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White Sox-Red Sox Preview 2008-08-30

White Sox-Red Sox Preview 2008-08-30
An injury to one of their top starters may have forced the Boston Red Sox to adjust their rotation for this weekend's series, but it certainly didn't affect their recent run of success against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

The surging Red Sox, winners of seven of 10 overall, will try to beat the White Sox for a fifth straight time at home on Saturday as the teams continue their three-game series.

Boston (78-56) placed Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list Friday - retroactive to Aug. 18 - due to a strained right elbow. The right-hander had been scheduled to start the opener against Chicago (76-58), but was scratched Thursday in order to visit Dr. James Andrews.

The results of his examination were encouraging, leaving manager Terry Francona hopeful that Beckett could return Sept. 5 in Texas.

Daisuke Matsuzaka started in place of Beckett Friday, and scattered two hits in eight innings of an 8-0 victory over the White Sox. He earned his 16th win, tying Hideo Nomo's single-season record for a Japanese pitcher.

Dustin Pedroia had four hits, while Kevin Youkilis and Jason Bay each drove in three runs for Boston, which opened its six-game homestand by winning for the seventh time in its last nine games at Fenway.

Pedroia is batting .465 (20-for-43) with two homers, five RBIs and 16 runs scored in those nine home games.

"Just another day for Dustin Pedroia," Bay told Boston's official Web site. "I don't think it impresses anybody anymore."

Boston's overall dominance at Fenway - where they play 19 of their remaining 28 games - has certainly been impressive. The AL wild-card leaders boast the third-best home record in the majors (44-18).

Friday's win was the fourth in a row at home for the Red Sox over Chicago.

On Saturday, Boston will give the ball to right-hander Michael Bowden, who will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his major league debut. He was 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA in seven appearances for the minor-league club.

The White Sox, meanwhile, have split the first four contests of their nine-game road trip. Their AL Central lead dwindled to a one-half game over Minnesota after enduring their 10th shutout of the season Friday.

"Any time the offense gets shut down like that, it's not going to look good," first baseman Paul Konerko told the White Sox's official Web site. "It's over, so throw it away and come back ready, because we can still take two of three."

The White Sox have won each of Mark Buehrle's last four starts, with the left-hander going 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA over that span. Buehrle (11-10, 3.86 ERA).didn't receive a decision Sunday, but held Tampa Bay to two earned runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-5, 10-inning home victory.

Buehrle is 3-1 in four career outings at Fenway, though he hasn't pitched there since a 9-8 loss on Aug. 12, 2005.

He is 5-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 12 career appearances versus the Red Sox overall, and limited them to one run and four hits in seven innings of a 5-3 home victory on Aug. 8.

Pedroia is 1-for-7 (.143) lifetime versus Buehrle.

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Added: August 30, 2008

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