Beckett to start Saturday in Pittsburgh


Beckett to start Saturday in Pittsburgh

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
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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Tim Tebow shows solid power, shaky skills in MLB workout


Tim Tebow shows solid power, shaky skills in MLB workout

LOS ANGELES — Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound


Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays lineups: Pedroia returns, Pomeranz on mound

Dustin Pedroia returns to the lineup after missing two games to attend a family funeral as the Red Sox play the middle game of their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Fenway Park.

Pedroia is back at second base, batting leadoff, as the Red Sox look to make it two in a row coming off a 9-4 victory on Monday night.

Brock Holt, who filled in a second in Pedroia’s absence, moves to left field and Bryan Holaday catches left-hander Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 2.95 ERA) for Boston. Pomeranz struck out a career-high 11 in his last start against the Rays, last Thursday in St. Petersburg. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.53) starts for the Rays.

The lineups:


Logan Forsythe 2B

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Brad Miller 1B

Matt Duffy DH

Tim Beckham SS

Scott Souza Jr. RF

Corey Dickerson LF

Luke Maile C

Jake Odorizzi RHP



Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Mookie Betts RF

Hanley Ramirez 1B

Travis Shaw 3B

Brock Holt LF

Bryan Holaday C

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Drew Pomeranz LHP