Originally posted on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 9/7/12

After having the day off on Thursday as they returned home from a miserable 1-8 road trip, the Boston Red Sox return to action as they'll kick off a six-game, seven-day home stanza. Tonight they'll host the Toronto Blue Jays in the Battle for the Basement in the first game of a three-game set.

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 Blue Jays television market, you can catch the game on Rogers SportsNet.  If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Felix Doubront toes the rubber for the 25th time this season for embattled skipper Bobby Valentine. In his previous 24 starts, Doubront is 10-7 with a 5.03 ERA. He's made three starts against the Jays this season and is 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA (9 ER/17.1 IP). Doubront has made eight career appearances (three starts) against them and is 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA. Four of those appearances (one start) have come at the Fens where he is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA (5 ER/9.1 IP).

Henderson Alvarez makes his 27th start for new Red Sox manager Blue Jays skipper John Farrell this season. In his previous 26 starts, Alvarez is 7-12 with a 5.04 ERA. He's made four starts against the Red Sox this season and is 2-1 with a 5.87 ERA (15 ER/23 IP). The second year pitcher has made five career starts against the Red Sox and is 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA. Two of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 2-0 with a 8.44 ERA (10 ER/10.2 IP).

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

Here are today's lineups:

61-75 63-75 1. Brett Lawrie 3B 1. Scott Podsednik
LF 2. Colby Rasmus CF 2. Dustin Pedroia
2B 3. Edwin Encarnacion
1B 3. Jacoby Ellsbury
CF 4. Yunel Escobar
SS 4. Cody Ross
RF 5. Adam Lind
DH 5. James Loney
1B 6. J.P. Arencibia
C 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C 7. Kelly Johnson
2B 7. Mike Aviles
SS 8. Moises Sierra
RF 8. Pedro Ciriaco
3B 9. Rajai Davis
LF 9. Ryan Kalish
DH Henderson Alvarez
SP Felix Doubront
SP

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

NOTES:

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A Series Matter: Red Sox-Blue Jays and Defining Terms [projo sox blog]

Doubront looks for better results vs. Jays at home [redsox.com]

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