Red Sox - 000 000 200 - 2 6 0
Rangers - 100 000 000 - 1 9 0
Josh Beckett had a rough 3+ innings -- six hits, one walk, one wild pitch, 81 pitches through four innings -- but he trailed only 1-0. He pulled it together midway through the fourth, and ended up retiring 12 of his last 13 batters, throwing 6-10-12 pitches in his final three frames.
Kameron "Cy" Loe got almost nothing but groundball outs until Manny Ramirez walked to start the 7th and Trot Nixon followed with a home run to right.
Mike Timlin had a very shaky eighth -- and didn't allow the tying run only because of the supreme idiocy of the Rangers' third base coach. He sent Mark Teixeira from second on a bullet single to left field by Kevin Mench. Teixeira hesitated around the bag -- although the coach was waving him around the entire time -- and he was out easily at the plate, Manny-Lowell-Varitek. Sveumed!
Then, with three outs to go, Terry Francona went with Jonathan Papelbon, not Keith Foulke. In fact, I don't think Foulke ever warmed up. Gutsy move, but it paid off. Pap pitched like a man possessed, working quickly, throwing 93-95 with pinpoint control. He got Texas in order: strikeout, pop to short, strikeout. Very, very impressive.
Fact: Foulke is in no way our best option in the 9th -- Papelbon is. Big tip of the cap to Tito for (not only realizing that in his own mind, but) putting it into effect immediately. Foulke is still part of the pen, but perhaps he's a 6th-7th-8th inning guy instead. We shall see.
6:15 PM: Mike Timlin -- the only player not to have seen action in the first two games -- should pitch tonight. Lineups.
3:00 PM: In his first at-bat this afternoon, Bronson Arroyo hit his first career home run, a solo shot on an 0-2 pitch, and got credit for the win as the Reds beat the Cubs 8-6. His line: 6.2-6-5-3-0-7.
Previews: Red Sox and Rangers. 8:00 PM.