Redsox.com's analysis of the pitching match up:
CWS: RHP Javier Vazquez (11-8, 4.98 ERA)
Vazquez pitched well in his last outing, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks. He was in trouble much of the day, but held Rays hitters to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. He was in line for his first win since Aug. 10, but the White Sox let a one-run lead get away in the eighth inning.
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (0-3, 6.35 ERA)
Gabbard will make his third start of the season. The rookie left-hander suffered a loss in his last outing, against the A's, giving up six hits and five runs over 3 1/3 innings. This will be his first career appearance at Fenway Park.
- Dougie may go deep tonight! In his career, Mirabelli is 4 for 9 against Vasquez. He has not faced him this season.
- According to Francona, Papi's return to the line-up may be this evening, provided he receives medical clearance.
- Mark Loretta is 11 for 32 in his career against Vazquez.
- Vazquez pitched in relief against Boston at Cellular Field on July9:
No Decision 5.07ERA 1.2IP 1H 2K 2BB
- Vazquez threw 38 pitches, 17 for strikes. Gonzales hit a double and Loretta was hit by a pitch during the outing.
- Vazquez has given up 18 home runs this year.
- Gabbard seeks his first ML win this evening in his Fenway debut.
- In the month of August, Gabbard pitched a total of 6.0 innings with a 9.0ERA.
- In the past 7 games, the Red Sox have two batters hitting .300 or better. Lowell (.346) and Kapler (.385 playing in six of the seven games)
- In the past 7 games, the White Sox have three batters hitting .300 or better. Crede (.400), Dye (.333) and Iguchi (.346)
- In his return to the line-up last night, Manny had one hit and 2 walks.