Rainout Forces A Last Day Fenway Park Doubleheader
The rains came to Fenway Park on Saturday and the Yankee/Red Sox game was postponed until Sunday night. Daisuke Matsuzaka (18-2) will face Mike Mussina (19-9) in Sunday’s first game at 1:35 p.m., and Tim Wakefield (10-11) will go against Sidney Ponson (8-5) at 7:35 p.m in the second. A ceremony to retire Johnny Pesky’s uniform No. 6, originally scheduled for Friday, will be before the first game. Tito Francona had this to say on who will play and for how long...
"We’ll probably go a little shorter than we would have," Francona said of keeping his players fresh and injury-free for the playoffs. "It’s a long day tomorrow, a long day today and yesterday. We’re going to try to play everybody."
Peter here, and the rescheduling should not have an effect on the starting pitchers for Wednesday and Friday in Anaheim. But with the two (and two only) off days, you hate to see your team having to play two on the last day of the regular season. But, as Tito said, he will carefully limit the pitchers' innings. I expect Josh Beckett to get the call on Wednesday and Jon Lester on Friday. They are Boston's two best, and you go with your best when it comes time for October play. Expect to see Daisuke Matsuzaka in game three at Fenway on five days rest.
Mike Lowell will travel west with the club but his playing time, if any at all, is very uncertain. The same goes for JD Drew...you have to consider him as a perennial day to day - you just never know when a back will act up at the last minute. It's fortunate that the Red Sox have a deep and talented lineup or they'd be in deep doo-doo. If I had one wish it would be this...no doubleheader on the last day of the regular season. But the games are scheduled and we'll play 'em. No ifs, ands or buts.
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