"It's something I've dreamed of my whole life, to be a starter," said Cormier, who made five starts with Arizona in 2004. "Now, I get a chance to do it again and have some fun out there."
After making 18 appearances out of the bullpen earlier this season, Cormier was sent down to Triple-A Richmond at the end of May when Tyler Yates was called up to Atlanta. Cormier made two starts for Richmond and went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA. He struggled through the second of those starts, throwing 90 pitches and allowing nine hits and five earned runs on June 10.
The Red Sox will counter with Josh Beckett, who has struggled a bit in his first season in the American League. After going 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA for Florida last year, Beckett has an ERA this season that is nearly two runs higher. Most of Beckett's problems have come on the road, where the right-hander has a 7.00 ERA and has allowed 16 home runs in eight starts.
BOS: RHP Josh Beckett (7-3, 5.26 ERA)
Beckett is 4-7 with a 2.59 ERA in 13 career starts against the Braves.
ATL: RHP Lance Cormier (2-1, 6.10 ERA)
Cormier is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in eight relief appearances at Turner Field this season.
Player to watch
Brian McCann is 2-for-5 in his career against Beckett. The 22-year-old catcher is also batting .378 this season in day games.
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Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 9-2, 3.59) at Braves (RHP John Smoltz, 4-5, 3.78), 8:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Blue Jays (LHP Ted Lilly, 6-7, 4.12) at Braves (RHP Jorge Sosa, 1-9, 5.35 ERA), 7:35 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Blue Jays (TBA) at Braves (RHP Tim Hudson, 6-5, 3.88), 7:35 p.m. ET