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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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.
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.
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