"The biggest thing about our team is we have a lot of depth," said Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis.
The Red Sox have won 19 of their last 25 games. The 35-15 start ties the 1986 squad for second best in club history.
"To be 50 games into a season and be double digits up on anybody is good," said right-hander Curt Schilling. "It has nothing to do with where we will be on Labor Day, but we are a good team."
CLE: LHP Jeremy Sowers (1-4, 6.29 ERA)
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (7-0, 2.66 ERA)
The 27-year-old right-hander still is chasing Roger Clemens' 1986 club record of 14 consecutive wins starting the season, but has never beaten the Indians. In two career starts against Cleveland, Beckett is 0-2 with a 13.97 ERA.
After beginning the season 0-4 with a 7.13 ERA in his first eight starts, Sowers had his best start of the year on Thursday against the Royals. He went seven strong innings and allowed one run on six hits -- all of them singles -- while walking one and striking out one. It was his first victory in 10 starts, dating to Sept. 5.
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Youkilis, who hit an inside-the-park homer Monday night, will try to run his career-long hitting streak to 21 games.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 7-2, 4.43) vs. Indians (Paul Byrd, 5-1, 3.81), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 5-5, 3.36) vs. Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 3-4, 4.13), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 3-4, 5.40) vs. Yankees (Mike Mussina, 2-3, 5.86), 3:55 p.m. ET