Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/15/13
5:30 p.m.: The main storyline entering this game is obviously the pitching matchup, which includes two of baseball’s elite lefties. Here’s a look at the guys who will be forced to generate offense against Jon Lester and David Price. Red Sox (22-17) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Will Middlebrooks, 3B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Stephen Drew, SS Jon Lester, LHP (5-0, 2.73 ERA) Rays (20-18) Desmond Jennings, CF Dan Johnson, DH Ben Zobrist, RF Evan Longoria, 3B Yunel Escobar, SS James Loney, 1B Sean Rodriguez, LF Jose Molina, C Ryan Roberts, 2B David Price, LHP (1-3, 4.78 ERA) 11 a.m.: If this doesn’t fill the Trop, what can? The Red Sox and Rays are sending their best to the mound Wednesday night. Jon Lester (5-0, 2.73 ERA) and David Price (1-3, 4.78), both aces of their staffs and perennial Cy Young candidates, will face off as the Red Sox look to chip back after dropping the first game of the series. Lester had some bumpy outings after his torrid start this year, but he made up for all that Friday night in Toronto. Pitching a complete game, Lester gave up just one hit and struck out five. Price, meanwhile, comes into Wednesday night’s contest with his last start a sharp one, too. He went eight innings, also against Toronto, and gave up two earned runs while striking out eight. The Red Sox have been on a bad slide as of late (2-9 in their last 11 games), and they’ll need the bats to get back in it if they want to start stringing together Ws again. David Ortiz also revealed Tuesday that he is nursing a sore oblique muscle, although that didn’t keep him from hitting a home run in the first inning. Flip over to NESN around 6 p.m. to hear what’s going on before the game, but be sure to be here until then for updates and analysis before first pitch, which is scheduled for 7:10.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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