With David Wells on the disabled list because of his sore right knee, the Red Sox will turn to a 22-year-old rookie to fill the veteran's place in the rotation.
Right-hander David Pauley makes his Major League debut against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Pauley, who was drafted by San Diego in the eighth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, landed with the Red Sox as part of the package that sent outfielder Dave Roberts to the Padres on Dec. 20, 2004. In six Minor League seasons, Pauley is 35-39 with a 3.78 ERA and 511 strikeouts.
It is too early to tell if this start is just a cup of coffee or the beginning of a longer stint. Wells, who was injured on May 26, when he took a Travis Lee line drive to his surgically repaired knee, will be eligible to come off the disabled list on June 11.
The Red Sox will face left-hander Ted Lilly, whose last start against Boston, on April 13, was arguably his best of the season. On that day, Lilly allowed one run and fanned 10 in seven innings, leading Toronto to an 8-6 victory and picking up the first of his four wins.
Boston heads into the finale of this three-game set looking to avoid a sweep. The series bears a resemblance to the last time the Red Sox suffered a regular-season sweep. That also occurred at the hands of the Blue Jays, on May 24-26, 2005, at the Rogers Centre.
BOS: RHP David Pauley (Major League debut)
Pauley's 156 innings in 2005 represented the second-highest total in Boston's Minor League system.
TOR: LHP Ted Lilly (5-4, 4.00 ERA)
In 17 career appearances against the Red Sox, Lilly is 5-3, with a 3.57 ERA.
Player to watch
Jason Varitek is only hitting .240 for the season, but he has fared well against Lilly in his career. Varitek has hit .357 (10-for-28) with a homer and two RBIs against the Toronto left-hander.
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Official game notes
Friday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 8-2, 3.93) at Tigers (LHP Kenny Rogers, 7-3, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 4-6, 4.07) at Tigers (RHP Jeremy Bonderman, 5-4, 4.61), 7:05 p.m. ET
Mark Polishuk is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.