The defense, especially in the infield, has been close to flawless. At the end of games, Jonathan Papelbon (5-for-5 in save opportunities, 0.00 ERA) has been untouchable.
In Saturday's contest, the Red Sox will try to get a second consecutive strong outing from veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (1-1, 6.52 ERA)
Wakefield bounced back from a rough first outing, producing a victory over the Orioles in his second start. In that one, Wakefield pitched six innings and allowed just one unearned run. This is Wakefield's first start of the year at home, where he went 10-4 last year with a 4.08 ERA in 16 starts. In his career at Fenway, Wakefield is 64-56 with a 4.35 ERA. Against the Mariners, Wakefield is 3-7 with a 4.57 ERA in 22 career outings.
SEA: RHP Joel Pineiro (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
Pineiro was the losing pitcher Sunday against Oakland, allowing six runs (five earned) and 10 hits in seven innings. He was done in by a three-run fifth and a two-run seventh, in which he allowed a two-run homer to Eric Chavez. Pineiro is 2-5 with a 7.71 ERA in eight career games against Boston. He allowed 12 earned runs and 18 hits and was 0-1 in two appearances last season against the Red Sox.
Player to watch
Ramirez is still looking for his first extra-base hit of the season.
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Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 2-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Mariners (LHP Jarrod Washburn, 1-1, 6.00 ERA), 2:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Red Sox (LHP David Wells, 0-1, 15.75 ERA) vs. Mariners (RHP Gil Meche, 1-0, 6.75 ERA), 11:05 a.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (RHP Matt Clement, 1-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. Devil Rays (LHP Casey Fossum, 0-0, 6.94 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET