Chris Young, one of the most underrated pitchers in the National League, will take the ball for the Padres after appealing his five-game suspension.
"They've got a very good pitching staff," said Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. "We have to pitch the ball well. I don't see a lot of runs with either team the way both teams can potentially pitch."
The Red Sox, who have given up just one run over the last 28 innings, are a season-high 22 games above .500.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (7-7, 4.18 ERA)
The knuckleballer pulled his record up to .500 by beating the Giants in his last start. Wakefield didn't have his best stuff in that one, giving up eight hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings. In four June starts, Wakefield is 2-2 with a 6.38 ERA. Wakefield is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA lifetime in three starts against the Padres.
SD: RHP Chris Young (6-3, 2.26 ERA)
Players to watch
Young was working on another gem on Saturday in his previous start, opening the game with three scoreless and hitless innings before plunking Derrek Lee with a pitch to start the fourth frame. On his way to first base, Lee took a swing at Young and the benches cleared. Both players were ejected. Up until that point, Young had walked two and struck out two.
Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez is 2-for-4 lifetime against Young with a homer and four RBIs.
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Sunday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 10-1, 3.14) at Padres (Jake Peavy, 9-1, 1.98), 4:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 5-4, 4.50) at Mariners (Jeff Weaver, 1-6, 8.56), 10:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (TBD) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 4-4, 4.00), 10:05 p.m. ET