OK, so we know that Josh Beckett won’t pitch Friday night. We don’t know who will, though all signs point to Devern Hansack. Yes, Hansack was scratched from tonight’s game at Pawtucket, which seems to be a dead give-away that he’s Fenway-bound. In fact, he was seen leaving McCoy in civilian clothes before tonight’s game, another pretty good hint.
Now, we also don’t know who will pitch Sunday. Tito was very coy about that. He said it will all make sense once they announce it. Wake was supposed to pitch Sunday, but he’ll know twirl his knuckler in the Bronx on Monday night.
The strong speculation is that Kason Gabbard will get Sunday’s nod. That is his day in Pawtucket anyway. Both of those guys pitched well when the Sox called them up last year, and they were both impressive in Spring Training. So with a nine-game lead in the standings, I don’t think you can go wrong with Hansack and Gabbard.
Ortiz is sick, so Manny will DH tonight. Wily Mo will play left. J.D. will be in right.
Anyway, I have to start writing, so I’ll add to this entry later in the day when I have more time.