After being spanked last night 9-1, the Boston Red Sox look to put an end to their four-game losing streak in the middle game of a three-game set with the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Rangers television market, you can watch the game on Fox Sports Southwest. 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 (outside of Red Sox and Rangers television markets). If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Clay Buchholz returns to his native Texas to make his 17th start of 2012. In his previous 16 starts, Buchholz is 8-3 with a 5.19 ERA. He took the loss in his only start of 2011 against the Rangers after allowing four runs in 6.1 innings. He's made four career starts against the Rangers and is 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA. Two of those starts have come in Arlington where he 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA (7 ER/10.1 IP).
Martin Perez will step in for Colby Lewis tonight, who was lost for the season, to make his third start (fifth appearance) for the Rangers. In his previous four apperances (two starts), Perez is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA. Tonight will mark the first time the 21-year-old has faced the Red Sox.
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Here are today's lineups:48-49 57-38 1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 1. Ian Kinsler
2B 2. Pedro Ciriaco
DH 2. Elvis Andrus
SS 3. Dustin Pedroia
2B 3. Josh Hamilton
LF 4. Adrian Gonzalez
1B 4. Adrian Beltre
3B 5. Cody Ross RF 5. Michael Young
1B 6. Will Middlebrooks 3B 6. Nelson Cruz
DH 7. Carl Crawford LF 7. David Murphy
RF 8. Kelly Shoppach
C 8. Mike Napoli C 9. Mike Aviles
SS 9. Craig Gentry
CF Clay Buchholz
SP Martin Perez
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
NOTES: After being designated for assignment last week, Brent Lillibridge has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor league pitcher Jose De La Torre. The Red Sox have also signed pitcher Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal. Both De La Torre and Figueroa have been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
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