Clement set to face rookie in series finale

Red Sox bank on Clement to take the finale

The Red Sox will not be able to capitalize on familiarity as a recipe for success on Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of this three-game series against the Tigers.

Boston will be facing right-hander Zach Miner, who is making his Major League debut.

"Well, it will probably work out best for me, because I don't like to know what the pitcher throws anyway," said Red Sox leadoff man Coco Crisp. "I'll just approach it like any other day. See the ball, hit the ball. I'll figure out what his fastball does and after that, just play the game."

As with anyone making their Major League debut, it's hard to go into the game with expectations.

"We'll see how it goes," said Crisp. "You never know. He might come out with similar stuff that [Jeremy] Bonderman had [on Saturday]. Or he might come out and be nervous. We'll see how it all works out."

The Red Sox counter with struggling right-hander Matt Clement, who has given up 14 runs over his last two starts.

"I've worked hard, I've been working to get myself where I want to be," said Clement. "Hopefully, the work that I've done, hopefully I can take it on the mound and show it."

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Matt Clement (4-4, 6.91 ERA)
Clement is going through a bit of a rough stretch at the moment. He gave up eight runs to the Yankees in a four-inning outing on May 24, then allowed six runs to Toronto five days later, getting the hook after just 3 1/3 innings -- his shortest start of the season to date. The eight-year veteran -- a National Leaguer until 2005 -- has never faced the Tigers.

DET: RHP Zach Miner (6-0, 2.82 ERA in Triple-A Toledo)
Miner will make his Major League debut in Mike Maroth's old spot after the Tigers moved Roman Colon back to the bullpen. Acquired last summer in the Kyle Farnsworth trade, Miner struck out 40 batters in 51 innings in Toledo.

Player to watch
David Ortiz is 0-for-6 in the series and his average is down to .259. This can only mean that he's ready to get hot.

On the Internet
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On radio
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Up next
• Monday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 7-2, 4.46) at Yankees (RHP Mike Mussina, 7-1, 2.42), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Red Sox (RHP David Pauley, 0-0, 12.46) at Yankees (RHP Chien-Ming Wang, 5-2, 4.82), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP, Curt Schilling, 8-2, 3.86) at Yankees (RHP Jaret Wright, 3-3, 4.12), 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.