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Red Sox vs. White Sox: Boston Sends Jon Lester To The Mound In Search Of First Win Against Chicago

Jon Lester's splits in 2011 are pretty intimidating. If you're facing him as the home team, anyway.

Lester (10-4, 3.23) is a remarkable 7-1 on the road this season, with a 2.80 ERA in opponents' stadiums. He'll get the ball Saturday night looking to put an end to the Red Sox' first losing streak since June 29th as Boston hopes to maintain its two-game lead on New York in the American League East standings. 

Dustin Pedroia, who had a 25-game hit streak snapped in Friday night's 3-1 loss to the White Sox, will be batting second for Boston, which gets Adrian Gonzalez back in the third spot a night after he was scratched with a stiff neck. 

Boston's lineup will look much as it has all year, but the bench will be a man short with Yamaico Navarro having beend traded to Kansas City and Mike Aviles not yet in the Boston clubhouse. 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Carl Crawford, LF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Josh Reddick, RF

9. Marco Scutaro, SS

 

For Chicago:

1. Juan Pierre, LF

2. Alexei Ramirez, SS

3. Paul Konerko, 1B

4. Adam Dunn, DH

5. Carlos Quentin, RF

6. A.J. Pierzynski, C

7. Alex Rios, CF

8. Gordon Beckham, 2B

9. Brent Morel, 3B

Phil Humber (8-6, 3.27) gets the ball for Chicago, which looks to win the season series with Boston before they even lose one game to Boston.