Boston has won six of the seven ballgames between the two clubs this season, and goes for the rare four-game sweep in the series finale on Sunday in Chicago.
The good news for the White Sox is that they have their top pitcher in recent weeks, Javier Vazquez, taking the mound.
Vazquez is trying to become the only pitcher in the Major Leagues to record at least 10 wins, 30 starts and 150 strikeouts for the seventh straight season. He needs five more starts and three more strikeouts to extend the streak.
CWS: RHP Javier Vazquez (11-6, 3.66 ERA)
Vazquez did not have his top-notch stuff in his last trip to the mound, but came out on the winning side of things nonetheless, throwing six innings, while allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. Vazquez is 7-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last 12 starts. He took a win against Boston earlier this season, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up two earned runs. Vazquez is 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA lifetime against the Red Sox.
BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (6-9, 5.01 ERA)
Tavarez is back in the rotation and making his second straight start after Jon Lester was optioned to Double-A Portland on Thursday. The veteran right-hander started the year in the rotation, but was moved to the bullpen in mid-July. He has not faced the White Sox since Sept. 4, 2006, and is 0-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three career starts against the South Siders.
Player to watch
A.J. Pierzynski seems due for a hit against Tavarez. The White Sox catcher is 0-for-9 in his career against the Boston starter.
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Official game notes
Monday: White Sox (Jose Contreras, 6-16, 6.18) vs. Devil Rays (Edwin Jackson, 4-12, 5.49), 1:05 p.m. CT
Tuesday: White Sox (Gavin Floyd, 1-2, 7.36) at Rangers (Kason Gabbard, 6-1, 3.65), 7:35 p.m. CT
Wednesday: White Sox (Jon Garland, 8-10, 4.90) at Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 8-11, 5.31), 7:35 p.m. CT