Paul Byrd -- wearing #36 now that Kevin Cash has switched to #30 -- will get the ball opposite Roy Halladay tomorrow night in the opener against Toronto.
Halladay threw 130 pitches in his last outing and will be pitching on an extra day of rest. After Josh Beckett goes on Saturday, Clay Buchholz will start on Sunday.
mgl at The Book does not like the Byrd pick-up: "Why would Boston replace one pitcher in the rotation [Buchholz] with another who is probably a run worse? Because they have a case of the stupids!" ... Over at SoSH, there is a debate about how much bad luck has figured into Laptop's season. Over The Monster also looks at some HH data.
Mike Lowell (strained right oblique) does not know how long he'll be out of the lineup. "As long as I can walk in a straight line, it's fine. It's the little twists and turns, things you take for granted, that kind of bite at you. ... I've never had this, so I don't know how it's going to affect me ..."
After hanging out in the bullpen last night, David Pauley was optioned back to Pawtucket and 1B/OF Jeff "Gumball" Bailey was called up.
Boston claimed RHP Marcus McBeth off waivers from the Reds and sent him to Pawtucket. McBeth had a 6.20 ERA in 24 relief appearances for Louisville (AAA) this season. He pitched in 23 games for the Reds last year (5.95 ERA in 19.2 innings). The Sox also designated RHP Lincoln Holdzkom for assignment.
Jere has pix from the 19-17 win. ... SG on Byrd, HGH and porn. ... Out in CF has cool Zink facts. ... Gordon Edes has a column on Pedro Martinez returning to the Mets' rotation and dealing with the death of his father.