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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Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to discuss another poor outing by Eduardo Rodriguez and what other options the Red Sox have at pitcher.

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 13-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays: 



"The bottom line is, he's capable of more, we're capable of more. We need to get better and we had a chance to share that after the game here tonight. We collectively have to get better.'' - John Farrell on Eduardo Rodriguez and the rest of the Red Sox.

"We can't continue to expect our offense to climb out of holes, as we've been. We've got to set the tone and lead the way from the mound more than we are.'' - Farrell on falling behind early.

"Yeah, I think guys are playing hard. I mean, hell, our shortstop ran a 3.9 down the line in the ninth inning, down seven runs - then went first-to-third. So, yeah, that was pretty cool.'' - Dustin Pedroia, asked whether he was satisfied with the effort of the club.

"Do you honestly think I'm going to tell you that? I was talking to him about baseball. That's basically it. I talk to all my teammates every day.'' - Pedroia, when asked what he said in a mound visit with Rodriguez.



* The 13 runs allowed by the Red Sox tied a season-high and the 18 hits were the most they've given up this season.

* The Red Sox have been outscored 22-0 in the first innings of their last 15 games.

* The Sox dropped to 4 1/2 games back in the American League East, their biggest deficit of the season.

* On the current road trip, Red Sox starters have combined for a 13.20 ERA.

* Boston has allowed first-inning runs in six of their last eight games.

* David Ortiz collected his 1,703rd RBI, passing Reggie Jackson and moving into 24th place all-time.

* Sandy Leon (two-run homer) has five extra-base hits in 29 at-bats this season. Last year, he had two in 114 at-bats.

* Bryce Brentz had his first three-hit game, first multi-RBI game and first multi-extra-base hit game of his career.



1) Nick Franklin

Franklin, making just his second start of the season, had a career-high five RBI with three hits, including his first homer since last Sept. 15.

2) Logan Forsythe

From the leadoff position, Forsythe banged out three hits, knocked in three runs and scored two to pace the Tampa Bay offense.

3) Evan Longoria

It wouldn't be a series between these two teams without Longoria doing some major damage. The veteran third baseman had three hits and two runs scored as part of the conga line that was the Rays lineup.