Beckett for Openers; Frandsen, Schoeneweis on board
Josh Beckett will get the ball on Opening Night (April 4), when the Red Sox open the 2010 season against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Jon Lester will pitch the second game of that series two days later, while John Lackey draws the finale on April 7, making his first start in a Boston uniform.
Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will pitch the season’s fourth game, on April 9 at Kansas City. Beckett will pitch the second game of that series and Clay Buchholz, Boston’s No. 5 starter to open the season, will pitch the finale of that three-game set against the Royals. Lester will slide in again after that, and the pitchers will stay in their regular order from there.
In other news, the Sox have made a depth move, acquiring utilityman Kevin Frandsen in a trade with the Giants. The Sox will send a player to be named or cash. Frandsen, a close friend of Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, will report to camp on Saturday.
And there was another transaction recorded by busy general manager Theo Epstein shortly thereafter, as veteran lefty Scott Schoenewis agreed to terms on a Minor League deal that included an invite to camp. The Red Sox signed Alan Embree last week, and released Brian Shouse this morning. The battle is on for the final spots in the Boston bullpen.
For what it’s worth, Schoenweis has thrived at Fenway in his career, holding opponents to a .168 average and 2.59 ERA. He is the cousin of Red Sox special advisor Jeremy Kapstein.