Francona announces Red Sox rotation
After keeping quiet for a couple days, manager Terry Francona has announced the Red Sox rotation for the rest of the week. After Clay Buchholz on Monday and Jon Lester on Tuesday, Josh Beckett is to pitch Wednesday, John Lackey on Thursday and Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday.
On Dice-K, Francona said: “We were trying to buy him a couple days. He says he doesn’t need it, I think when somebody comes out like that we’d like to make sure they’re OK.”
On Beckett: “We leaned on Beckett pretty hard there a couple games and we don’t have days off coming up. So, not just because of the way he’s pitching, because he’s pitching great, just wanted to try to get everybody situated where they all feel as good about themselves as they can physically. Just to give him that day I think was important.”
Beckett is not hurt, Francona said.
— Evan Drellich