Rays at Red Sox
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH James Shields (15-10, 2.70)
RH Josh Beckett (12-5, 2.49)
Watch for ...
Big Game James: Shields faces the Sox for the fifth time this season after working 8 1/3 innings against them Sunday. He is 1-8 with a 6.99 ERA in nine Fenway starts.
No Joshing: Beckett returns after missing his last start due to a sprained right ankle. Beckett hasn't allowed an earned run in 17 innings vs. the Rays this year and is 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA overall.
Rays vs. Beckett
Johnny Damon 14-for-55, 2 HRs
Evan Longoria 10-for-35, HR
Ben Zobrist 1-for-16
Red Sox vs. Shields
David Ortiz 14-for-49, 3 HRs
Dustin Pedroia 14-for-48, 2 HRs
Marco Scutaro 15-for-58, 2 HRs
Saturday: at Red Sox, 4:10. Ch. 13. Rays — Jeff Niemann (10-7, 3.97); Red Sox — Jon Lester (15-7, 3.07)
Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.34); Red Sox — Tim Wakefield (7-6, 5.13)
Quote of the day
"Everyone was a little anxious to see him in the game."
Jim Hickey, Rays pitching coach, on the communications mixup that had LHP Matt Moore leave the bullpen prematurely Wednesday night
'Honor' of the day
RHP Kyle Farnsworth finished a pedestrian 12th in Sports Illustrated's poll of players about who is the "meanest" big-leaguer. White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski was No. 1. Phillies 2B Chase Utley was second.
Numbers of the day
Degrees at first pitch Thursday in Boston.
Batting average for Red Sox vs. Rays.