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08/13/07 10:50 PM ET

Kazmir takes on the Red Sox

Tampa Bay (45-73) at Boston (71-47), Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET

Scott Kazmir hopes to continue his success against the Red Sox on Tuesday night, when the Devil Rays play the second game of their three-game series at Fenway Park.

The left-hander boasts a 5-3 record and 2.55 ERA in 13 career appearances against the American League East-leading Red Sox.

Kazmir has been on a roll lately, with six consecutive quality starts. His latest came on Thursday, when he hurled six shutout innings in an 8-1 win over the Tigers. Kazmir pitched six scoreless innings against the Red Sox the last time he faced them, picking up a no-decision on July 29 in a 5-2 Rays win.

Boston's Jon Lester has struggled in his last three starts. In his last outing, the left-hander gave up eight hits and walked three, only escaping a loss when the Red Sox were able to tie the game after he'd exited. Lester faced Tampa Bay in his second outing, also a no-decision. This will be his first game at Fenway Park since returning to action after a successful battle with lymphoma.

After finishing with the Red Sox, the Rays will enjoy an off-day before returning to Tropicana Field to begin a homestand against the Indians, Red Sox and A's.

Pitching matchup
TB: LHP Scott Kazmir (9-7, 3.58 ERA)
Kazmir has walked just 12 hitters in his last six starts.

BOS: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 6.43 ERA)
Opposing hitters are batting .329 against Lester.

Players to watch
Jonny Gomes and Josh Paul have each homered off Lester.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WHNZ 1250, WGES 680 (Español)

Up next
• Wednesday: Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 1-8, 6.35) at Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 13-8, 3.59), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Indians (Paul Byrd, 10-5, 4.53) at Devil Rays (Edwin Jackson, 3-11, 5.84), 7:10 p.m. ET

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.