Another rookie shuts down the bats.
I wonder if we just remember games like this or does it really happen often? If someone could find out (with Retrosheet/BR data) on how rookie pitchers who have never faced the Red Sox before actually fare, I'd be very interested.
Jesse Litsch (4.74, 96 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.44, 130 ERA+)
Sinkerballing rookie Litsch, 22, replaced AJ Burnett in the rotation on July 3. He allowed two unearned runs in seven innings to Oakland in his last start.