Originally posted on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 7/13/12

After enjoying the past four days off for the 2012 All-Star break, the Boston Red Sox head out on the road to St. Petersburg, FL to start a three-game set tonight with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

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 watch the game on Sun Sports. And if you don't live in either market you're in luck as well as the MLB Network will have coverage of the game. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Franklin Morales will make his fifth start (28th appearance) tonight for the visiting nine. In his previous 27 appearances (four starts), Morales is 1-2 with a 3.50 ERA. He's made five appearances against the Rays this season and has no record with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/4 IP). Overall in his career, Morales has made 12 appearances agains the Rays and has no record with a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11 IP). Five of those appearances have come at the Trop where he has no record with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/5 IP).

Jeremy Hellickson will make his 16th start this season tonight for skipper Joe Maddon. In his previous 15 starts, Hellickson is 4-5 with a 3.41 ERA. He's made three starts against the Red Sox in 2012 and is 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA. Hellickson has made eight career appearances (seven starts) against Boston and is 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA.

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

Here are today's lineups:

43-43 45-41 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Elliot Johnson
SS 2. Daniel Nava
LF 2. Carlos Pena
1B 3. David Ortiz
DH 3. Ben Zobrist
RF 4. Adrian Gonzalez
1B 4. B.J. Upton
CF 5. Will Middlebrooks
3B 5. Jeff Keppinger
2B 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C 6. Sean Rodriguez
3B 7. Ryan Sweeney
RF 7. Luke Scott
DH 8. Mike Aviles
SS 8. Desmond Jennings
LF 9. Pedro Ciriaco
2B 9. Jose Lobaton
C Franklin Morales
SP Jeremy Hellickson
SP

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

NOTES: As you can see from the lineup, the Red Sox have activated Ellsbury from the 60-day disabled list. To make room on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters, they have designated pitcher Justin Germano for assignment.

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Ellsbury returns, Sox to designate Germano [rob bradford - weei.com]

Hate Bobby but blame players [csn new england]

Lucchino's 'maddening' letter to season-ticket holders [csn new england]

A fan's response to Lucchino's letter Larry's letter [csn new england]

Breaking Down Larry's Letter [csn new england]

Lucchino: Red Sox won't hesitate to make deal [espn boston]

Mismatched Sox wearing on Bobby V? [espn boston]

Which Red Sox Pitcher Will Play the Biggest Role in Team's Second Half? [nesn.com]

Trags Bag: The case for Bobby Valentine [mike petraglia - weei.com]

A Series Matter: Red Sox-Rays and Fresh Starts [projo sox blog]

Back in Triple-A, Kalish knows he still needs to develop [projo sox blog]

Cherington: Red Sox not in the market for rentals [projo sox blog]

Red Sox set to start second half vs. rival Rays [redsox.com]

For prospect Marrero, a perfect home in Lowell [redsox.com]

Weekly Notes: Barnes and Bogaerts star in Futures Game [soxprospects.com]

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