I'm a little frustrated that I think things were going so good for these first 60 games, and then I just woke up one morning, I felt really tight. ... [We're] searching for things to kind of loosen it up.Does Lowell think he may need to go on the disabled list?
I don't know, I hope not.***
Josh Beckett left after seven innings last night because of "intestinal turmoil". Terry Francona also said Beckett had "some throat stuff" bothering him all week.
Sean McAdam says Beckett missed "the chance to become the first Red Sox pitcher in 45 years to shut out the same team in consecutive starts".
Bill Monbouquette shut out the 1964 Washington Senators 7-0 on July 13 (9-4-0-0-3) and 5-0 on July 17 (9-6-0-0-3).Beckett had shutout Atlanta 3-0 on June 20 (9-5-0-0-7).
The last Boston pitcher to have consecutive complete-game shutouts was Roger Clemens in 1992 -- 5-0 against the Royals on May 9 (9-3-0-1-4) and 3-0 against the Angels on May 15 against the Angels (9-4-0-1-6).
Last night's win was the 800th of Francona's managerial career. Tito has an overall record of 800-731 (.523) -- and is 515-368 (.583) with the Red Sox. He is also 28-14 (.667) in the postseason and is the only manager in baseball history to win his first eight World Series games.