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06/20/10 8:36 PM ET

Red Sox, Rockies reunite after hot stretches

It's been three years since the Red Sox and Rockies met in Interleague Play, but the clubs also are familiar with each other after facing off in the 2007 World Series, which was won by the Red Sox in four games.

Fast forward three years, and they meet again in a three-game set at Coors Field that begins on Tuesday.

Both teams enter having been red-hot recently, as the Rockies have won six of their past nine and the Red Sox have won six straight and eight of their past nine entering.

The Red Sox have been getting it done offensively over that stretch and will look to keep it going Tuesday against Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, while the Red Sox will start left-hander Jon Lester.

Lester has been solid this season with an 8-2 record and 3.13 ERA and is coming off a typical start for him on Wednesday, when he allowed just two runs over seven innings against the D-backs.

But he did suffer from some command problems in that start, as he walked three and hit two more. Red Sox manager Terry Francona, however, was impressed Lester was able to overcome issues with his control and turn out another impressive outing.

"He executed, and that's a big part of the game," Francona said. "That was huge. He made pitches, he just didn't repeat them all night long. But he made them when he needed to."

Chacin, meanwhile, has filled in nicely in his first full year with the Rockies with a 4.00 ERA in 10 appearances, including nine starts. But he's been saddled with a 3-6 record and has struggled at Coors Field, where he has gone 1-3 with a 6.17 ERA.

Chacin was solid against the Twins on Wednesday when he allowed two runs over five innings, but he still was pegged with the loss, as the Rockies fell, 2-1.

Red Sox: Drew questionable
Boston is hoping right fielder J.D. Drew will return to the lineup in time for Tuesday after battling with a sore right hamstring he suffered on Friday, when he caught a line drive hit by the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez.

"It was just a little tight before the game [Friday]," said Drew. "Been a little tight, but nothing major. Just one of those plays where it was kind of a perfect-storm scenario. I had to lean in, the leg came forward and the hamstring grabbed really good. I don't think I've done an extreme amount of damage."

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in each of his last 10 games, batting .500 (20-for-40) with 12 runs, four doubles, one home run and eight RBIs in that span. It is his longest hitting streak since a 16-gamer from Sept. 7-24, 2009.

Rockies: Street could return for opener
Colorado will also be hoping for one of its key players to return on Tuesday as well, with closer Huston Street eying an activation in time for the series opener. Street allowed three hits and three runs in 1 1/3 innings on Saturday in his last rehab outing with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

"Health-wise, completely healthy," Street said. "Velocity-wise, 90-93. Slider, there. Changeup, there. It's not obviously the way you want to finish, but in a weird way, I felt like I executed."

Worth noting
Not including their matchup in the World Series, the Rockies are 5-4 against the Red Sox in Interleague Play. ... Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was scratched from his last scheduled start against the Phillies because of a right forearm strain and was placed on the disabled list, will make his return to the starting rotation Thursday against the Rockies.

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