There are few pitchers in Major League Baseball who are identified by hot streaks more than Josh Beckett.
 



Tuesday and Wednesday are arguably the most significant days of the baseball calendar for the Red Sox, and it has nothing to do with the presence of the Yankees. Today is all about the Major League Baseball Rule 4 draft, when the Sox will begin selecting the next 50 players who they hope will help to improve the team’s long-term fortunes.



So, when next week rolls around, what will the Red Sox' rotation look like?

Sunday allowed for more questions than answers.



Is David Ortiz really 33?

The struggles of the Red Sox' designated hitter have been so pronounced that it has not been merely the slugger’s abilities that have been doubted, but instead his very identity.


This was not the same Jon Lester who threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals last May. This was someone better. 



Had the Red Sox known what kind of game Brad Penny would have pitched, Julio Lugo would not have been the starting shortstop on Friday.



The questions regarding David Ortiz' eyes came fast and furious, with many of the answers emerging as Friday progressed.



The footsteps are growing louder.



At the end of last week, it had the makings of a flop. The Red Sox had lost four of their first six contests during their three-city, 10-game road-trip, in the process moving from a first-place tie to a 1.5 game deficit in the division.



It was the sixth inning and Josh Beckett had just thrown one of his no-hit pitches.