After taking the first game 7-3 last night, the Boston Red Sox look to take the series tonight in the second game of a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers at historic Fenway Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Tigers television market, you can catch the game on FOX Sports Detroit. And if you don't live in either market you're in luck as the MLB Network will have coverage of the game (not in Red Sox and Tigers television markets). If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Josh Beckett looks to turn his season around in his 18th start of 2012. In his previous 17 starts, Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA. He's made two starts against the Tigers this season and is 0-2 with a 8.49 ERA (11 ER/11.2 IP). Beckett has made eight career starts against the Tigers and is 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA. Four of those starts have come at the Fens and he is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA.
Justin Verlander will toe the rubber for the 22nd time this season. In his previous 21 starts, Verlander is 11-6 with a 2.60 ERA. He's made two starts against the Red Sox in 2012 and is 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA (5 ER/14 IP). Verlander has made nine career starts against the Red Sox and is 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA. Six of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA.
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Here are today's lineups:54-49 52-51 1. Austin Jackson
CF 1. Jacoby Ellsbury
CF 2. Quintin Berry
LF 2. Carl Crawford
LF 3. Miguel Cabrera
3B 3. Dustin Pedroia
2B 4. Prince Fielder
1B 4. Adrian Gonzalez
1B 5. Delmon Young
DH 5. Cody Ross
RF 6. Brennan Boesch
RF 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
DH 7. Jhonny Peralta
SS 7. Will Middlebrooks 3B 8. Alex Avila
C 8. Kelly Shoppach
C 9. Omar Infante
2B 9. Pedro Ciriaco
SS Justin Verlander
SP Josh Beckett
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
NOTES: Ryan Sweeney will be placed on the 15-day disabled list after being an idiot by breaking his hand punching a wall. Ryan Kalish has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Also, the Red Sox have acquired Craig Breslow from the Diamondbacks for Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik.
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Red Sox Acquire Craig Breslow From DBacks For Albers, Podsednik [sox & dawgs]
Headed to disabled list, Ryan Sweeney apologizes to Red Sox [clubhouse insider]
State of the Red Sox Notebook: July 31, 2012 [csn new england]
Clay Buchholz: Ace by default [csn new england]
Some interest in Kelly Shoppach [extra bases]
Red Sox in Odd Position at Trade Deadline and Other Thoughts From the Week in Baseball [nesn.com]
Will Middlebrooks Knows Consistency is Key to Success in Big Leagues, Says He's Never Satisfied [nesn.com]
Red Sox look to run winning streak to four games [redsox.com]
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