This is the first time Beckett has made it through an entire season without being shut down by an injury. And he needs just two innings to reach the 200-inning plateau for the first time in his career.
"He's still  years old," manager Terry Francona said. "He's learned a lot -- he's a hard worker. He's managed that blister. He's going to throw 200 innings. That's a nice goal. I think that was one of his goals. I think he's accomplished a lot. I think next year he'd like to have a lower ERA. I think we all would like for that to happen, and I think it will."
Beckett's 2006 finale will come against the Devil Rays in the finale of a two-game series.
The Red Sox, trying to hold on to second place in the American League East, hold a half-game lead on the Blue Jays.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (16-10, 4.82 ERA)
Beckett's last start -- a 6-0 victory over the Twins on Thursday -- was as good as any he's had all season. He went eight innings without allowing a walk and struck out five. Beckett has already reached a career high in wins and is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay this season.
TB: RHP Tim Corcoran (4-9, 4.73 ERA)
Corcoran has not been able to nail down his fifth win since getting off to a 4-0 start this season. The right-hander made one big mistake in his Sept. 18 start against the Orioles, when he surrendered a three-run homer to Corey Patterson en route to his ninth loss of the season. Corcoran's last win came in a relief appearance against the Yankees at Tropicana Field on July 9.
Player to watch
David Ortiz will take aim at home run No. 55 on Wednesday.
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Friday: Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 4-4, 4.52) vs. Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 15-10, 3.67), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 7-11, 4.63) vs. Orioles (LHP Adam Loewen, 6-6, 5.30), 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (TBA) vs. Orioles (TBA), 7:05 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.