The Red Sox aim to end the first half with a bang after spending 80 of 91 days this year in first place in the American League East.
Meanwhile, Boston's Jason Johnson is searching for his first win in more than a month, having gone 0-5 in five June starts. The right-hander last won a start May 28 after shutting out Detroit through six innings with Cleveland before he was designated for assignment and picked up by the Red Sox on June 23. In his first and only start for Boston so far, he took the loss after working just four innings while surrendering five runs on six hits against the Marlins on Sunday.
He's 5-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 14 career appearances against the Rays.
Johnson will face off against Rays righty Tim Corcoran, who is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA since being promoted from Triple-A Durham on June 14, and holds a 0.75 ERA in his last two starts. He's appeared in two career games against Boston, allowing six total runs for a 7.71 ERA. Following the conclusion of the four-game series with the Rays, the Red Sox will finish out the first half with three games against the world champion White Sox.
BOS: RHP Jason Johnson (3-9, 6.22 ERA)
Opponents hit just .270 against Johnson in July.
TB: RHP Tim Corcoran (2-0, 1.17 ERA)
He is holding righties to a .171 batting average.
Player to watch
Alex Cora is hitting .667 (2-for-3) lifetime against Corcoran, with three RBIs.
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Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 6-8, 3.90) at Devil Rays (RHP James Shields, 4-1, 4.39), 7:15 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (LHP Jon Lester, 3-0, 3.08) at White Sox (LHP Mark Buerhle, 9-5, 3.86), 8:35 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 10-4, 4.59) at White Sox (RHP Freddy Garcia, 10-5, 4.72) 1:20 p.m. ET
Dawn Klemish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.