]
Red Sox new kid Will Middlebrooks is Major League hottie [Inside Track]
Josh Beckett Has Something to Prove and Other Thoughts From the Week in Baseball [NESN.com]
Is Felix Hernandez the Most Intimidating Starter in the Majors? [NESN.com]
Daniel Nava Sizzling at Plate As Red Sox Open Quick Two-Game Series With Mariners [NESN.com]
Derek Lowe Speechless After Red Sox Replace Pitcher's Stolen World Series Ring [NESN.com]
Consul General of Japan to Present Red Sox With Cherry Tree During Pregame Ceremony [NESN.com]
A Series Matter: Red Sox-Mariners and Reminiscing [Projo Sox Blog]
Red Sox pass pitching baton to Lester vs. M's [RedSox.com]
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