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05/01/2011 - 1:09pm
Beckett pushed back, Lester to start Tuesday

With Clay Buchholz's next start being pushed back to Monday and Tim Wakefield taking over on Sunday, the Red Sox rotation over the next few days became a bit of conundrum. The picture became a little clearer Sunday when Boston manager Terry Francona announced that team ace Jon Lester will start on Tuesday on regular four-days rest in the second game of the upcoming home series with the Angels.

That means that Josh Beckett, who had been set up behind Buchholz in the rotation, will be pushed back to at least Wednesday, although Francona did not name a starter for that day. Daisuke Matsuzaka is also a possibility to get the start as well on Wednesday on regular rest. Beckett last took the mound on Wednesday in a 5-4 loss to Baltimore. In that outing, he gave up a season-high four earned runs over six innings.

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05/01/2011 - 10:07am
Ortiz cleans up with Youkilis out

 With Kevin Youkilis sidelined by his sore hip, the Red Sox lineup will assume a different shape against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. David Ortiz will bat cleanup, while Jed Lowrie (batting sixth) will play third base. Marco Scutaro gets the start at shortstop against the reigning American League Cy Young winner. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, meanwhile, will be behind the plate for Tim Wakefield's first start of the season. 

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Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Drew, RF
Lowrie, 3B
Scutaro, SS
Crawford, LF
Saltalamacchia, C

Wakefield, SP

04/30/2011 - 11:27pm
Youkilis: Hope everybody stays patient

A few members of the Red Sox talked about the frustration that is building in the team's clubhouse after ending April with an 11-15 mark thanks to the Sox' 2-0 loss to the Mariners Saturday night at Fenway Park.

"We just hope everybody stays patience with us," said Youkilis, who left Saturday night's game in the seventh inning for a pinch-runner due to stiffness in his hip.

"It's very frustrating for everybody. Everybody in this clubhouse is frustrated, we want to win more than anybody else. We understand the frustrations out there. People pay a lot of good money to come to the games. We know they're frustrated, and just so everyone knows we're really frustrated to. Guys, this is their life, this what they dream about their whole life to do. We want to play well. We're going to play well, it's just sometimes in life it's not when you want it. Sometimes you have to wait a little bit."

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04/30/2011 - 10:44pm
BC's Herzlich undrafted, but still offers thanks

Despite the fact that he was not drafted this past weekend, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich is keeping a positive attitude. In the wake of Saturday's final round, Herzlich tweeted, "Thanking everyone for their support tough times call for perseverance and a tough mind. Today sucked for me but everyone needs to pray for all the people in Alabama. They need us more than ever right now. ... I have been told that I can't play football before. We all know what happened with that." For more football news, check out

04/30/2011 - 10:19pm
Sox strand 11 in 2-0 loss to M's

Call it missed opportunities. Call it not performing in the clutch. Call it leaving ducks on the pond.

However you want to characterize Saturday’s Red Sox’ loss at the hands of the Mariners, it will still go down in the books as a 2-0 shutout loss in which the Hometowne Team went a putrid 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-4 with the bases juiced.

Lost in the effort was a solid six-inning, two-run performance out of John Lackey. Lackey had his third quality start in a row to lower his season ERA – which stood at 15.58 before the streak – to a much nicer number of 5.65. With the loss, he drops to 2-3 after the month of April. Seattle starter Doug Fister went 5 2/3 strong, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out four.

Boston finishes April with an 11-15 record while Seattle finishes 13-15.

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