Josh Beckett is back, and for that we must all be thankful.
If there's one thing that the recent string of terrible play can be connected to, it was the weakness of the rotation. If there's any man who can bring them back on his own, it's Josh Beckett of the 2.49 ERA and 17 scoreless innings of domination against the Rays.
He'll have to make do with a less-than-full lineup, however. Kevin Youkilis isn't feeling terribly well, and won't be playing tonight or tomorrow. Of course, the way he's played with those injuries, having Mike Aviles at third might not be the worst thing in the world.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Desmond Jennings - LF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||B.J. Upton - CF|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|David Ortiz - DH||Casey Kotchman - 1B|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Johnny Damon - DH|
|Marco Scutaro - SS||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Carl Crawford - LF||Matt Joyce - RF|
|Jason Varitek - C||John Jaso - C|
|Mike Aviles - 3B||Reid Brignac - SS|
#19 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox
May 15, 1980
|2011 - Josh Beckett||12-5||27||27||1||1||0||0||173.2||125||50||48||16||46||155||2.49||.98|
#33 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays
Dec 20, 1981
|2011 - James Shields||15-10||30||30||11||4||0||0||226.1||176||73||68||23||57||210||2.70||1.03|
Save us, Beckett! Go Sox!