Peter Abraham, Globe:
Matsuzaka could be out for a while. He has a sprained elbow, which likely means there is some degree of ligament tearing. This will be his sixth stint on the disabled list in the last four years ...The starters, though the weekend:
Matsuzaka has shown an alarming drop in velocity and command since leaving his start of April 29 with a "tight" elbow. ...
Lackey is harder to gauge because it's difficult to say to what degree he is actually injured in the first place. Francona said on Monday that [if] this were September, he would be pitching. And while the Red Sox deny it, there certainly seems to be a degree of this DL stint being as much a mental health break given his poor work on the mound and family issues. ...
[Aceves] wanted a chance [to start], here it is. The same is true of Wakefield, who feels he has been wasted as a long reliever and mop-up man. ...
Tonight vs Tigers - Clay BuchholzAfter their dismal 2-10 start, the Red Sox have been 19-10. That .655 pace is the equivalent of a 106-win season. If they can win like they have been doing since April 16 for the remaining 121 games of the regular season, the Red Sox would finish with exactly 100 wins.
Thursday vs Tigers - Josh Beckett
Friday vs Cubs - Jon Lester
Saturday vs Cubs - Alfredo Aceves
Sunday vs Cubs - Tim Wakefield