Johnson gets the call against Indians

Johnson gets the call against Indians

Down to the last two months of the regular season, the Red Sox cannot afford to lose five out of nine games as they did to end July. With the trade deadline coming and going without a major move from general manager Theo Epstein, the Red Sox know who they will be working with the rest of the way.

The Red Sox will hope to start the month of August much better than they ended the month of July, as Jason Johnson is called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to face southpaw C.C. Sabathia and Johnson's former team, the Indians, on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

"I think this pennant race and the Wild Card race is going to be as good as it's been," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "If you look at the teams involved, I don't think there's any team so good that's going to run away, and I don't think any team is so bad that they're going to fall out of it."

Johnson will take the place of Kyle Snyder, who was originally slated to make the start for the Red Sox. However, Snyder was called upon in the fifth inning of Monday night's game to relieve David Wells, who struggled mightily in his first appearance to the mound since May 26.

Johnson was acquired by the Red Sox on June 21 from the Indians but made only two disappointing outings before being sent down to the Minors. Johnson allowed 10 runs and 13 hits in eight innings, getting the loss in both starts. His last start for the Red Sox was on July 5.

However, in three Triple-A starts, Johnson is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA, including one shutout.

He is 0-4 with a 5.97 ERA against the Indians in his career and 4-4 with a 5.58 ERA in his career at Fenway. This will be his first start in Boston as a member of the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 2-2 against the Indians this season.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Jason Johnson (3-10, 6.35)
Johnson will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to face his former team after Kyle Snyder, Tuesday's original starter, was used in relief on Monday.

CLE: LHP C.C. Sabathia (7-7, 3.82 ERA)
Sabathia came out on the wrong end of a pitchers' duel with Justin Verlander in his last start, against the Tigers on Wednesday. Though Sabathia made it through the first five innings unharmed, he gave up a three spot in the sixth and was sent spiraling toward his third straight loss. Sabathia gave up four runs on nine hits over seven innings. He hasn't won a game since posting a shutout of the Orioles on July 7.

Player to watch
Manny Ramirez is riding a team-high 16-game hitting streak and is batting .571 (8-for-14) with four home runs and seven RBIs in his career against Sabathia.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Up next
• Wednesday: Red Sox (LHP Jon Lester, 5-1, 3.49) vs. Indians (LHP Jeremy Sowers, 3-3, 3.98), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 13-5, 4.76) vs. Indians (RHP Jake Westbrook, 7-7, 4.31), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 13-4, 3.84) at Devil Rays (RHP James Shields, 4-5, 5.43), 7:15 p.m. ET

Howard Kussoy is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.