March 17, 2008

Francona Announces Season-Opening Rotation

Daisuke Matsuzaka will be the Opening Day starter next Tuesday morning. Jon Lester will start Game 2.

Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield will get the ball in the two exhibition games before the opener. Matsuzaka and Lester are likely to start the third and fourth games of the season in Oakland (April 1 and 2), with Buchholz and Wakefield pitching the first two games in Toronto (April 4 and 5).

Josh Beckett threw from 120 feet today.

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