For the opener of their two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox will feature the same lineup that they employed in Tuesday's 5-0 over the Mariners. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate batting sixth, with Ryan Sweeney leading off, Cody Ross batting seventh in right, Daniel Nava batting eighth in left field and Mike Aviles playing short and batting ninth.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, disputed the idea that there had been any miscommunication regarding Josh Beckett's sore lat that resulted in a skipped start and the subsequent furor over the pitcher's decision to go golfing at a time when he had ben skipped.

"There can be no question our country is in the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I also think there can be no question that it falls on us, the individuals, to find a way out of our own personal crisis." -- Curt Schilling, February 2011

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PHILADELPHIA -- Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, now a member of the Phillies, said that he was not surprised when the Red Sox did not make him an offer to retain his services as a free agent. However, the four-time All-Star also said that he believes the Sox failed to appreciate the value of his durability in a position at which numerous pitchers -- including his anticipated replacement in Boston, Andrew Bailey -- have gone down with injuries this year.

PHILADELPHIA -- Cinco Ocho had the day off Tuesday, but Jonathan Papelbon decided to hang out for a bit.



Josh Beckett took his turn in a suddenly dominant stretch turned in by Red Sox starters. The right-hander punched out a season-high nine batters in seven shutout innings, limiting the Mariners to just four hits as the Red Sox beat Seattle, 5-0, to conclude a two-game series sweep.

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday with Triple-A Pawtucket. The 33-year-old will take three at-bats as designated hitter for the PawSox on Wednesday in North Carolina against the Durham Bulls.

Red Sox left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront was hit in the head by a fly ball prior to Tuesday's game against the Mariners. The ball, hit by a fungo bat, struck the 24-year-old in the right side of the head, causing him to fall to the ground. 

"I'm fine," Doubront said after the incident. Following his fall, he got up under his own power and walked off the field. 

Doubront's next scheduled start is Thursday in Tampa. He has won his last two starts and is 3-1 on the season with a 4.46 ERA.

After getting Monday night off, Ryan Sweeney is back in center field and leading off for the Red Sox as they go for their fifth straight victory. The Sox will send Josh Beckett to the mound while Seattle will counter with Blake Beavan.

Beckett is looking to bounce back from a disasterous outing, as he allowed seven earned runs and two homers over 2 1/3 inning last Thursday against the Indians. His earned run average sits at 5.97 entering Tuesday's contest. 

There was pitch No. 119, a 93 mph fastball that was up, in and past the swinging bat of overmatched Mariners hitter Alex Liddi.