An early version of the 2010 schedule has the Red Sox opening the season at Fenway Park against the Yankees. Sean McAdam has the scoop on the tentative schedule. The Red Sox opened the 1992 and 2005 seasons in New York.
Red Sox pitchers struck out 17 Toronto batters last night: Beckett 9, Saito 2, Bard 3, Papelbon 3. It was most in a game since April 8, 2001 against the Devil Rays: Pedro 16, Lowe 1.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's rehab start for Portland was pushed back to Sunday; he's still on schedule to face the Orioles at Fenway on September 9. ... Jed Lowrie rejoins Pawtucket today. ... George Kottaras will be back with the Red Sox on Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Two articles on Jason Varitek blocking the plate on Travis Snider. It was a very nice play -- and it kept the game tied -- but the praise seems a bit much. ... Terry Francona says Billy Wagner will not pitch on consecutive days: "That's for sure."
Donkey Watch: Justin Masterson has made four starts for Cleveland (and one relief appearance). In those starts, he has allowed 20 hits and 12 walks in only 19.2 innings.