When Beckett is activated, one of the bullpen arms -- David Aardsma, Bryan Corey or Javier Lopez -- will have to go. (I can't see them junking Kyle Snyder, though.) And there will be another decision to make when Mike Timlin returns after a couple of outings with Pawtucket, possibly on April 7 and 9, which could make him available for the first Yankees series on April 11.
Jeff Horrigan, Herald:
Daisuke Matsuzaka went out of his way to retrieve the game ball following tonight's 2-1 win after Jonathan Papelbon tossed it into the stands by the visitors dugout in order to save it as his keepsake for his newborn son.Dice:
I had asked my teammates to hang onto the game ball, but I guess the message didn't get through.Matsuzaka became the first Red Sox pitcher to start twice in the first three games of a season since Luis Tiant (helped by two rainouts) did it in 1974 (April 5 and 11). ... Matsuzaka did not issue a walk -- his first BB-free start since last May 30.
Kevin Youkilis played his 193rd consecutive game at first base without an error, tying Steve Garvey. Yook's streak began on July 5, 2006; Garvey set his mark from June 26, 1983 to April 14, 1985.
The Red Sox dropped from #2 to #4 in team payroll ($133.4 million). The top three: Yankees ($209.1), Tigers ($138.7) and Mets ($138.3). Following Boston are the White Sox ($121.2), Angels ($119.2), Cubs ($118.6), Dodgers ($118.5) and Mariners ($118).
Pedro Martinez may have strained his left hamstring last night. He left after 3.1 innings and 57 pitches. He'll have an MRI today.
I was going to make some snarky comment about this:
but then I saw this:
Ummm ... at least Bot's pump was at the end of the game and not after the 8th inning. ... Nah, they both look like idiots.