Orioles - 200 010 110 - 5 8 2
Red Sox - 000 000 006 - 6 6 3
Thanks to phrenile for the graph (which came from here).
And every writer's game story had to be drastically (and quickly) rewritten!!! (box)
Beckett was pulled after four innings (4-2-2-2-7, 64) because of "irritation to his right middle finger" -- an avulsion (tearing away of the skin), not a blister.
Kyle Snyder in -- and he's already made an error and allowed a run. O's 3-0 in the 5th.
Jeremy Guthrie (4.64, 92 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (2.51, 173 ERA+)
Lineup: Mike Lowell has the day off, so Kevin Youkilis (batting 6th) moves across the diamond to 3B and Eric Hinske (batting 8th) will play 1B. (Tito has the two regulars with the worst OBPs -- Lugo (.325) and Crisp (.277?!?) -- batting at the top of the lineup.)
Beckett will try to become the 4th Red Sox pitcher in history -- joining Babe Ruth (1917), Dave Ferriss (1945) and Roger Moret (1973) -- to get a W in each of his first eight starts. No Boston pitcher has won his first nine starts in a season.
Guthrie has pitched only two career innings against the Red Sox (April 27, 2006), allowing one run and striking out two in relief for Cleveland. Beckett started that game as well and did quite poorly (9 runs in 3.2 innings). Ben Broussard had 8 RBI, leading Cleveland to a 15-3 win.