After winning 5-2 last night, the Boston Red Sox look to continue to play spoiler in the second game of a four-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.
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 Rays television market, you can catch the game on Sun Sports. If you can't catch the television broadcast, you can always listen to it on the Red Sox radio network.
Felix Doubront looks to keep his record above .500 in his 27th start of 2012. In his previous 26 starts, Doubront is 10-9 with a 5.11 ERA. He's made two starts against the Rays this season and is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA (5 ER/10.2 IP). In his career, Doubront has made six appearances (three starts) against the Rays and is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA. Five of those appearances (two starts) have come at the Trop where he is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA.
Jeremy Hellickson looks to keep the Rays alive in the playoff race in his 28th start of the season. In his previous 27 starts, Hellickson is 8-10 with a 3.22 ERA. He's made four starts against the visiting nine this season and is 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA. Hellickson has made nine career appearances (eight starts) against the Red Sox and is 3-2 with a 4.29 ERA.
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Here are today's lineups:67-81 78-69 1. Pedro Ciriaco 3B 1. Desmond Jennings
LF 2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 2. B.J. Upton
CF 3. Dustin Pedroia
2B 3. Ben Zobrist
SS 4. Cody Ross
RF 4. Evan Longoria
DH 5. James Loney
1B 5. Jeff Keppinger 1B 6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C 6. Ben Francisco
RF 7. Ryan Lavarnway
DH 7. Ryan Roberts 2B 8. Scott Podsednik LF 8. Chris Gimenez C 9. Jose Iglesias
SS 9. Sean Rodriguez
3B Felix Doubront
SP Jeremy Hellickson
And here is how the hitters have fared against today's starting pitchers:
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