"It ends up being a great day," Sox manager Terry Francona said. "You're one pitch away from saying, 'Well, we battled and we kept coming back' ... But we did some good things. Manny swung the bat, and I said before the game that when he started hitting, he'd hit doubles but you have to take the wall into account. He hit two lasers. That's a good sign."
Boston was 13-6 last year against Tampa Bay, the most wins against any opponent. The Devil Rays have started well this season, winning seven of their first 13 games under first-year skipper Joe Maddon.
BOS: RHP Matt Clement (1-1, 9.00 ERA)
Clement will try to forget his last outing when he makes his third start of the season. Last Thursday, the right-hander allowed his fifth career grand slam, and first since 2000, to Vernon Wells in a six-run second inning, and absorbed his first loss of the season. Clement gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in just four-plus innings. Clement's chances for getting back on track are good, as he is 3-0 with a 2.53 ERA lifetime against the Devil Rays.
TB: LHP Casey Fossum (0-0, 6.94 ERA)
Fossum fought wildness for his second consecutive outing while getting a no-decision Wednesday night against the Orioles. The left-hander has a 1-2 career record against the Red Sox with a 4.15 ERA. Lifetime at Fenway Park, Fossum is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA in 43 games. Look for him to show his "Fossum Floater," which he threw twice to get strike one against O's hitters, reaching speeds of 47 and 59 mph.
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David Ortiz now has five homers throught the first seven games of the homestand. His two homers Monday helped him snap out of a 1-for-11 skid in which he had been held without a extra-base hit or RBI in the first three games of the Mariners series.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 3-0, 1.64 ERA) vs. Devil Rays (RHP Doug Waechter, 0-0, 3.72 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 1-2, 4.34 ERA) vs. Devil Rays (LHP Scott Kazmir, 1-1, 4.82 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 3-0, 1.29 ERA) at Blue Jays (RHP A.J. Burnett, 0-1, 6.00 ERA), 7:07 p.m. ET