"We don't need to worry about 22 games down the road," said manager Terry Francona. "We just need to show up [on Tuesday] and beat them again."
Slowly but surely, the Red Sox are getting healthy again. They got Alex Gonzalez and Wily Mo Pena back on Sunday, followed by Manny Ramirez, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek in Monday's game.
"It effects the whole flow of the game," said third baseman Mike Lowell. "It was a good flow [on Monday night]. We haven't had that in a long time."
CWS: RHP Javier Vazquez (11-8, 4.98 ERA)
Vazquez pitched well in his last outing, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks. He was in trouble much of the day, but held Devil Rays hitters to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. He was in line for his first win since Aug. 10, but the White Sox let a one-run lead get away in the eighth inning.
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (0-3, 6.35 ERA)
Gabbard will make his third start of the season. The rookie left-hander suffered a loss in his last outing, against the A's, giving up six hits and five runs over 3 1/3 innings. This will be his first career appearance at Fenway Park.
Player to watch
Second baseman Mark Loretta has performed well against Vazquez in his career, going 11-for-32. Doug Mirabelli, who will likely sub for Jason Varitek, is 4-for-9 off Vazquez with two homers.
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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 Kevin Jarvis, 0-2, 9.37) vs. Royals (LHP Odalis Perez, 5-7, 6.43), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 14-10, 5.11) vs. Royals (LHP Mark Redman, 9-8, 5.26), 7:05 p.m. ET