After doing just enough to get by the White Sox the past two nights, the Red Sox go for a three-game sweep behind right-hander Kyle Snyder on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
Though the Red Sox finally have their hitters healthy, they've managed just four runs in the first two games of the series. Thanks to heroic pitching performances by Julian Tavarez and Kason Gabbard, the Red Sox have managed to prevail.
Now, it's Snyder's turn, as he'll try to follow up a brilliant performance from his last turn, when he fired seven innings of shutout ball in a win over the Blue Jays.
The Red Sox are 4-2 in the first six games of this 10-game homestand. They still have an uphill climb to earn a postseason berth, as Boston trails the Yankees by eight games in the American League East, and the Twins by six in the Wild Card standings.
BOS: RHP Kyle Snyder (4-3, 5.94 ERA)
The right-hander is coming off one of the best outings of his career, as he fired seven innings of shutout baseball in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday. Snyder has made 13 appearances for the Red Sox, seven of which have been starts. He's 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in nine outings at Fenway.
CWS: RHP Jose Contreras (11-7, 4.23 ERA)
The big right-hander suffered his third straight loss and fourth in five decisions, but Contreras deserved a better fate Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. He allowed seven runs on seven hits over five innings but only two of those runs were earned. Contreras has a no-decision in his one start against Boston in 2006, but his struggles at Fenway Park have been well-documented -- albeit primarily as part of the Yankees staff. Contreras is 2-4 lifetime against Boston with a 10.36 ERA, but has a 1-3 record at Fenway with a 13.50 ERA.
Player to watch
Center fielder Coco Crisp has had good success against Contreras, going 5-for-15.
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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
Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 2-4, 4.72) vs. Royals (RHP Luke Hudson, 7-5, 5.21), 2:05 p.m. ET
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.