Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he sees more swagger in Beckett.
"He's got that cocky [attitude], which I like," Francona said. "He didn't have that last year. When you say something to him, you're going to get something [witty] back. If he loses his next game, it's not going to change what kind of pitcher he is."
Left fielder Manny Ramirez, who is hot, and shortstop Julio Lugo, who isn't, are expected to be back in the lineup after Francona gave them Sunday off in Minnesota. The Sox have won nine of 12 on the road, with their pitching staff compiling a 2.31 ERA in that span.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (6-0, 2.72)
Boston's ace in the early part of the season, Beckett will try to make it seven victories in as many starts. This is Beckett's first appearance this season against Toronto. He struggled against the Jays last year, going 1-2 with a 6.21 ERA in five starts. This will be Beckett's third start on the road, where he is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .219 against him this season, and he has limited the long ball. After allowing 36 homers last year, Beckett has given up one so far.
TOR: RHP Victor Zambrano (0-1, 5.63)
Manager John Gibbons said on Friday that Zambrano would likely take the mound on Tuesday. "We're trying to build him up," Gibbons said. Zambrano got his first start of the season May 2 at Cleveland, in which he lasted only 2 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out one. He threw 65 pitches. Zambrano has made six appearances this season out of the bullpen.
Player to watch
After a .188 start, Ramirez is starting to heat up. He brings a six-game hitting streak, in which he is 11-for-25 (.440) with three homers and six RBIs.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 3-2, 5.45) at Blue Jays (TBA), 7:07 p.m. ET
Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 3-3, 2.11) at Blue Jays (RHP Roy Halladay, 4-1, 3.59), 7:07 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (TBA) at Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 1-3, 6.48), 7:05 p.m. ET
Pat Borzi is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.