He had measured success in his last go-round with the Rays at Fenway, allowing just two hits and one run over seven innings.
The Rays' starter, Andy Sonnanstine, hasn't won in nine tries, but took a step forward during his last start, snapping an eight-game skid with a victory at Boston. The righty held the Red Sox to three runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.
It was a refreshing change for the rookie, who had strayed lately from his original, successful game plan of using his fastball to set up his offspeed pitches, and been caught up to several times as a result.
BOS: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
He has a 5.40 career ERA on turf.
TB: RHP Andy Sonnanstine (2-8, 6.17 ERA)
He's held righties to .251 hitting, while left-handers are hitting .331 against him.
Player to watch
Jason Varitek is 2-for-3 in his career against Sonnanstine, with a home run and two RBIs.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 13-9, 3.79) at Devil Rays (Edwin Jackson, 3-12, 5.69), 7:10 p.m. ET
Thursday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 15-5, 3.15) at White Sox (John Danks, 6-11, 5.30), 8:11 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 7-5, 4.25) at White Sox (Jon Garland, 8-9, 4.84), 8:11 p.m. ET