Tampa Bay (7-12) at Boston (14-6)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Apr 29, 2004
  • TV: FSFL, NESN
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The Boston Red Sox are counting on Byung-Hyun Kim to be their fifth starter.

The Korean right-hander will make his first start of the year in the opener of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Fenway Park.

Boston shifted its rotation to give Kim his first start after Tuesday’s series opener was postponed by rain.

Kim, recovering from a right shoulder strain sustained during spring training, made his third rehabilitation start Saturday. He began the spring as the leading contender for the fifth starter’s spot after he made all but five of his 49 appearances out of the Boston bullpen last year.

In Kim’s absence, Bronson Arroyo made three starts, including two solid outings against the New York Yankees. Arroyo is scheduled to start Friday night at Texas, but is expected to become a long reliever thereafter.

On Saturday, Kim pitched four scoreless innings for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing two hits and one walk with two strikeouts. He did not allow an earned run while scattering six hits over 8 1-3 innings in his three rehabilitation outings.

Kim will be matched up against Tampa Bay right-hander Victor Zambrano, who has paced the Devil Rays’ staff with a 3-1 mark and a 3.73 ERA in five starts.

Both pitchers will be hard-pressed to match Curt Schilling’s performance on Wednesday.

Schilling struck out eight, walked none and allowed five hits over 7 1-3 innings in Boston’s 6-0 win over Tampa Bay.

“I think that was his best game,” said Boston catcher Jason Varitek, who hit a two-run homer and an RBI single.

Tampa Bay regulars Carl Crawford, Tino Martinez and Jose Cruz went a combined 0-for-10 against Schilling. Martinez is 1-for-11 with six strikeouts over his last three games.

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