By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Right-hander Josh Beckett, who was scratched from his start Tuesday against the Padres because of illness, is expected to pitch Saturday in Pittsburgh, depending on his health. Alfredo Aceves started in Beckett's place Tuesday.
After Aceves the rotation should be John Lackey Wednesday afternoon in the series finale against the Padres, Jon Lester in the first game in Pittsburgh on Friday, followed by Beckett on Saturday, Tim Wakefield on Sunday, and Andrew Miller in the first game in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
I think it was necessary to scratch Beckett Tuesday, said manager Terry Francona. He doesnt look that good. What were hoping is that tentatively hes going to pitch Saturday.
"Pitching Beckett Saturday will allow him to have a side day and a relatively normal week as opposed to just the first day he feels good, getting him out there to pitch. Let him get his legs back under him.
I dont think wed ever do anything different . . . taking care of pitchers and giving them an extra couple of days. I think wed always do that, but its certainly a lot easier . . . Aceves, Wake, now Andrew Miller, they have really done a good job filling in. We have never burned our bullpen with these guys filling in, which is a real complement to them.
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