Originally written on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 11/15/14

After splitting their doubleheader yesterday, the Boston Red Sox look for a split of their four-game set tonight with the New York Yankees at historic Fenway Park in the final game before the All-Star break.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. You can also watch the game online at ESPN3.com or with the WatchESPN app. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.

Jon Lester looks to put together a solid outing in his 18th start of 2012. In his previous 17 starts, Lester is 5-5 with a 4.33 ERA. He has not faced the Yankees in 2012 and was 2-2 with a 6.66 ERA in five starts in 2011. He's made 17 career starts against the Evil Empire and is 8-3 with a 4.15 ERA. Seven of those starts have come at the Fens where he is 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA.

Ivan Nova looks to widen the gap betweent the Yankees and Red Sox in his 17th start of 2012. In his previous 16 starts, Nova is 9-3 with a 4.05 ERA. He picked up the win in his only start of 2012 against the local nine when he allowed two runs in six innings of work on April 20th. Nova has made five career appearances (four starts) agaisnt the Red Sox and is 1-2 with a 5.70 ERA. Three of those appearances (two starts) have come at the Fens where he is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA.

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

Here are today's lineups:

51-33 43-42 1. Derek Jeter
SS 1. Daniel Nava
LF 2. Curtis Granderson
CF 2. Pedro Ciriaco 2B 3. Mark Teixeira 1B 3. David Ortiz
DH 4. Alex Rodriguez
3B 4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 5. Robinson Cano DH 5. Cody Ross RF 6. Nick Swisher RF 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C 7. Andruw Jones LF 7. Ryan Sweeney
CF 8. Jayson Nix 2B 8. Mauro Gomez
3B 9. Chris Stewart
C 9. Mike Aviles
SS Ivan Nova
SP Jon Lester

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



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A matter of give and take for Sox [boston herald]

Clay Buchholz tosses 2-1/3 scoreless innings in Triple-A tuneup [clubhouse insider]

Buchholz impresses in rehab start at Pawtucket [csn new england]

Padilla: Texeira might 'be better off playing a woman's sport' [csn new england]

Buchholz calls his start 'mediocre' . . . but the results weren't [csn new england]

Clay Buchholz throws scoreless rehab start for Pawtucket [extra bases]

Do the Red Sox Have a Better Chance Now of Making the Playoffs Than They Did on Opening Day? [nesn.com]

Pedro Ciriaco Makes Case to Start for Red Sox, Although Not Necessarily at Shortstop [nesn.com]

The last PawSox All-Star left at Triple-A, Lavarnway still biding his time [projo sox blog]

Buchholz throws 43 pitches in rehab start for PawSox [projo sox blog]

Lester looks to end up-and-down first half with win [redsox.com]

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