After beating the Youks 5-1 last night, the Boston Red Sox look to take another win tonight in the second game of a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox at historic Fenway Park.
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 White Sox television market, you can watch the game on WCIU. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Jon Lester toes the rubber for the 19th time in 2012. In his previous 18 starts, Lester is 5-6 with a 4.49 ERA. He picked up the win in his only start of 2012 against the South Siders when he threw seven shutout innings back on April 28th. Lester has made eight career starts against the White Sox and is 4-3 with a 4.56 ERA. Two of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 0-1 with a 7.30 ERA (10 ER/12.1 IP).
Philip Humber takes the ball for just the 13th time this season. In his previous 12 starts, Humber is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA. He was shelled in his only start of the season against the Red Sox as he took the loss after allowing nine runs in five innings of work back on April 26th. Overall in his career, Humber has made just three starts against the local nine and is 1-2 with an 8.83 ERA. He was victorious in his only career Fenway start after he gave up four runs in 7.2 innings of work.
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Here are today's lineups:49-40 46-44 1. Alejandro De Aza
CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury
CF 2. Kevin Youkilis
3B 2. Carl Crawford
LF 3. Adam Dunn
DH 3. Daniel Nava
DH 4. Paul Konerko
1B 4. Adrian Gonzalez
1B 5. Alex Rios
RF 5. Will Middlebrooks 3B 6. A.J. Pierzynski
C 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C 7. Dayan Viciedo
LF 7. Ryan Sweeney
RF 8. Alexei Ramirez
SS 8. Mike Aviles
SS 9. Gordon Beckham
2B 9. Pedro Ciriaco
2B Philip Humber
SP Jon Lester
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
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Source: Ortiz' Achilles not ruptured or torn [rob bradford - weei.com]
Source: MRI reveals no tear in David Ortiz’ right Achilles [clubhouse insider]
Ortiz: I think I'll be OK [csn new england]
It's not about curses [csn new england]
State of the Red Sox Notebook: July 17, 2012 [csn new england]
Video: What's expected of Crawford? [espn boston]
David Ortiz of Boston Red Sox still in 'a lot of pain,' says heel is swollen [espn boston]
Sox seek another win vs. Youk & Co. [espn boston]
Bernie Williams, Jason Varitek squaring off in cupcake competition [extra bases]
David Ortiz's Achilles' tendon isn't torn or ruptured [extra bases]
Epstein stalker arrested in Chicago [hardball talk]
Report: Red Sox Showing Interest in Matt Garza [nesn.com]
Red Sox Must Keep Day-to-Day Approach, Focus on Short Term May Be Pivotal in Second Half [nesn.com]
Jenny Dell, Red Sox Hosting Tweet Up Event August 1 at NESN Stage on Yawkey Way [nesn.com]
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's Slump Has Been Ugly, But Catcher Should Have Reason for Optimism [nesn.com]
Will Middlebrooks Among Red Sox Players Who Used All-Star Break to Relax, Unwind, Travel [nesn.com]
Red Sox MLB Trade Deadline Moves Since 2000 Include Role Players, Blockbusters, Everything in Between (Photos) [nesn.com]
Carl Crawford's Return to Starting Role Expected, But Spot in Batting Order Still Unclear [don orsillo - nesn.com]
Just trying to hit singles? Gonzalez goes deep [projo sox blog]
Lester looks to start second-half turnaround [redsox.com]
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