The Red Sox should have a semi-healthy starting lineup for the first time in weeks. Alex Gonzalez and Wily Mo Pena returned on Sunday. Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek will be back in there Monday, and there's also a chance that superstar slugger Manny Ramirez will be back in the cleanup spot for the first time since Aug. 26.
"We haven't given up," said Tavarez. "This is baseball. There's no tricks in baseball. We're 6 1/2 [games] away from the Wild Card. I believe we can show everybody that we can do it. This is baseball. Things could change tomorrow."
The Red Sox will face a tough opponent in the defending World Series champion White Sox, who send red-hot righty Jon Garland to the mound.
One thing Boston hopes to do in this series is generate more offense. In their last 14 games, the Sox are batting .194 and have averaged 1.9 runs per game.
BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (2-4, 4.90 ERA)
On Thursday, Tavarez gave up five hits and three runs over three innings. It was Tavarez's first start of the season and 80th in his career. Tavarez has good history against the White Sox this season, as he fired four innings of shutout relief against them in a 19-inning game on July 9.
CWS: RHP Jon Garland (16-4, 4.47 ERA)
Garland looked like he was going to break his three-start winning streak before the White Sox rallied in the bottom of the eighth to make him baseball's second 16-game winner. He struggled early against the Rays, as his fastball stayed up in the zone. He gave up three runs in the first, but gave Chicago eight innings, a boon to its bullpen.
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The Red Sox would love to get Ramirez back for this one, as he is 8-for-15 lifetime against Garland with two doubles and two homers.
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Tuesday: Red Sox (LHP Kason Gabbard, 0-3, 6.35) vs. White Sox (RHP Javier Vazquez, 11-8, 4.98), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Kyle Snyder, 4-3, 5.94) vs. White Sox (RHP Jose Contreras, 11-7, 4.23), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 14-10, 5.11) vs. Royals (LHP Odalis Perez, 5-7, 6.43), 7:05 p.m. ET