Josh Beckett is back as the Sox continue their road swing. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (54-42)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 7.29)
Ja. Wilson SS
Pitching: LHP Jason Vargas (6-4, 2.97)
Game time: 10:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: Remember that scene in Animal House when the Deltas ruined Faber's homecoming parade and the people ran through the streets in a panicked frenzy? We nearly had that last night before Eric Patterson's two-run double in the 13th inning.
In the words of Chip Diller, "All is well, remain calm." The Red Sox are 2-2 on their road trip and trail the Rays by four games in the wild card with 66 games left.
Josh Beckett, damn glad to meet you: The righthander will be pitching for the first time since May 19. He went on the disabled list the next day with a bad back. He threw eight innings in two rehab games for Pawtucket, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven.
Two things to watch for: The command of his breaking pitches and how he works out of the stretch, Those were his problems in April and May.
Beckett is 4-1, 3,15 in five career starts against Seattle including 2-0, 1.98 in two starts at Safeco Field.
Well, we're waiting: David Ortiz has gone 32 at-bats without a home run since the All-Star break. In his defense, Ichiro robbed him of one in the first inning last night.
See if you can guess what I am now: Hideki Okajima threw two scoreless innings last night. It was the first time he went two innings since May 24.
What a shame that a few bad apples have to spoil a good time for everyone: Red Sox catchers last drove in a run on June 29.
I'll write you a note. I'll say you're too well to attend: Mike Lowell is taking today off in his rehab assignment but will play for Pawtucket in Columbus over the weekend. The last time Lowell played in Columbus was in 1998 when he was a Yankees AAA prospect.
You're all worthless and weak: The Mariners are 4-15 in July.
Don't think of it as work. The whole point is just to enjoy yourself: Daniel Bard has not allowed a run in his last 13.2 innings.
My advice to you is to start drinking heavily: Nomar Garciaparra turns 37 today.
On the iPod right now: Shout! by Otis Day & The Knights.
OK, back with more later on including an in-game blog. I promise to stop with the Animal House lines.