One month and two days ago, an infield single was the only thing that kept Josh Beckett from becoming the 19th man to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
Tonight, though, after nine days off and a bunch of worrying about a tweaked knee, we'll be happy for a quality start and a win.
(Hooray for antiquated statistics!)
The latter of those two might not be the hardest thing in the world. The Red Sox are pretty good at hitting the ball, after all, and they've got a pretty typical lineup ready to go.
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- David Ortiz, DH
- J.D. Drew, RF
- Josh Reddick, LF
- Jason Varitek, C
- Marco Scutaro, SS
|2011 - Josh Beckett||8-3||17||17||1||1||0||0||111.0||72||28||28||7||33||94||2.27||.95|
|2011 - Jeff Niemann||4-4||10||10||0||0||0||0||53.2||62||30||27||7||14||33||4.53||1.42|