The Sox won the first two games of this series but lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Fausto Carmona on Wednesday.
Kason Gabbard takes the mound for the Sox in this one. He's been dominant in his last two starts, giving up just one run over 16 innings.
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (4-0, 2.97 ERA)
Gabbard's July is providing a serious lift to his team. On Saturday against the White Sox, Gabbard allowed one run and two hits in seven innings. In July he is 3-0 with a 1.92 ERA, with 11 hits allowed in his past 28 innings. On Thursday at Cleveland, nevertheless, he will be seeking the first road win of his career after becoming the third pitcher in franchise history to win his first five home starts. He has found it tougher away from home, going 0-3 in eight road appearances.
CLE: LHP Cliff Lee (5-7, 5.95 ERA)
Lee was hit hard again on Saturday in Texas, giving up seven runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to lose his third consecutive start. In going 0-3 since July 6, he has allowed 19 earned runs in his past 16 innings (10.69 ERA). Lee already lost to Boston once this year, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings of a 5-3 defeat on May 28 at Fenway Park. In six career starts against the Red Sox, Lee is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA and has held Boston hitters to a .235 batting average.
Player to watch
Wily Mo Pena has homered twice in seven at-bats against Lee.
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Friday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 11-9, 4.74) at Devil Rays (Jason Hammel, 1-0, 5.82), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (Jon Lester, 1-0, 3.00) at Devil Rays (James Shields, 8-6, 4.44), 7:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 12-7, 3.79) at Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 7-7, 4.02), 1:40 p.m. ET