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


I am glad that Beckett and Lester are lined up back-to-back, whether it is Beckett-Lester or Lester-Beckett. Hopefully, Buch will have a solid game tonight, and that the BP won’t blow any lead Buch may give us. With only one day off this next month, we’ll need to get all the momentum going we can get. I hope Buch- Lester- Beckett will get the ball rolling, and the offense can rev up more consistently. GO SOX!

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Offense, offense, there won’t be offense until Youk and Crawford start to consistently and timely hit.

Agreed, Andy. Last night was a good start for both of them (Youk and Crawford), and for Papi. Let’s hope they build on it! GO SOX!


WOW! Finally I can post…………but will it stick?

Nice performance by the guys the past couple of games!! Crawford seems to be easing in, Ellsbury hitting and getting on base. Hopeful outlook for the future!!!

I would restore Crawford to where he rightfully belongs in the lineup. Crawford is too good to be a no. 8 hitter. Yes, I know his BA. I love Francona as a person and he is the hardest working manager before the game. It takes a lot of guts to take Lester out with 2-1 lead and 90+ pitches and go to the less than stellar bullpen. Thanks to the offense, the bullpen would have blown another game.

They did! They did! They did!

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