"That's some tough starting pitching I've faced," he said. "It makes the competition better."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that the matchups have contributed to Tavarez's overall numbers this season.
"His ERA is a little deceiving," Francona said. "He's matched up with some really good pitchers. But more often than not, he's given us a chance to win the game."
Then again, equally deceiving could be Mussina's numbers, as he's posted a 2-2 record and a 5.64 ERA in five games to start his injury-slowed season.
It will be Mussina's first start against Boston this season, the 51st time he's faced the Red Sox in his career.
BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (2-4, 5.59 ERA)
Tavarez worked a season-high seven innings against the Tigers on Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits. In his only start against the Yankees this season, Tavarez picked up the win as the Red Sox rolled to a 7-4 victory in the Bronx on April 29.
NYY: RHP Mike Mussina (2-2, 5.64 ERA)
Player to watch
Mussina looks to rebound after dropping a 5-3 decision in the first game of a doubleheader in his last outing against the White Sox. The right-hander owns a career 19-14 record with a 3.47 ERA in 50 games against the Red Sox.
Yankees right fielder Bobby Abreu has hit Tavarez hard throughout his career, posting an .808 slugging percentage with three home runs, three doubles and eight RBIs in 26 at-bats.
On the Internet
Official game notes
WRKO 680, WROL (Español)
Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 4-1, 3.57) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 2-3, 2.83), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 6-2, 4.06) at Rangers (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 4-4, 5.82), 8:05 p.m. ET