The Sox are looking for a four-game sweep. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (14-14)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 11.57).
Pitching: LHP Scott Kazmir (2-1, 5.57).
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLBN / WEEI
State of the Sox: The Sox have won three straight and 10 of 15. They are 6.5 games behind Tampa Bay.
Home cooking: The Red Sox have won seven of their last nine games at Fenway Park to improve to 8-8 at home.
It starts with them: Red Sox starters are 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA in the last eight games. Overall, the pitching staff has a 3.52 ERA in that span.
Safe and secure: Jonathan Papebon has converted 21 straight regular-season save chances going back to last season, the longest such streak of his career.
Papi power: Of David Ortiz’s 12 hits, nine have been for extra bases.
Dice-K’s day: Matsuzaka will make his second start of the season. He look good for four innings then allowed six runs on six hits and a walk in the fifth inning. He is 1-1, 4.91 in two career starts against the Angels. Matsuzaka threw six scoreless innings against the Angels at Fenway last Sept. 15.
Old foe: Scott Kazmir will be making his 24th career start against the Sox. He is 8-7 with a 3.59 ERA but only 3-5, 4.59 over the last three years. He has thrown 130.1 innings against the Sox overall, allowing 117 hits and striking out 138.
Here’s how the Sox have fared against Kazmir:
Scutaro 5-18, 4K
Pedroia 15-29, 1 HR
Youkilis 9-38. 14K
Lowell 10-40, 4 HR, 10K
Beltre 2-18, 9K
Ortiz 9-33, 2 HR, 11K
Varitek 6-32, 1 HR, 11K
Drew you can do it: J.D. Drew is 11 ofhis last 24 with eight runs scored, seven RBI and extra-base hits.
On the iPod right now: Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard by Paul Simon. If you ever get a chance to see Paul Simon, go. Saw him at The Beacon Theater in Manhattan a few years ago and he was tremendous.
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