Clement looks to start new Sox streak

Clement looks to start new Sox streak

The Red Sox have yet to lose a series in the early portion of this season, and they'll try to keep it that way Thursday night, when they host the Blue Jays in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Matt Clement, who was sharp in his victory last Friday in Baltimore, takes the ball for the Sox. The Blue Jays counter with lefty Ted Lilly, who has been tough on the Red Sox the last couple of years.

With center fielder Coco Crisp on the disabled list and Trot Nixon day-to-day with a groin injury, the Red Sox will rely on the right-handed bats of Dustan Mohr and Wily Mo Pena.

Pena and Mohr both went deep in Wednesday's loss.

"That was nice to see," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We are going to face left-handers coming up. If [Mohr] and Wily Mo can give us a little bit of a lift, that would be big for us.

The Red Sox could also use a surge of offense from star slugger Manny Ramirez, who is hitting .214 and is still looking for his first home run.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Matt Clement (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
The right-hander came out strong in his first start, firing six shutout innings before giving up four runs in his last inning of work. He recorded the victory over the Orioles. This is Clement's first start of the season at Fenway Park, where he went 8-4 with a 4.90 ERA last year. Clement pitched four times against the Blue Jays in 2005, going 0-2 with an 8.34 ERA.

TOR: LHP Ted Lilly (1-0, 4.05 ERA)
Lilly will be making his second start of the year, this time against the Red Sox, who the left-hander victimized last season. In 2005, Lilly was 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA in five starts with 19 strikeouts across 30 innings vs. Boston. He hasn't fared as well at Fenway Park, though, going 2-1 with a 5.08 ERA in seven starts in Beantown.

Player to watch
David Ortiz has gone deep the last two games. He has belted 21 homers in his career against the Blue Jays, his highest total against any opponent

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Up next
• Friday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 2-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. Mariners (Jamie Moyer, 0-1, 4.38 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 1-1, 6.52 ERA) vs. Mariners (Joel Pineiro, 1-1, 5.40 ERA), 1:20 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 2-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Mariners (Jarrod Washburn, 1-1, 6.00 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.